All the delicious flavors of fall and Thanksgiving in this hearty soup.Getty Images/iStockphoto

When cooking a fresh pumpkin, carve in half; scrape out the seeds and string, and save the seeds to roast or sauté.

Add salt and pepper and bake in a bain marie pan with water to cover about 1/4" of the pumpkin placed flesh side down. Roast at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes or until just tender, depending on size. Keep checking so as not to overcook.

This is a creamy pumpkin soup for autumn. This soup is smooth and flavorful. The addition of ginger lends a sweet and spicy flavor to a traditional seasonal dish. The cinnamon croutons are lovely and make the soup reminiscent of pumpkin pie.


3 tablespoons margarine, softened
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 slices whole wheat bread
1 cup chopped onion
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth
1lb fresh pumpkin cooked and pureed OR a (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 cup heavy whipping cream


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Combine butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Spread butter mixture evenly over one side of each bread slice. Place bread, buttered side up, on a baking sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until bread is crisp and topping is bubbly. Cut each slice of bread into 8 small triangles or squares.

Sauté onion in butter in a medium saucepan until tender.

Add 1 can chicken broth; stir well. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes.

Transfer broth mixture into the container of a blender or processor. Process until smooth.

Return mixture to saucepan. Add remaining can of broth, pumpkin, salt, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, and ground pepper; stir well. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Stir in whipping cream and heat through. Do not boil. Ladle into individual soup bowls. Top each serving with Cinnamon Croutons.

What's the ratio of a pumpkin's circumference to its diameter?

3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937510582... {Pumpkin Pi}

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