Since the weather cooled, I've been back to making soup again. I've been making some of our favorites and trying new ones. As I've posted them on Instagram, I've gotten requests for the recipes. So, I've decided to do a little blog series and post a recipe each week.
This recipe is a new one for us. I saw it being made on a TV show and it looked so easy and good that I wanted to try it out. In my usual way, I went for it without an actual recipe. I just got the ingredients I remembered seeing on the show and made it like I remembered seeing. I love cooking that way. It's not so fussy, it's more creative, and it's more fun! Luckily, things usually turn out good and this did too. It was hearty, rich, creamy and delicious.
The original recipe called for breakfast sausage (I'm planning to try that version tonight) but I had some ground pork and used that. I fried it up with some finely chopped onion (drain fat as necessary). Then, I added some finely chopped garlic and sliced mushrooms and continued cooking until the mushrooms were done. I seasoned this mixture with salt, pepper, a little cumin, chili powder, paprika, and a dash of cayenne. Next, I added a can of pumpkin and mixed it in and then a can of coconut milk and stirred until everything was combined and creamy. I heated it through and served it up with a sprinkling of toasted pumpkin seeds on top. It's super easy, quick, gluten free, dairy free and Paleo!
Here's the ingredient list:
Canned or Fresh Cooked Pumpkin
Toasted Pumpkin Seeds (optional)
Season as needed with Salt and Pepper
If you use ground pork instead of sausage, you'll need additional spices. I used what I had but you could add some that are more traditional in sausage...like fennel seeds. Here's what I used:
Cayenne - Just a Dash
It makes at least six nice sized servings.
I'm curious how people cook. I've met people who only feel comfortable having a recipe with exact measurements and I've met people who like to just get creative and use recipes as inspiration. I fit more in the second category and will only occasionally use a recipe exactly as written. I've learned to cook a lot of things by watching TV and just going for it. How do you cook? Are you comfortable cooking without recipes and getting creative in the kitchen? Or, are you more comfortable having exact measurements? And, do you have a favorite soup recipe? If so, is it from a recipe...maybe a family recipe? Or did you come up with it? I'd love to know! :-)