Sunday, January 11, 2015

Souper Sunday - Pumpkin, Sausage and Mushroom

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:

Breakfast Sausage
Canned or Fresh Cooked Pumpkin
Coconut Milk
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 fennel seeds.  Here's what I used:

Chili Powder
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!  :-)


Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Never, ever do I follow a recipe. And very hard for me to share recipes as I never measure, just add a dash of this and a dash of that until it tastes good. I've gotten pretty good at combining spices and getting things to taste just right, especially with soups. Except for the meat part, this sounds like a delicious soup. Can't go wrong with pumpkin and coconut milk. :) Best wishes, Tammy

Art and Sand said...

I am going to show the head chef at our house this recipe for sure!

Michelle said...

This does sound wonderful!

Cindie said...

The soup sounds yummy, will be trying it soon.

I always follow a recipe for baking, but not always for cooking. I may start with a recipe and go from there depending on what ingredients I have on hand and after I've made it once I pretty much never look at the recipe, just eyeball ingredients.

mamasmercantile said...

That soup sounds delicious. I am more of a try and see type and don't measure anything out.

Delighted Hands said...

I like creativity and color...this fits the criteria!

Susan said...

I think of recipes as more of a starting point. I usually don't have more than half of the ingredients so I punt. That soup sounds so good - I think I have MOST of the ingredients, so I am going to make it!

Amy at love made my home said...

Your soup sounds delicious! I love pumpkin anything apart from pie! With recipes I vary, baking I always follow exactly, other things I tend to the first time and then will vary after that, but things that I make all the time - chilli, pasta dishes etc I just make it up as I go along depending on what I have to hand! So I guess that I am a mix and match kind of person! xx

Wainwright and Wright.Co said...

Sounds and looks delicious - thanks for sharing. I love making soups in the winter
Caz xx