Skinny Bitch Tuesdays: Creamy Pumpkin Soup

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All good things have to come to an end sometime. Whether that be your formative college years, your favorite season or an incredible vacation, things just have to end. And friends, the end is here for Skinny Bitch Tuesdays. As sad as I am by endings, I’m absolutely thrilled to share this recipe for creamy pumpkin soup with you. It’s not only my favorite from the series, but represents my “going out big” mentality.

Now, like most of the other recipes, I changed this one up quite a bit. Like Jennifer, I’m not a huge fan of overly sweet soups and I’m on a bit of a savory pumpkin kick (here’s the chili and mac n’ cheese to prove it). So I left out the sugar and added sage. I also think my use of homemade pumpkin puree took turned this soup from good to absolutely mind-blowing. My friend Jackie did an amazing tutorial on how to roast & puree your own pumpkin, so check it out, do it and make this soup.

Another ingredient that blew this soup out of the water was the goat cheese. I’ll be honest, I just know I couldn’t live without goat cheese. I’m sure if I had to (someone was holding a gun to my head), I would. But not in my normal pleasure seeking life. In this soup, it adds such a incredible depth of flavor and creaminess. Pumpkin soup is amazing on it’s own, but when you add cheese, well…that just takes it to a whole new level.

Remember how I said I liked to “go out big?” (As if an amazing recipe of creamy pumpkin soup wasn’t enough). Well, so do my beautiful friends Jennifer, Stephanie and Michelle. So, we decided to share the love of Skinny Bitch and celebrate the end by hosting a little giveaway! Each of us is giving away a copy of Kim’s fabulous vegan cookbook! That’s 4 different ways to enter and 4 different blogs to win it on! Just scroll on down to the bottom of the post to enter!

When you think about endings, you can’t help but feel sad. And maybe that’s why Stephanie chose such a comforting, warm soup to wrap up our series. Something to warm our hearts and give us something cozy to remember, a nostalgic soup that’ll make us smile. And on this chilly, dark and dreary second day of October, I couldn’t imagine wanting to eat anything else.

Creamy Pumpkin Soup

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Serves about 5. Recipe adapted from Skinny Bitch.
Prep time: About 15 minutes
Cook time: About 20 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 tablespoons water
  • 2 cups fresh pumpkin puree (use this recipe)
  • 1/2 cup light cream
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons sage
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 – 2.5 ounces of soft goat cheese (or any cheese you’d prefer)

Directions: 

  1. In a large pot, heat butter over medium high heat. Add onions and cook about 2 minutes. Add in garlic and cook another 2 – 3 minutes, or until fragrant. Add in broth and water and bring to a boil. Once mixture is boiling, stir in pumpkin puree. (Mixture will be thick, don’t worry). Add sage, salt and pepper; heat for about 2 – 3 minutes, or until pumpkin has smoothed out into the broth.
  2. Pour mixture into the base of a food processor. Blend on low until smooth. While blending, carefully pour in light cream and milk. Once blended, add in chunks of the goat cheese. Blend until mixture is completely smooth. (Add additional goat cheese to taste).
  3. Stir in pumpkin pie spice and additional salt and pepper to taste.

Nutritional information per 1 cup serving:

Calories: 154.8
Fat: 9 grams
Carbohydrates: 8.4 grams
Fiber: 3.8 grams
Protein: 5.6 grams
Weight Watchers Points: 4

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Comments

  1. Posted by Anita at Hungry Couple on
    Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
    OK, Claire, I'm lazy when it comes to making soup so I admire the recipes but rarely pin them. This one got pinned and is getting made!
    • Posted by realistic nutritionist on
      Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
      YAY!! I'm so glad to hear! it's seriously so EASY.
  2. Posted by amy donovan on
    Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
    This sounds wonderful! I'll take a large bowl for lunch, please. =)
  3. Posted by amy donovan on
    Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
    My favorite fall recipe? Definitely any type of super savory comfort food soup or stew.
  4. Posted by gail on
    Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
    pumpkin pie, or pumpkin anything
  5. Posted by SandraSECooking on
    Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
    Yummy! Pumpkin soup with goat cheese, so delicious! Love it!!! Great pics btw..
    • Posted by realistic nutritionist on
      Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
      THANK YOU! I hated the pictures today haha!
  6. Posted by Lizzy Do on
    Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
    I saw Jennifer's post, too....and heartily approve of a more savory version of this soup! It looks fantastic!!!
  7. Posted by Elizabeth on
    Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
    I love Pumkin Bread lots of variations, w dried cranberries is a favorite of mine.
  8. Posted by Tutti Dolci on
    Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
    This soup looks so, so good!
  9. Posted by Nina @ SweatingIt.net on
    Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
    I have a similar relationship with goat cheese. If I see goat cheese on any menu item I am unequivocally there! Hoping to try this recipe in the next few weeks, it looks wonderful! Thanks!
    • Posted by realistic nutritionist on
      Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
      It's just the best, right? I can't live without it!
  10. Posted by Joanna on
    Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
    Any kind of soup, but especially my bean and veggie chili. Mmm. Yum! It feels like fall
  11. Posted by Kristin Jones on
    Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
    My favorite fall recipe is butternut squash soup. So delicious!
  12. Posted by The Beeroness on
    Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
    I completely love this. Goat cheese is one of my favorite substances on the entire planet, and a skinny soup is my soul mate for the winter (when the eff is it going to get cold here already?) and you are so awesome for the link to my post. Heart you.
  13. Posted by christina on
    Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
    I am always looking for incredible savory pumpkin recipes. It is easy to make a sweet dessert using pumpkin, but LOVE pumpkin and sage together.
  14. Posted by Kate@Diethood on
    Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
    Pumpkin, and goat cheese...and sage! Wow! Awesomme soup!
  15. Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
    I love anything with pumpkin or apples for Fall
  16. Posted by Kyie S. on
    Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
    Anything either apple or pumpkin! So delicious!
  17. Posted by Katie on
    Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
    Crockpot applesauce!
  18. Posted by Elaine on
    Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
    Oh yum! Easy and skinny! That's my kind of recipe :)
  19. Posted by MaryB on
    Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
    Anything pumpkin - pie, soup, bread...yum!
  20. Posted by Christine Rosko on
    Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
    Paula Dean has these amazing pumpkin bars that my noni will make. She substitutes something so there isn't so much butter but they are so amazing!! I can't wait to have them this weekend.
  21. Posted by Savory Simple on
    Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
    What a gorgeous soup! I love any squash soup in the fall.
  22. Posted by Jess on
    Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
    I just made pumpkin gnocchi for the first time, and it was really delicious and much easier than I imagined. I can't wait to try this soup!
  23. Posted by Sara Derks on
    Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
    Apple crisp is my go to fall recipe!
  24. Posted by Rachael Abel on
    Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
    I don't have a favorite fall recipe, but I really do love a good kale soup. This soup looks great and the goat cheese.. YUMMMMM!!
  25. Posted by Jan on
    Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
    I just love anything pumpkin,apple, and oh the soup and stews! Don't get me started! Lol.
  26. Posted by jacquie on
    Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
    apple crisp.
  27. Posted by Christy Milford on
    Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
    So many pumpkin recipes lately! This is perfect because I've been craving a nice filling soup like this- thanks :)
  28. Posted by Michele on
    Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
    Carrot ring - I use an old family recipe, yum.
  29. Thursday, October 4th, 2012
    I love pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting, yum!
  30. Posted by Kristina Kubik on
    Saturday, October 6th, 2012
    This sounds fabulous! I've been eyeing her Butternut Squash soup all week too... :) I don't really like overly sweet soups either, the sage and goat cheese sounds soooooo good w/the pumpkin!
  31. Posted by Lauren Kane on
    Monday, October 8th, 2012
    This sounds awesome! I'm def going to try it! Did you use fresh or dried sage?
    • Posted by realistic nutritionist on
      Monday, October 8th, 2012
      It's SOOOOO good :) I used dried, but you could certainly use fresh!
  32. Monday, September 22nd, 2014
    Trying this tonight. Is "1/4 tablespoon water" a typo? I don't know how one would even measure that.