This savory but sweet soup is a make-ahead wonder: The pumpkin can be roasted in advance and stored in the fridge for 3 days until ready for use.
- 2 spray(s) cooking spray
- 3 1/2 pound(s) uncooked pumpkin, but a whole 4 lb sugar or pie pumpkin preferred
- 2 clove(s), medium garlic clove(s), peeled
- 3 cup(s) vegetable broth, reduced-sodium
- 1 1/2 tsp fresh sage, minced or 1/2 tsp dried sage
- 1/2 tsp table salt
- 1/2 tsp ground allspice
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
Cut pumpkin in half through its “equator” (meaning, horizontally and not through the stem); scoop out any seeds and fibrous membranes. Set pumpkin halves cut side-down on prepared tray; place a garlic clove under each pumpkin half. Bake until pumpkin is soft and tender, about 1 hour. Cool on baking sheet for 20 minutes. (At this point, the pumpkins can be put in a large, sealable container and stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.)
Scoop flesh from pumpkin shells into a food processor fitted with the chopping blade or a large blender. Add garlic cloves and 2 cups of broth; process or blend until smooth, scraping down insides of canister as necessary.
Pour pumpkin puree into a large saucepan; stir in remaining 1 cup broth, sage, salt, allspice and cinnamon. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally; reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes for flavors to blend. Yields about 1 1/4 cups per serving.
- If you start with a 4 pound whole pumpkin, you'll end up with about 3 1/2 pounds of flesh.