• 1 medium onion, chopped
• 2 cloves garlic, chopped
• 1 and ¾ cup roasted and mashed pumpkin* or 1 can (15 oz.) pure, unsweetened pumpkin
or 1 and ¾ cup roasted and mashed butternut squash
• 4 cups (1 quart) unsalted vegetable broth or water
• 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce (or 2 if you want to break a sweat; for timid palates omit the chipotle pepper and add 2 tsp mild chili powder)
• 1 tsp ground cumin
• ½ tsp ground coriander
• ¼ cup raw, unsalted pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds)
• cilantro for garnish (optional)
*For fresh roasted pumpkin, cut a sugar pumpkin in half. Scoop out the seeds and strings and place the halves face down on a silpat baking sheet or parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake at 350°F until soft, about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Cool and then scoop out the flesh. Freeze any remainder for other recipes. Butternut squash can also be used in this recipe as an alternate to pumpkin. Simply follow the same roasting technique.
In a dry skillet, toast the pepitas over medium heat. Stir the seeds frequently to evenly toast and prevent scorching. Set aside.
Water sauté the onions and sauté until lightly golden. Add the garlic and sauté an additional minute. Transfer the mixture to a high speed blender.
Add the pumpkin, 2 cups of broth, the chipotle pepper and the cumin and coriander; process until completely smooth. Transfer to a large cooking pot and add the remaining stock/broth. Bring to simmer, partially cover and cook for 30 minutes. Ladle into individual bowls and garnish with the toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds) and optional cilantro.
Garnish with chopped kale, microgreens, sesame seeds, etc. Add your favorite bean(s).
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