Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Pumpkin Sausage Soup

serves 6

1-1.25 lbs bulk breakfast sausage (if you want to make some yourself, I have a recipe here:
1/2 a large onion, minced
1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced
1 small cooking pumpkin, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks (or one 15-oz can of pumpkin)
4 cups chicken stock
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried thyme
pinch of dried rosemary
1 tsp paprika
pinch of red pepper flakes
1 tsp sea salt or to taste
2 T butter or some other more paleo cooking fat
1/2 cup coconut milk

Heat the butter in a heavy deep pot and saute the mushrooms over medium-high heat until golden. Remove from the pot to a small bowl, leaving the butter. Add the onions to the pot and saute them until golden, then remove them to a separate bowl. Add the sausage to the pot and brown it until it is cooked through and looks tasty. Remove the sausage from the pot and set aside.

Add the pumpkin to the pot and deglaze with the chicken stock. Add the onions back in and simmer until the pumpkin is soft, about 10 minutes. Puree the soup (a hand blender is easiest, but a regular blender will do). Add in all the remaining ingredients except the coconut milk (don't forget to add in the cooked mushrooms and sausage!), and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the coconut milk.


That's the hard way to make the soup. :) The easy way is to cook the onions, mushrooms and sausage all together at once and use canned pumpkin, saving some steps and a dirty blender. The easy way makes perfectly fine soup, but it won't have the same layers of texture and flavor that the harder version does.


recipe adapted from:


Yummy said...

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Anonymous said...

I made this soup last night (opted for the easy route), and it is absolutely amazing! Thanks for posting.

Anonymous said...

i cooked up the spinach,egg and coconut scramble today - so tasty, so green, so simple. what a great website btw. thank you.

Unknown said...

only a few blogs i look out for and yours is one of them. glad to see you are back. thanks for the recipes and great pics.

Unknown said...

I made this soup the easy way using canned pumpkin. I also used canned mushrooms. I work at night so I popped everything into the crockpot before going to bed for the day and when I got up it was ready for my breakfast/supper. My family loved it! I am gradually moving them and myself to a more and more primal way of eating. The best thing is, my mother and myself are losing weight and my younger sibs who have a tendancy towards being rather skeletal are putting on muscle and growing! Thanks so much for your recipes and your insights. Always look forward to your new posts, please keep it up! Thanks!

Elizabeth said...

To everyone: Thanks so much! Your comments all mean a lot. :)

I'm glad the canned pumpkin version of the soup has worked out well for those who tried it, too.

Unknown said...

We're making this tonight!

mcgrail said...

Had to use canned Pumpkin...there were no pumpkins left at the market. Accidentally used Turmeric instead of Paprika...made for one spicy soup...great recipe! Next time I use Paprika! (or add shrimp to the turmeric version - thinking about doing it leftovers for lunch tomorrow) Thanks for your blog!

Anonymous said...

I made this soup the other day, and my boyfriend, who doesn't like soup or most vegetables, loved it. I was amazed.

Christine said...

thanks for this recipe. I took this to a potluck party and kept it warm in a crockpot. Lots of compliments! And, several requests for the recipe. I directed them to your blog....

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Anonymous said...

I have a very happy family after tonight's dinner! My 4 & 6-year-olds couldn't get enough. Will definitely double, or triple, next time so we have more throughout the week... Thank you!

Anonymous said...

This soup is absolutely amazing. I talked my picky eater son into tasting a spoonful, and he gobbled up the whole bowl. BTW I also added in some spinach at the very end. Don't know if that affects the paleo aspect or not (I don't really follow paleo, just stumbled on this recipe)....Thanks.