Sunday, October 11, 2009

buck wild (for pumpkins!)

so i have to share this recipe from smitten kitchen that ken and i made for dinner tonight! DELISH! we paired it with beer bread from trader joe's (with pumpkin ale) topped with fresh, hot pumpkin butter (also from smittenkitchen).
now we're all pumpkin-ed out on the couch!

black bean pumpkin soup

Accompaniment: Elise’s brined and baked pumpkin seeds, which will be my new go-to recipe

Black Bean Pumpkin Soup
Gourmet, November 1996

Yield: 9 cups

Three 15 1/2 ounce cans black beans (about 4 1/2 cups), rinsed and drained
1 cup drained canned tomatoes, chopped
1 1/4 cups chopped onion
1/2 cup minced shallot
4 garlic cloves minced
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter
4 cups beef broth
a 16-ounce can pumpkin puree (about 1 1/2 cups)
1/2 cup dry Sherry
1/2 pound cooked ham, cut into 1/8-inch dice
3 to 4 tablespoons Sherry vinegar

Garnish: sour cream and coarsely chopped lightly toasted pumpkin seeds

In a food processor coarsely puree beans and tomatoes.

In a 6-quart heavy kettle cook onion, shallot, garlic, cumin, salt, and pepper in butter over moderate heat, stirring, until onion is softened and beginning to brown. Stir in bean puree. Stir in broth, pumpkin, and Sherry until combined and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, 25 minutes, or until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.

Just before serving, add ham and vinegar and simmer soup, stirring, until heated through. Season soup with salt and pepper.

Serve soup garnished with sour cream and toasted pumpkin seeds.


  1. yum. Monica is making a french onion soup recipe right now. you're working up my appetite.

  2. Making this tonight! Great looking recipe full of all my favorite flavors. Easy enough and "pantry" sort of thing. Thanks for posting it! I'll report back tomorrow after I've had a bowl of it from my crockpot, right before I hit the pillow. (Graveyard shifts suck, but they are better than no job at all, right?)


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