Pumpkin Soup with Spiced Croutons

In just half an hour this soup can be ready to warm you up. Make an extra batch of the spiced croutons for snacking.

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  • Makes: 8 servings
  • Yields: 8 side-dish servings
  • Start to Finish: 30 mins
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Pumpkin Soup with Spiced Croutons
Ingredients
2
medium carrots, sliced
2
tablespoons butter
1
medium onion, finely chopped
1
stalk celery, finely chopped
1
clove garlic, minced
2
15 ounce cans pumpkin
1
32 ounce carton reduced-sodium chicken broth
1/2
cup half-and-half or light cream
1/2
cup water
3
tablespoons maple syrup
1
teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
 
Salt
 
Ground black pepper
1
recipe Spiced Croutons
 
Celery leaves (optional)
Directions
  1. In a large saucepan cook carrots in hot butter over medium heat for 2 minutes. Add onion, celery, and garlic; cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  2. Stir in pumpkin, broth, half-and-half, water, maple syrup, and pumpkin pie spice. Heat through. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. To serve, top soup with Spiced Croutons and celery leaves.
Spiced Croutons
Ingredients
3
cups 1-inch bread cubes
2
teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
2
tablespoons butter
Directions
  1. In a bowl toss bread cubes with pumpkin pie spice. In a large skillet cook bread cubes in hot butter for 8 minutes or until toasted, turning occasionally.
Nutrition Facts (Pumpkin Soup with Spiced Croutons)
    Per serving:
  • 200 kcal cal.,
  • 9 g fat
  • (5 g sat. fat,
  • 1 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 2 g monounsatured fat),
  • 21 mg chol.,
  • 590 mg sodium,
  • 28 g carb.,
  • 4 g fiber,
  • 11 g sugar,
  • 5 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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