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Tomato Pumpkin Soup (Serves 6-8)

Pumpkin is the unexpected healthy ingredient in this tasty tomato soup. I developed this recipe for a presentation in Cheboygan, Michigan using cancer preventing foods. Both tomatoes and pumpkin are the nutritious stars in this homemade soup.

2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1 (14.5-ounce) can stewed tomatoes
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon dried basil leaves, crushed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 (15-ounce) can cooked pumpkin
Fresh or freeze dried chives for garnish

. In large soup kettle heat vegetable oil until hot. Sauté the onions until tender.

2. Add chicken, tomatoes, maple syrup bay leaf, Worcestershire sauce, basil, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer 15-20 minutes.

3. Add the pumpkin, stirring well and heat until hot. Remove bay leaf.

4. In about 2 cups quantities, put soup in blender and blend until smooth.

5. Return soup to kettle and again heat until piping hot.

6. Serve garnished with chives.

Nutritional information per serving:
100 calories, 7 grams protein, 2 grams fat, 12 grams carbohydrate, 3 grams fiber, 0 milligrams cholesterol, 582 milligrams sodiuim