Category: Soups+Stews

Pumpkin-Squash Bisque

11/23/07 | by alvaro [mail] | Categories: Soups+Stews

This year I grew round zucchini. These things are very common in Uruguay and Argentina. When picked small (baseball), they can be stuffed and are simply delicious.

Small Round Zucchini (Zapallitos)

I let one grow to the size of a soccer ball so I could save the seeds for next year. At this point it taste similar to a pumpkin, so I decided that this guy plus the decoration out front would make a nice autumn soup!

I loosely followed this recipe. Alton Brown’s Squash Soup

This is roughly what it had in it:

1/2 small pumpkin
1 Round Zucchini
1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus 1 teaspoon
1 teaspoon black pepper, plus 1/2 teaspoon
3 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1 teaspoon minced ginger
3 ounces evaporated milk
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup of rescued pumpkin dip (This was saved in the freezer). This is the unknown, it had all sorts of stuff in it. It was mostly canned pumpkin, sugar, cream cheese and misc spices. Adding some honey and cream should reproduce this if you want a sweeter soup…

This turned out to be a delicious autumn bisque!

Autumn Bisque
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11/18/07 | by alvaro [mail] | Categories: Soups+Stews

I wanted a quick tomato soup without resorting to using Campbell’s soup. I find that it has an overwhelming chemical and corn syrup flavor plus an itchy throat after-tingle. I started by lightly cooking some onion until translucent in olive oil. I added garlic, then threw in the can of tomato, 1.25 cans of milk, .3 cans of red wine, and then some misc spices… It was pretty delicious. A little kick was added by using two shakes of Tabasco brand Habanero sauce.

Ingredient List:

15 oz can tomato sauce
20 oz milk
5 oz red wine
1/4 - 1/2 an onion
2 cloves garlic
1/4 tsp chicken stock powder
1/8 tsp all spice
black pepper
chili powder
paprika
parsley flakes
Tabasco Habanero Sauce

Notes:
If you don’t want a sweet soup, make sure it has no sugar, or use diced tomatoes

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