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Pumpkin Chipotle Soup and I’m Glad to Be Back!

Pumpkin chipotle Soup

Pumpkin Chipotle Soup is simply made with cream and almonds and chipotles. So good and perfect for any Fall meal.

Pumpkin Chipotle Soup

It has been a long time since I opened this blog. Opened is the correct word here; as all I’ve been doing is opening boxes since I last wrote. After visiting Zoe, I recovered at home for a day, before heading to Phoenix to help my parents move. I left on short notice; thought I would be there no more than a week, and ended up being there a full 14 days. It took 10 days just to find the silverware.

Phoenix had delightful temperatures of 90 degrees, (though it is a dry heat) while I was there opening 280 boxes, some stacked in rows 5 boxes high; enough to fill a 2 car garage.

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Add to that more stuff stored in three different storage areas and wine in its own special locker. Yes, now my parents have a new place to call home. It isn’t 6000 square feet, but somehow it has managed to hold many of their prized possessions in just 2200. Square feet, that is. Yes friends, that is called downsizing. I must admit that after this I am ready to clean out ever nook and cranny, just so my kids won’t have to do it when I’m 80.

I am still missing their old house as monstrous as it was, but this is a safer place with lots of amenities to see them through those golden years. I know they will be happy and well taken care of, and that they will still find many parties to be the life of. Hopefully, the smaller kitchen will make it easier for my mom to cook in and now my dad won’t have to sweep the garage and patios. He never liked blowing because he always wondered where the dirt went, if it wasn’t picked up! He does make a good point!

We had lots of decisions to make. Like which wine glasses to save out of the 15 boxes that I had to open. And I’ve never seen so many varieties of Pam and Better than Bouillon in one place.

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I think she must have shopped at a lot of stores to find all of these varieties. There were countless bottles of rice vinegar and my mom must also have cornered the market on dish towels. There were some strange boxes to open…

 

box label

And an awful lot to give away. I think Salvation Army did well. Someone is now the proud possessor of numerous whisks, knives, cheese graters, wine openers, potato peelers, cheese slicers, two toasters, lots of wine glasses and a ton of dish towels, in addition to at least 4 sets of dishware. I hope never to see them again!

Pumpkin Chipotle Soup

I know they are still working hard at it. I know they must be exhausted, because I sure was. Manservant said I came home and went to bed and slept for 12 hours straight. I thought I’d be able to blog a bit while I was there, but I was truly out of my element. I couldn’t even read any blogs to comment. I was just too wiped out. You’ll have to forgive me! I did manage to reread 2 of the Outlander novels and fall in love with Jamie all over again. There was no thought required about this. We went out to eat for breakfast and lunch for 14 days straight, and found one good Chinese restaurant. That is it!

So now I’m home, until we rent a truck in December to bring a few things back. Trust me though-nothing is coming in to this house without something going out! In the meantime, I plan on cleaning and cooking. And cooking and cleaning. And eating soup. Soup is good. Soup is relaxing. And soup is good for cold weather, of which it is supposed to be -11 degrees tonight. Makes 90 sound like a piece of cake!

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Pumpkin chipotle Soup

Pumpkin Chipotle Soup and I’m Glad to Be Back!

  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 Minutes
  • Total Time: 45 Minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 Servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizer/Starter
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Pumpkin Chipotle Soup is simply made with cream and almonds and chipotles. So good and perfect for any Fall meal.


Ingredients

Scale

1 T butter
1  large chopped onion
1 1/2 t minced thyme
1 large can of pumpkin
Salt to taste
12 chipotles from the can, chopped
2 c chicken broth
1/2 c finely ground toasted almonds
1/2 c milk
1/2 c heavy cream

Garnishes:
Salted Pumpkin Seeds
Sour Cream thinned with a bit of milk
6 strips of crisp bacon


Instructions

Melt butter in a large soup pot. Stir in chopped onion and saute over medium heat about 10 minutes or until translucent.

Remove from heat and add pumpkin, thyme and chipotles to pot. Stir well. Now using a hand immersion blender, puree mixture until smooth.

Add chicken broth and simmer for about 20 minutes on low heat. Add almonds, milk and cream and heat for about two minutes or until hot.

You can make this ahead and reheat. If it thickens, which it will probably do, add more broth, milk or cream to liquify mixture to soup consistency. Garnish with your favorite garnishes.


Notes

This soup is not too rich, nor too heavy or spicy. It makes a great starter!

From: The San Francisco Chronicle

Keywords: pumpkin, pumpkin soup, pumpkin soup recipe, pumpkin soup with canned pumpkin

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Pumpkin Chipotle Soup

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Smoky Pumpkin Hummus
Hot Brown Sandwich
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Frozen Cranberry Salad
Fresh Cranberry and Apple Salad
Tequila Cranberry Sauce
Waldorf Salad
Brown Sugar Spice Cake with Caramel Glaze
Gingerbread Pear Upside Down Skillet Cake
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  • Bam's Kitchen
    November 17, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Welcome back! It sounds like you have been a very busy little one! I think your movers must from be China as love that Chinglish going on there! (Or was that you in a blurry tired afternoon) Girl you need a break and this delicious pumpkin chipotle soup sounds like the perfect was to chill out. Take care, BAM

  • Lavender and Lime (http://tandysinclair.com)
    November 17, 2014 at 9:04 am

    I am so glad to read this recipe as I have some chipotle peppers that I don't know what to do with! Hope your moving tiredness is all over 🙂

  • Yi @ Yi Reservation
    November 17, 2014 at 12:59 am

    Welcome home back Abbe! I too recently came back to blogssphere after a busy summer. The pumpkin soup looks really hearty and it's exactly what I need as the winter is already here in NYC. Thanks for sharing.

  • SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    November 16, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    Wow, that's a lot of boxes! Good advice to clean out while we can so our kids don't have to to it later. Wonderful looking soup!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      November 16, 2014 at 11:31 pm

      Whether I clean out or not, I just want them to know, I'm thinking about it! That way, maybe they won't get too mad at me! The truth is though, that it shouldn't matter how much space one has, there is really no reason to have so many of the same thing! Someone else can make good use of it!

  • Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch)
    November 16, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Welcome back Abbe! As you know we just downsized and it was a huge project. I'm sure they can't thank you enough for the support and help. This soup looks incredible. Must try it soon.

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      November 16, 2014 at 11:29 pm

      Huge, Lea Ann! I'm starting now whether we ever downsize or not! Great, simple soup! Thanks!

  • Amy (Savory Moments)
    November 16, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Welcome back! I love using chipotle peppers with pumpkin/winter squash, so i know I'd love this creamy soup!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      November 16, 2014 at 11:29 pm

      You will Amy. It is subtle and good. And thanks!

  • Cheri Savory Spoon
    November 16, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Wow! that's a lot of boxes! so nice of you to get your parents settled, gorgeous looking soup!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      November 16, 2014 at 11:28 pm

      Thanks Cheri! Too many boxes, in my book!

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    November 16, 2014 at 12:28 am

    Having dealt with John's 'olds' the year before last, I do understand. You were a really wonderful daughter to help them get through this. I'd love a bowel of this soup please because it's outstanding!!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      November 16, 2014 at 11:28 pm

      Thanks Maureen! Yes, I'm dishing out a lot of bowels this week. Our weather is freezing. From the 70's to 0, but that's Colorado!

  • Holly @ abakershouse.com
    November 13, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    The chipotle must be a great accent to the pumpkin. I'd love a bowl of this tonight. Not a bowel, just a bowl please! : ) I wonder if whoever wrote that was thinking "towels" and "bowls" at the same time? Sounds like there were plenty of both! Glad it brought a laugh to an otherwise difficult job!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      November 16, 2014 at 11:27 pm

      Very clever, Holly! Chipotle and pumpkin are a match!

  • mimi rippee
    November 13, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    plates and bowels. that's hysterical.

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      November 16, 2014 at 11:26 pm

      When you are moving you have to get a laugh wherever you can! And there were a lot of boxes labeled like that!

  • Liz Berg
    November 13, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    I'm so glad you got your parents settled and are finally home. I felt the same way about our closets after moving my parents out of their house of 50 years…time to purge! And had to giggle at that box's label… Good to see you cooking again!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      November 16, 2014 at 11:25 pm

      It is amazing how going out to eat gets old fast! Thanks, Liz!

  • Kitchen Riffs
    November 13, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Welcome back! We missed you, and are hungry. 🙂 Thanks goodness you brought us soup — and this is wonderful. You had me at chipotle. 😉 Good stuff. Moving is the pits, isn't it? We downsized once, and got rid of a bunch of stuff when we did 3 moves in the space of 2 years, one of them a long distance move (we're crazed, we know). Still have way too much stuff! And are gradually getting rid of it. So hard to do when you have a basement, though — too easy to stick stuff down there! Anyway, good post — thanks.

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      November 16, 2014 at 11:24 pm

      Oh John, you must like punishment! That's a lot of moves! The basement is my husband's office. I figure if I go second then I'll just shovel it all straight into the dumpster! Thanks, John. nice ot be back!

  • Angie Schneider
    November 13, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    280 boxes????!!! Gosh…they would have killed me…
    The soup looks so creamy and comforting, Abbe. You deserve one more bowl!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      November 16, 2014 at 11:23 pm

      Definitely took a lot of patience and hard work! But they are fairly settled and happy, so it seems! Thanks, Angie!

  • Winnie
    November 13, 2014 at 8:02 am

    Wonderful looking soup!!
    I'm a soup lover (all year-round) and would loooooooove to try it!!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      November 16, 2014 at 11:20 pm

      It is a nice soup, Winnie! Thank you!