Can I please just tell you…this pumpkin bisque is the absolute best mid-week pick me up a girl could ever ask for!
Not only is it a cinch to make, but it also tastes velvety and rich, which is nutso considering it’s made with minimal ingredients and is practically ready and waiting for you when you get home from work slash school slash gym slash fill-in-the-blank-here.
And the gingerbread croutons?!?
They absolutely take this soup from being pretty delicious to being oh-my-gah-I-gotta-have-100-million-more-bowls-of-this-or-I-am-just-gonna-die-from-lack-of-nutrition-because-I-don’t-wanna-eat-anything-else.
Here’s the thing with this soup though…you are going to have to adjust the seasonings to how you and your family like their pumpkin flavored foods.
Now, me? I have a crazy sweet tooth, in fact, ALL of my teeth are sweet so I tend to be a little heavy handed with my natural sweeteners…especially when it comes to pumpkin.
Now, the hubs? He likes things not so sweet, and he said he didn’t think it needed anything added to it (smart man).
Plus, since moving to NC I have to be respectful of the dietary restrictions of some of my test subjects, so I made sure to have a way to compromise so we could all enjoy the soup the way we like to have things.
So, after the four hours of cooking (or 6 if you wanna test that out), this soup isn’t super, duper sweet…SO.TASTE.IT.
If you like to have things a bit on the sweeter side, add in a touch of a sweetener of your choice (i.e. brown sugar, agave, maple syrup, etc) OR add in a couple of heavy pinches of the left over gingerbread spice mixture OR if you don’t want to add any pure sugar, try adding a handful or two of baby carrots to the pot when you are adding all of the other ingredients! If you do add carrots, just be sure to puree the soup with an immersion blender or in your blender &/or food processor before serving up so the soup will remain nice and silky.
Still not sweet enough? Try all three!
Once you’ve got your sweetness level just right, top it with the cinnamon cream and possibly a bit of fresh basil or sage and VOILA! You’ve got an incredibly easy and killer supper that your entire family will enjoy.
Getting to know you…
Have you ever made bisque before?
What’s your favorite soup?
Do you have any dietary restrictions?