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Tomato Pumpkin Bisque
3 years ago

Tomato Pumpkin Bisque

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The pumpkin adds creaminess and enhances the already beautiful color of the tomatoes.  Speaking of tomatoes, just 1 cup has 1/3 of your daily allowance for vitamin C which is important in the fall as cold and flu season rears its seasonal head.  You may know that tomatoes have anti-cancer properties but did you know they also aid in bone health?   Who knew? (Source: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=44).

You can make the soup recipe by itself and call it a day, but the topping makes it extra special.  I used something that I don’t often work with – tamarind paste.  You should be able to find this in the Asian food section of your supermarket, or you can always order it online.   I wanted to experiment with making a black sauce and this turned out beautifully.   Agave nectar balances out the tart tamarind, balsamic vinegar adds acidity and basil makes it fragrant and delicious.  The black glossy sauce is a beautiful contrast to the bright orange soup – what a treat for the eyes!  Finish it off with more color – roasted pumpkin seeds, bright red pomegranate arils and fresh basil leaves.  With all these colors and layers of flavor, this soup far surpasses the tomato soup of yesteryear.  Serve with a fresh garden salad and crusty bread.  Enjoy!  If you make this beautiful soup, send a photo in to our Facebook page.  We’d love to post your creations.

 

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