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.