Monday, October 10, 2011

It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown - *Pumpkin Soup Bar

"There are three things I have learned to never discuss with people; religion, politics and the Great Pumpkin."

This charming classic is allegedly airing on Thursday, October 27th this year. So this gives us plenty of time to plan our "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" viewing parties! But if you have this movie on dvd, have your party whenever you want it. Of course when a bunch of people get together to eat, it's hard to please everyone. So I like the idea of making a big pot of pumpkin soup and having a toppings bar, so everyone can pick and choose and create their own special soup. (of course some may not like pumpkin, but whatchya gonna do?)

This is my basic Pumpkin soup recipe, it makes two big bowls, so multiply the recipe accordingly.

1 can pumpkin
1/2 large onion
2 stalks celery
1 large carrot
1-2 TB diced shallots
1 cup vegetable broth
3/4 cup Cashew Loja (aka cashew chz) recipe in this post
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp rosemary
1/8 - 1/4 tsp cinnamon (to taste)
scant nutmeg (to taste)
salt (to taste)
2 TB olive oil

Chop onion, celery and carrots and saute in a skillet with olive oil for about 3-5 minutes (onions should be translucent). add shallots, saute for up to another minute. Add thyme and rosemary. In a food processor put in pumpkin, cashew blend, vegetable broth, and everything in the skillet. Blend until ultra creamy smooth. Put in a big pot, warm and serve.

From top to bottom -

* Pignosan, pronounced- PEEN yo zhan or PEEN yo jhan
-1/4 cup pine nuts, tsp nutritional yeast, smidge of salt and lemon. Grind in a mini food processor or coffee grinder.
*Toffutti sour cream
*Crispy Sage - add a TB of vegan butter to a skillet and toast sage leaves until crispy
*Roasted and salted pumpkin seeds

Vegan Mofo #6


  1. This post makes me smile! Great pumpkin is one of my favorite childhood memories, and you pumpkin soup with toppings bar looks divine ^_^ checking out your cashew cheese now, tooo!

  2. Love this creative way to introduce a recipe! I absolutely love the Great Pumpkin special. The soup looks amazing too!

  3. That is seriously the prettiest bowl of soup I have ever seen!

  4. I love the Great Pumpkin and you idea for a pumpkin soup bar. i would have never thought to combine cashew cheese with pumpkin... awesome idea!

    your photo of the topping looks great!

  5. Thanks! I usually use cashew chz in my creamy soups as the "heavy cream" I find it works the best :)

  6. The pumpkin soup is gorgeous! Such a wonderful dish with an awesome movie. :)