I know. There’s a lot going on in the title of this recipe. But then again, head-spinning is nothing new in Goddess Country. Mind-blowing food is just what we do. And the asterisks? Ok, well, full disclosure: The Federal Government mandated us to add the *medicinal* asterisk qualifier because this soup is so mind-alteringly delicious, they’re still looking into whether it’s legal in the United States (specifically in the Lower 48).
Usually, we’re not huge fans of asterisk qualifiers, but we let *Medicinal* slide in this case because, we have to admit, it’s right on the money. Check out the facts. Chipotle & Pumpkin *Medicinal* Soup of The Goddesses does the following:
A) Warms you deeply from head to toe
B) Changes your entire perspective on life and
C) Contains tons of pumpkin which is a Superfood chock-full of cancer-fighting properties, antioxidants and nutrients that not only help your eyes, bones and skin, but also fight a myriad of other diseases.
In short, Chipotle & Pumpkin *Medicinal* Soup of The Goddesses is ridiculously delicious preventative medicine.
(Real quick, if you plan to use a blender and not a really big food processor, half the recipe, k?)
– 2 tablespoons olive oil
– 1 large onion, diced
– 5 cloves of garlic, minced
– 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce (You can find these in the canned food aisle. Also, you can use 2 peppers if you really love spicy food, but you have to REALLY love spicy to use 2 peppers.)
– 2 teaspoons Stevia natural sweetener
– 2 teaspoons ground coriander
– 2 teaspoons ground cumin
– 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
– 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
– 1 (29 oz. can) of 100% pure pumpkin OR 2 (15 oz.) cans of 100% pure pumpkin (Yes, you’ll have one more ounce of pumpkin if you go the 2-can route but don’t worry, it’s not a deal breaker. Just make sure the only ingredient on the label is straight-up “pumpkin.” Nothing else.)
– 32 oz. chicken broth
– 1 block (8 oz.) of Neufchâtel Cheese—at room temperature and roughly cut into about 6 even chunks. (Neufchâtel Cheese is usually found right next to the cream cheese but has 1/3 less fat.)
– 2 tablespoons dry red wine (if you don’t have red wine on hand, you can substitute 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar)
– salt & pepper to taste (about a teaspoon of each usually does the trick)
For Garnish: i.e. you want to dress it up because your future boyfriend or girlfriend or boss or someone you need to impress is coming over for dinner…Whatever the occasion, be sure to set the mood appropriately.
See the difference?
Ok, let’s get started.
At this point, the *medicinal* aroma will already begin kicking in. It’s ok to inhale.
Then, put that onion/garlic/spice mixture in your food processor (or a blender) and add the chicken broth, the pumpkin, and the Neufchâtel Cheese and let it whirl ’til it’s all smooth and one happy orange color.
Then, pour your happy orange mixture into a pot, stir in the wine.
Then, over low heat, bring it to a boil, stirring often, taking special care to scrape the bottom of the pot while stirring. Once it hits the boiling point, reduce the heat and let it simmer for about another 30 minutes allowing it to thicken, stirring often.
Then, take the pot off the heat and give it about 10 minutes to “rest” (It’s about to perform medicine, remember? The “resting” allows it to reach it’s premium mind-alteringly delicious consistency).
Then, season with salt and pepper to taste… and serve! Garnish if that’s where you are in life right now. See options above in Ingredients > Garnish.
Then enjoy a healthy dosage! Call it self-medicating if you want. 😉