An elegant harvest starter, this brilliant orange pumpkin soup has a luxurious topping of fragrant cream and pumpkin seeds. If you can’t find pie pumpkin, substitute butternut squash.
Packages of pumpkin seeds are sold in the snack or bulk food section of most supermarkets or health food stores. Sliced smoked almonds or toasted walnuts are also delicious sprinkled over this soup.
Test Kitchen Trick
To make pumpkin and squash easier to peel, make a slit in skin with a sharp knife. Then microwave on high just until pumpkin or squash starts to soften, 4 to 6 minutes. Cool slightly, then slice off peel.