Spiderweb Pumpkin Curry Soup

Photo provided by NestléThis pumpkin curry soup puts pumpkin in a whole new light -- and is a great showpiece dish.
Photo provided by NestléThis pumpkin curry soup puts pumpkin in a whole new light -- and is a great showpiece dish.

Spiderweb Pumpkin Curry Soup

Serves 4. Recipe is from Nestlé. This soup may be made a day ahead. Cool to room temperature after adding pumpking and evaporated milk, then cover and refrigerate. Just before serving, blend, then reheat. Do not boil.

1 tbl. olive oil

1 small onion, finely chopped

1 clove garlic, finely chopped

11/2 tsps. curry powder

1/2 to 1/4 tsp. ground coriander

1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper

3 cups water

2 to 3 chicken boillion cubes

1 (15-oz.) can pumpkin

1 (12-oz.) can evaporated lowfat 2% milk

1/4 cup light sour cream

1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic. Cook, stirring constantly, for 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in curry powder, coriander and red pepper. Cook for 1 minute. Add water and boullion and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, stirring occasionally, for 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in pumpkin and evaporated milk and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes, or until heated through.

2. Transfer mixture to a blender or food processor and blend until creamy. Work in batches, if necessary. Ladle warm soup into bowls.

3. Place sour cream in a small, heavy-duty plastic bag. Cut a tiny corner from the bag and squeeze to pipe concentric circles onto the top of the soup. Using a wooden pick or the tip of a sharp knife, pull the tip through the sour cream from the center to the edge of the bowl.