Pumpkin Bourbon Soup
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"Pumpkin Bourbon Soup"

Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time1 hr 35 mins
Total Time2 hrs
Servings: 8 servings


  • 2 small pumpkins
  • 1 tsp picked thyme leaves
  • 1 tsp fresh sage
  • 1 cup shiitake mushrooms
  • 3 garlic cloves diced
  • 1 large shallot
  • 1 Tb butter
  • 1/2 tsp ground cayenne
  • 1/2 ground all spice
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 c of bourbon
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 14 fl. oz can of coconut milk
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper


  • Begin by placing one whole and uncut pumpkin in an oven at 400 degrees and roast for 45 minutes.
  • After roasting is complete, cut the pumpkin into half.
  • Scoop out and discard the flesh and seeds.
  • Cut the pumpkin halves into wedges.
  • Then slice off the skins.
  • Cut the pumpkin into 1-inch chunks.
  • In a pot or dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat, and add the shallot, garlic, and mushrooms. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Sauté until soft.
  • Add pumpkin chunks to pot.
  • Combine sage, thyme, ground cayenne, ground all spice, ground cloves, and ground cardamom. Stir these ingredients together.
  • Next, deglaze the bottom of the pot with bourbon and stir again.
  • Include the maple syrup, chicken stock, and water. Stir once more.
  • If you want to serve your soup in a pumpkin. Complete the following step: Place your second pumpkin (after you have removed the inside flesh and seeds) in the oven and roast for 25 minutes at 400 degrees until tender when poked with a fork.
  • Consecutively, cover the pot of pumpkin broth and bring to a simmer for about 30 minutes.
  • Then transfer the broth to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Do it in batches instead of overloading your blender.
  • Move pureed soup back into the pot and add the coconut milk. Stir and then let simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Season with salt and more maple syrup to taste.
  • Serve in rustic roasted pumpkin or in a regular bowl. Garnish with sage.