Ack. Kids have been sick for over a week. Luckily I’ve managed to stay healthy so far (fingers crossed knock on wood because my husband is out of town this week.) But if that doesn’t work out I’ve still got Harry Potter on tape. I’m on to Prizoner of Azkaban, my husband’s personal favorite. Also nothing cures illness like good soup and this one is sooooo tasty. Sweet and creamy with just the right amount of spice. It’s very rich so small amounts will satisfy.

Ginger Pumpkin Soup

2 tablespoons olive oil
3/4 cup chopped shallots
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
4 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup apple cider
1 (15- or 16-ounce) can pumpkin
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
2 bay leaves
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup half-and-half or whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Whipping cream (optional)
Fresh thyme (optional)

In a 3-quart saucepan heat oil over medium heat. Add the shallots,
onion, and ginger; cook until tender. Stir in the flour. Carefully
add the chicken broth and cider all at once. Cook and stir over
medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Stir in the pumpkin, maple
syrup, bay leaves, dried thyme, cinnamon, pepper, and cloves.
Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 20 minutes.

Remove from heat. Discard bay leaves. Cool slightly. Pour one-fourth
to one-third of mixture into a blender container or food processor
bowl. Cover and blend or process until smooth. Pour into a bowl.
Repeat with remaining mixture until all is processed. Return the
mixture to the saucepan. Stir in the 1 cup half-and-half or whipping
cream and the vanilla. Heat through, but do not boil. Ladle into soup bowls. If desired, swirl a little whipping cream into each serving; garnish with fresh thyme.

Makes 8 to 10 servings.


  1. I’ve never tried pumpkin soup! I’ll have to give it a shot!

  2. Another wonderful fall recipe that sounds delicious.

    PRISONER OF AZKABAN was my favorite Harry Potter until THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE came out.

  3. You inspired me (or made me jealous) . I got my hands on all 7 audiobooks and now folding laundry has become my favorite activity. I am going to open a temporary laundry folding business so I can listen all day and make money too.

  4. Hi again, Liesl! Just wanted to let you know I gave you an award this evening. Oh, and my first Harry Potter audiobook is currently sitting on the reserve shelf at the library:)

  5. Yum! This soup sounds delicious! Thanks for posting the recipe.

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