18 October 2010

sunday soup, pumpkin tortilla

Mmm mmm, pumpkin tortilla soup.  This is the third time we've made this recipe and it's still a favorite.  El Hombre's mom was in town last night and we wanted a fail-safe menu.  So pumpkin tortilla soup and panini* it was.  Tomato, mozzarella, avocado & pesto panini on homemade bread made in my very own brand-new bread machine.  Whoop!

Back to the pumpkin tortilla soup.  It's a chop everything up, saute & simmer recipe.  And until we sprinkled that cheddar cheese on top, it was completely vegan.  Don't skip the tortilla strip garnish, or the avocado for that matter, they really make the dish.  A spoonful of sour cream on top would also be a nice touch, if you're into that sort of thing.

Pumpkin Tortilla Soup (adapted slightly from here)
  • 12 (6-inch) corn tortillas
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium white onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro or parsley
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1 can pumpkin puree
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 5 cups vegetable stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Canola oil for deep-frying
  • 1-2 ripe avocados, peeled, pitted, and cubed
  • Shredded cheddar cheese, for garnish
  1. Cut six of the tortillas into 1/2-inch squares.  Heat olive oil in a large stockpot over medium heat and add onion, garlic, cilantro or parsley and chopped tortillas.  Stir frequently and cook until onion is soft.  Add the cumin and chili powder.
  2. Add the canned pumpkin, tomatoes, vegetable stock, and salt.  Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for one hour.
  3. While the soup is simmering, cut the remaining 6 tortillas in half and then into thin strips. Heat canola oil in a medium skillet over medium heat until very hot and fry tortilla strips until crisp.  Move tortilla strips to a plate covered with paper towels to drain.  Garnish soup with tortilla strips, avocado and cheddar cheese.  
*The plural of panini is... panini.  Swear.


    1. This looks yummy, but now I'm hungry and it's still an hour left until lunch :)

    2. yumm! that is on my to-make list. We're getting pumpkins in our share today too... perfect timing!

    3. El Hombre's MomOctober 24, 2010 at 6:53 AM

      It was a Superb Soup Sunday meal and the fact that I got to enjoy it with the both of you made it even more enjoyable. Thanks for posting the recipe, I think I’ll make it today.

    4. Where's the meat?


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