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Spiced Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin, sweet potato and nutmeg combine with savory ingredients for a deliciously warming spiced soup.

Makes 6 servings

1 tablespoon butter
1 cup onion, chopped
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 cup peeled and cubed sweet potato
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 14-ounce cans of nonfat and low-sodium chicken broth
1 15-ounce can of pumpkin
1 cup 1 percent milk
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
Nonfat sour cream (optional)
Chopped cilantro for garnish (optional)

1. Melt butter in a Dutch oven or large saucepan over medium-high heat. Saute onion for 3 to 4 minutes, then add flour, curry, cumin and nutmeg; saute for 1 minute.

2. Add sweet potato, salt, chicken broth and pumpkin and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, partially covered for about 20 to 25 minutes or until sweet potatoes are cooked through and softened. Remove from heat and let stand for 10 minutes to cool.

3. Place half of the pumpkin mixture in a blender and process until smooth. Using a strainer, pour soup back into pan. Repeat with rest of soup.

4. Raise heat to medium, then stir in milk and cook for 5 minutes or until soup is heated through.

5. Remove from heat and add lime juice.

6. Serve with an optional dollop of nonfat sour cream and/or sprinkled with chopped cilantro.

Nutrition facts per serving (1/6 of recipe or 300 grams): 128 calories, 31 calories from fat, 3g fat, 2g saturated fat, 7mg cholesterol, 351mg sodium, 19g carbohydrates, 3g dietary fiber, 0g sugars, 6g protein, 405 percent Vitamin A, 15 percent vitamin C, 8 percent calcium, 8 percent iron

Recipe submitted by: Public Health of Seattle & King County: Reprinted with permission.

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