Spicy Pumpkin Soup with Avocado Cream

TIP: If you don’t have any buttermilk on hand for the avocado cream sauce, substitute plain yogurt and just a little water.

Yield:
Makes 6-8 servings

Ingredients
1 cup diced yellow onion
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 (29-oz.) can pumpkin
6 -6 1/2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 canned chipotle pepper in adobo sauce *Look for the brand w/out the HFCS
1 tablespoon adobo sauce from can
1 medium avocado, peeled and diced
1/2 cup whole buttermilk
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
8 ounces smoked sausage, sliced *We used Niman brand chorizo from Brookshire Brothers
1 cup black beans, drained and rinsed *Leave these out for paleo version
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
Preparation

1. Place onions, 2 Tbsp. olive oil, and 1 tsp. salt in a Dutch oven over medium heat; cover and cook 5 to 6 minutes or until translucent. Stir in garlic and cumin; cook 2 minutes. Whisk in pumpkin and 6 cups broth; add chipotle pepper and 1 Tbsp. adobo sauce. Increase heat to medium-high, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 12 minutes.

2. Process soup, in batches, in a food processor or blender 1 minute. Add up to 1/2 cup broth, 2 Tbsp. at a time, to reach desired consistency.

3. Process avocado, next 3 ingredients, and remaining 1/2 tsp. salt in a blender until smooth. Add up to 1/4 cup water, 1 Tbsp. at a time, to reach desired consistency.

4. Cook smoked sausage in remaining 1 Tbsp. olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 3 minutes. Stir in black beans and paprika, and cook 1 minute. Ladle soup into serving bowls; top with sausage mixture and avocado cream.

(From Southern Living Magazine)