A creamy, velvety pumpkin soup with a Southwestern kick. This healthy low carb soup is rich enough to be the meal! Easy to make in your slow cooker or on your stovetop.
You may have heard that I am moving. I may have made mention of that fact a few times around here. I may have also mentioned that this move is pretty significant, that it’s from one coast of the country to the other. With three young kids. In the middle of the school year. There is so much to do and if I think about it too much, I get almost paralyzed by it all and I feel incapable of doing any of it. Overwhelmed? Yep, I am overwhelmed. And bone tired because all the crazy logistics are keeping me up at night.
I need easy as much as possible. I am not good at easy, as I have quite a talent for making things more complicated than they need to be. But I need to cut corners where I can and keep the simple things simple, without doing my usual routine of adding little extras here and there. The little extras don’t seem like much at the time, but they all add up and then I wonder how things got so complicated. I often do this with meals. I start out with a simple idea and I think I will jazz it up a bit and maybe add a little extra here, a little extra there. Suddenly it’s 7pm and I am scrambling to get my overly complicated meal on the table while hungry kids whine about how hungry they are.
This soup, though…this soup is pretty darn simple. Pumpkin, chicken stock, some spices and some sharp Cheddar, all simmered and blended together. It’s deceptively simple because the flavour, with the cumin and chipotle powder, is tantalizing. A southwestern tang with a creamy smooth pumpkin base. The cheddar makes it velvety smooth too. And then I added some cooked chorizo. Because come on, I couldn’t allow it to be that simple. It’s a sickness, really.
The real intention behind making this soup, besides having a simple and delicious meal, was to showcase some of the cheeses from the Cabot Farmer’s Legacy Collection. Let me be clear that Cabot has not paid me to say any of this, unless you count paying me in bricks of cheese. And since they are worth their weight in gold, I guess that might be payment enough. I have been so fortunate to connect with Cabot and to run twice with the Cabot FitTeam. And I have been the beneficiary of some amazing deliveries of their cheese. The Legacy Collection is comprised of three very distinct cheddars. I am partial to the smooth taste of the White Oak, but I’ve been won over by the nutty, almost Swiss-like Alpine Cheddar. And my littlest loves the Farmhouse Reserve, it’s one of the few cheeses she will actually eat!
And since Cabot and New England go together like cheddar and cheese, I feel a little like I am leaving them behind too. I am sure they sell Cabot in some stores in Oregon but it won’t have the sort of amazing variety you see in the Boston area. And if you’ve ever been to Vermont, oh my! The Cabot love is huge in Vermont and it’s everywhere you go. I’m going to miss that terribly. So this recipe is made in honour of Cabot and all their amazing cheese. Thanks so much for letting me be a part of the Cabot world.