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  • 2 medium onions, sliced
  • 2 medium carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 tablespoons margarine or butter
  • 1 14-ounce can chicken broth
  • ALMOST 2 cups (1 7/8 cups) of pumpkin puree (recipe follows)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 8-ounce package frozen, peeled, cooked shrimp, thawed
  • Fresh shrimp in shells, peeled, deveined, and cooked (optional)
  • Plain low-fat yogurt or dairy sour cream (optional)
  • Snipped fresh chives (optional)
  1. In a covered large saucepan cook the onions, carrots, cilantro, ginger, garlic, and allspice in hot margarine for 10 to 12 minutes or until the vegetables are tender, stirring once or twice.
  2. Transfer the mixture to a blender container or food processor bowl. Add 1/2 cup of the chicken broth. Cover and blend or process until nearly smooth.
  3. In the same saucepan combine pumpkin, milk, and remaining broth. Stir in the blended vegetable mixture and the 8 ounces shrimp; heat through. If desired, on small skewers thread additional cooked shrimp. Ladle soup into soup bowls. If desired, top each serving with a spoonful of yogurt, a sprinkling of chives, and a shrimp skewer. Makes 4 servings.
*This is a great recipe, with or without shrimp. Milk can be replaced with half and half or cream for a richer flavor.
**Recipe and Photo courtesy of bhg.com

1 medium sugar pumpkin

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
Cut pumpkin into small manageable pieces and cut off pith and seeds.
Place cut pumpkin skin side up in a large roasting pan. Add 1/4 water and bake uncovered for 1 hour or until tender. Remove from oven and allow pumpkin to cool.
When cooled, cut away skin and mash or puree. Use in any recipe that calls for canned pureed pumpkin.

**Recipe courtesy of allrecipes.com