Thursday, October 18, 2012

Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes and Pistachios

This recipe was given to me by Daniela, our fantastic tour guide in Sicily and Southern Italy. This was videoed on Mt Etna, in a region where pistachios grow. I’ve tried it and it is delicious!
Gracie, Daniela!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Pumpkin Apple Soup

© 1999 "So Easy, So Delicious"
3 lbs fresh or (2) 16 oz cans pumpkin
6 C chicken or vegetable broth
2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and cubed
1 large onion, chopped
½ tsp rosemary
1 tsp thyme
½ C milk or half and half
Salt and pepper, to taste
½ C sour cream or yogurt, for garnish
Croutons, for garnish

Peel and cube pumpkin and cut into 2-inch pieces. Heat broth in a large pot. Add pumpkin, apples, onion and spices. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 30 minutes, or until apples and vegetables are tender. Purée in a food processor or blender. Return soup to the pan and add milk or half and half and simmer for 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve with a dollop of sour cream or yogurt and croutons, if desired.

Hint: If using fresh pumpkin, to avoid the drudgery of peeling and cutting it, wash it and poke it all over with the tines of a roasting fork. Place on a plate, uncovered, in the microwave and cook on high for 10 minutes. Turn over and cook for another 10 minutes. Remove from microwave and cool briefly. Cut open, remove and discard the seeds (or roast, if desired). Using a spoon, scrape flesh of pumpkin from the skin and place in the soup pot and proceed with recipe.