Pumpkin Sausage Soup

Contributed By: Terry Borden


1 pound bulk Italian sausage
2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
1 medium onion, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 carton (32 ounces) unsalted chicken stock
1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin
1 tablespoon sugar or sugar substitute equivalent
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup cold water
1/3 cup cornstarch
2 cups shredded smoked cheddar cheese


In a Dutch oven, cook sausage, mushrooms and onion over medium-high heat until sausage is no longer pink and vegetables are tender, 8-10 minutes, breaking up sausage into crumbles; drain. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add stock, pumpkin, sugar and seasonings. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 10 minutes.
Stir in cream. In a small bowl, mix water and cornstarch until smooth. Stir into pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, 1-2 minutes. Add cheese; cook and stir until melted.

Helpful Hints:

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
8 servings (3 qt.
Health tip: Use Italian turkey sausage, half-and-half cream and just one cup of cheese to save about 8g saturated fat.
Kitchen tips
If you're lucky enough to have leftovers, try some spooned over biscuits.
Don't be tempted to substitute plainer cheese for the smoked cheddar. The smoky cheese really adds a complementary flavor to the soup.

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