I threw this soup together for our lunch on Monday and can I just say that I completely lucked out?
Because around 11AM I was feeling kind of blah. I think whatever I had for breakfast wasn’t agreeing with me, and I didn’t feel like eating anything. I looked through my little recipe notebook at some lunch soup ideas I had thrown together last year and, using what I had on hand, ended up with this. I never though something so delicious could come from such a lack of appetite.
I must say I was partially inspired by a Thai Pumpkin Hummus recipe I made from Cara’s Cravings recently, and the combination of pumpkin and Thai flavors stuck with me. That hummus is the bomb, by the way. I took it to a small tailgating party, and it got a lot of ohhhs and ahhhhs.
Pumpkin-Coconut Chowder with Shrimp
Total Time: 30 minutes
1 T coconut oil (or other cooking oil)
1 shallot, peeled and diced
1 T grated fresh ginger
1 cup chicken, vegetable, or seafood broth
1 cup shredded carrot (about 1 large)
1/2 cup frozen peas
1 cup 1/2-inch diced potato (any kind will do, including sweet potatoes)
1 Roma tomato, diced
1 14 or 15 ounce can of coconut milk (the real stuff, not light)
2 T lime juice
1 tsp fish sauce (optional)
1/2 cup pumpkin puree (canned is fine)
1/2 tsp salt
6-8 ounces uncooked shrimp, thawed, tails removed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
4 T chopped fresh cilantro
Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add shallots and ginger. Stir and cook for 3-4 minutes until the shallots are tender. Add the remaining ingredients (except for the shrimp and cilantro). Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes until potatoes are tender. Add the shrimp and cilantro during the last 5 minutes of cooking time. Cook until shrimp are pink and opaque.
Serve hot and garnish with more fresh cilantro, roasted pumpkin seeds (pepitas), pumpkin seed oil and/or Thai sweet chili sauce.
from Perry's Plate