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Small Mister's favorite soup

I have been trying to make a lentil and pumpkin soup that I like all autumn and winter.  I finally found one.  Small Mister thinks it is the bestestest!  He eats it hot and cold.  My Beloved will not always heat it up for his lunch and Small Mister shares.

The first time I made it a fancied it up with plain fried scallaps and homemade purple potato chips.  Every time since it has been simple.  It is good both ways.

red lentil and pumpkin soup

6 cups vegetable broth (or a mix of pumpkin water and vegetable broth)

1 cup red lentils, well rinsed

3 cups of pumpkin

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 onion, chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 teaspoon dry thyme

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 small potatoes, peeled and diced

Make your life easy, put the pumpkin and lentils with the vegetable broth in a slow cooker and cook for four to six hours or until done. 

In a large pot, heat the oil.  Add the onion and let cook until translucent.  Add the garlic.  Let cook until the garlic is a little bit brown.  Add the potato, thyme, pepper, salt, lentils, and pumpkin.  Bring to a boil.  Turn down to a simmer and let cook until the potatoes are done.  Take an immersion blender to the pot and blend until smooth.

This is the fancy version with the potato chips and scallops.  Quite lovely.  I go the idea form Small Plates and Sweet Treats.  I changed the recipe again due to what was in the house!  What else is new?

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