Smoky Pumpkin Soup with Pistachio Twists

Smoky Pumpkin Soup with Pistachio Twists


2 servings


Pumpkin Soup: 
16oz organic pumpkin (or sweet potato, carrot, butternut squash)
1 small yellow onion, diced 
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil 
2 1/2 cups no-chicken broth 
1 tablespoon smoked paprika 
1 teaspoon hickory powder 
1 teaspoon red chili flakes 
1 pinch ground ginger  
Salt & pepper 
6 fresh sage leaves 
*vegan sour cream (optional garnish)

Pistachio Twists: 
1 sheet frozen puff pastry (thawed according to box directions)
Flour for dusting 
1/4 cup pistachios roasted & salted, crushed 
1/4 cup vegan parmesan or nutritional yeast flakes 
1/4 cup plant-based milk or vegan egg 


Pumpkin Soup:
1. In a small pan over med-high heat, sauté onions, garlic and red chili flakes in olive oil until fragrant, about 3 minutes.
2. Add onion& garlic mixture plus pumpkin, broth, smoked paprika and hickory powder to a blender. Blend for 60 seconds, until smooth. Add salt & pepper to taste. Thin with additional broth or water to your desired consistency.
3. Garnish with sage leaves and sour cream

Pistachio Twists:
1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (204°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. On a lightly floured surface, unfold the puff pastry.
3. Lightly sprinkle the pastry sheet(s) with flour. Grab a rolling pin and roll the pastry to between 1/8- and 1/4-inch thickness.
4. Combine the parmesan and pistachios, then sprinkle half the mixture evenly over half of the pastry.
5. Fold the pastry half without toppings over the parmesan/pistachios. Press gently.
6. Lightly brush the pastry with some of the egg mixture or plant-based milk. Sprinkle the remaining parmesan/pistachio mixture on top of the pastry.
7. Using a sharp knife or a pizza cutter, slice the puff into 12 strips, each about 1/2 inch wide.
8. Place the strips on the baking sheets, seasoned side up. Working with 1 twist at a time, hold an end in each hand and twist the strips at least twice, twisting in opposite directions to create a long spiral. Place it back on the sheet and repeat. Bake the twists until puffed and golden brown, 16 to 18 minutes. Let cool to room temperature before serving.

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