Thick, rich, slightly sweet, and perfectly spiced = Decadent - that's what this soup is...
This soup reminds me of pumpkin pie. Pie you can drink! Actually, it's not nearly as sweet as pumpkin pie, but I do think it is richer. A good friend of mine loves this soup from Kneader's Cafe in Utah. Because it is so rich, she orders in in a small 1/2-cup size and enjoys a salad with it. That's all you need, trust me! She, knowing I love to cook, has commented a few times about this delicious soup. I told her I wanted to taste it because I thought I could duplicate the recipe if I did. On our next visit, she brought me some. So I made my own version of this soup, tasting and comparing it with Kneader's soup as I went.
I am very please with the outcome. I used plain canned pumpkin instead of butternut squash, because it is super convenient. Either kind of squash works, just make sure it is a smooth puree. The sweetness level is identical. The spices are right on. The texture is also a match. You can use half organic milk and half heavy cream if you want to lighten the soup up a touch. If you want to lower the carbs, use 1/2 c. cream and 1/2 c. water instead.
I have not tried it yet, but I think rich coconut milk would work great in this recipe, for a dairy-free option. Coconut oil instead of butter could be used as well, but butter tastes better!
This is an autumn and winter soup, good enough to serve company. The fact that it is so easy to make is a bonus. I hope you like it!
Copy Cat Kneader's Autumn Bisque Soup Recipe:
1 T. Flour (or gluten-free flour)
2 T. butter
3 T. coconut palm sugar (or brown sugar) (use Golden Lakanto or brown 'Just Like Sugar' for a sugar-free version)
3/4 t. pumpkin pie spice
1 c. butternut squash puree (or plain canned pumpkin)
1 1/2 c. purified water
1/16 t. onion powder
1/2 t. organic chicken base
1/2 t. sea salt
1 c. cream
In a medium sized soup pot melt the butter over medium heat until it sizzles. Add the flour and make a roux, letting the butter brown for flavor.
Add the coconut palm sugar and let it caramelize a little for rich caramel flavor notes. Do not burn.
Add the pumpkin pie spice and let it sizzle a few seconds to bloom the spice blend's flavor.
Add some of the water (carefully) and stir in until all the palm sugar is dissolved.
Add the butternut squash or pumpkin puree and the rest of the water, stirring to blend.
Add the onion powder and chicken base and then turn down the heat to a gentle simmer.
Add the cream and let it simmer about 5 minutes, Do not let it boil.
Check for consistency before serving. Add more water if it is too thick. It should not be thin and running off the spoon, but it shouldn't be falling off the spoon in blobs either.
Serve hot in 1/3rd to 1/2 cup portions.
Garnish with butter toasted pecans that have been dusted with a mixture of cinnamon and coconut palm fruit sugar (replacing regular white sugar)
This is a very rich, decadent soup!
For the pecans I would chop them, saute then in just a bit of butter or coconut oil, then dust with cinnamon sugar. You can mix 'Just Like Sugar' (natural sugar substitute) with cinnamon for a sugar-free version. You may use organic coconut palm sugar for a healthier sugar (not sugar-free).
For the croutons I would use gluten-free bread cubes tossed with a bit of melted coconut oil and then toasted until crisp in the oven. While they are still hot, sprinklecroutons with your desired cinnamon sugar mixture and let cool.
|This is what Kneader's Autumn Bisque Soup looks like. They top it with cinnamon pecans and a cinnamon sugar crouton.|
|The pecans seem like they are lightly sauteed in butter then sprinkled with a tiny bit of cinnamon sugar.|
|Kneader's soup in the plastic cup compared to my version on the plate. They look very similar.|
|My finished copy cat version.|
|Cinnamon toast would be nice on the side, or make your own sugar-free cinnamon sugar GF croutons.|