This soup was the hit of our playgroup’s potluck halloween party.
1 Tbsp vegetable or canola oil (1 turn around the pan)
1 Tbsp butter (a couple pats)
1 medium onion, finely chopped
(I also love the flavor garlic adds and like to add a few finely chopped cloves)
1 can (14.5 oz.) chicken or vegetable broth
1 can (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes in juice
1 can (15 oz.) black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin puree
1/2 cup heavy cream (3 turns around the pan)
1 1/2 tsp curry powder (1/2 palmful)
1 tsp ground cumin, a little less than curry
3 pinches cayenne pepper (1/4 tsp)
coarse salt, to taste
Heat a deep pot over medium heat. Add oil and butter. When butter melts, add onion and sauté, 5 minutes, til tender. Add broth, tomatoes, black beans, and pumpkin. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and stir in cream, curry powder, cumin, cayenne, and a few pinches salt. Simmer 5 minutes, adjust seasonings and serve.