I don’t always love pumpkin soup. So many winter squash soup recipes out there are very sweet and seasoned with either pumpkin pie spices or store-bought curry powder. I do love pumpkin pie, but I prefer to eat it after dinner. I know there’s a reason these flavor combinations are so prevalent – winter squash is absolutely delicious mixed with warm spices and sugar. I just prefer something a little different in my soup bowl.
This spicy, smoky, and creamy soup is exactly what I was hoping for. Brightened with a dollop of cilantro-pepita pesto and a generous squeeze of lime juice, it was really hard to stop after one bowl (so I didn’t). I had some pomegranate arils in the fridge so I added a handful to my bowl along with a sprinkling of crumbled Cotija cheese. The sweet crunch of the pomegranate seeds and the salty cheese were perfect with the soup and pesto. And the more lime juice I squeezed on top, the better it tasted. Continue reading →