This time of year is perfect for soups and stews. Here are a couple of my favorite recipes, each of them tested and craved by my family.

Pumpkin and Black Bean Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cups canned or packaged vegetable stock
  • 1 can (14 1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes in juice
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cans (15 ounces) pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Coarse sea salt

Heat a soup pot over medium heat. Add oil. When oil is hot, add onion. Saute onions 5 minutes. Add broth, tomatoes, black beans and pumpkin puree. Stir to combine ingredients and bring soup to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and stir in cream, curry, cumin, cayenne and salt, to taste. Simmer 5 minutes, adjust seasonings and serve garnished with chopped chives.

 

Curried Lamb Stew

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds lean lamb stew meat, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon each ground coriander, cumin and cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 1 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 1 medium tart apple, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Hot cooked noodles or rice, optional

In a Dutch oven, brown meat in oil in batches on all sides; remove from pan and keep warm. Cook onion and garlic in drippings until onion is tender. Add the curry, salt, pepper, coriander, cumin, cinnamon and cayenne; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Sprinkle with flour; cook and stir for 2-3 minutes. Stir in the water, pineapple juice, apple and tomato sauce.

Return meat to Dutch oven. Bring to boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour or until meat is tender. Remove from the heat. Stir in sour cream. Serve with noodles or rice if desired.

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