What’s for Dinner Wednesday: Paula’s Pumpkin Soup

17 Oct

Fantastic for fall!

I’m actually eating Paula’s Pumpkin Soup as I type this post today. It’s my lunch on this autumn day, and it’s a perfect fall crock pot recipe!

Paula is a new friend of mine from the Washington DC Kids’ State Dinner trip. Many of us have kept in touch since the trip through a Facebook page. Paula has been a great friend and a fan of The Whole Bag of Chips. I’m thrilled to feature her recipe on here today.

It’s fast and easy and it was great for our day this past Sunday, which was filled with an afternoon of family fun at Don’s school, followed by a later afternoon of football, laundry and errands. Having dinner cooking in the crock pot on a day like that, couldn’t have been more helpful. I also threw a beer bread in the oven to go with it, since I can’t picture having a thick, hot soup such as this one, without a slice of beer bread to go along with it.

Here is the recipe for Paula’s Pumpkin Soup. Just to note, I doubled this recipe, using two quarts of stock and a 29 ounce can of pumpkin.

Thank you Paula for passing it along!

I loved the added flavor that the sausage and onions gave to the soup.


One quart chicken broth (low sodium and low fat)
One can pumpkin puree
1/2 TSP nutmeg
One half an onion
Garlic to your liking
Sweet italian turkey sausage
1 – 1 1/2 cups brown rice and quinoa

Sauté the sausage, onion and garlic in olive oil until the sausage is done.

Put everything but the brown rice and quinoa in the crock pot and cook on low for 6 hours.

Add the cooked brown rice and quinoa 30 minutes before serving.

If you prefer, orzo also makes a nice addition to this recipe.

Nothing like crock pot cooking on a busy day!

6 Responses to “What’s for Dinner Wednesday: Paula’s Pumpkin Soup”

  1. Nicole Whittaker October 17, 2012 at 6:41 am #

    That sounds so good! I’m going to try this!

  2. Paula October 17, 2012 at 9:13 am #

    What an honor! Thanks! I’m so glad you liked it. I was bouncing off the walls when I saw your post this morning. I was accused of having too much coffee. Now I have to dig through my files to find more recipes that can make the cut!

    • thewholebagofchips October 17, 2012 at 2:23 pm #

      I still have the other one on deck to make. So you will be in the running again!

  3. Sue Meyerson October 17, 2012 at 10:33 pm #

    sounded good till I got to the turkey sausage part…:(..since I never grew up eating sausage, I really don’t like the taste, even if it IS turkey, and not pork..oh well! Enjoy!

    • Dianne Shomper October 18, 2012 at 3:57 pm #

      Jennifer, I made this soup today and it is delish!! I used italian sausage and stirred a small dollop of peanut butter in mine- It is a big hit!! Thanks!! Dianne Shomper- Va.

      • thewholebagofchips October 18, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

        Well Sue, I’m sorry you don’t like sausage, and Dianne, I’m glad you liked it! Paula will be pleased also!

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