CREAMY PUMPKIN SOUP

CREAMY PUMPKIN SOUP

16 oz. pumpkin - canned or fresh
1 can chicken broth
1 large onion, chopped
2 carrots, diced
2 c. half-and-half or evaporated milk
¼ c. sour cream
1/8 t. pepper
1 t. cinnamon
½ t. baking soda
Scant ½ t. salt
4 t. artificial bacon bits

In a large pot add, chicken broth, onions, carrot, baking soda, salt and pepper. Simmer uncovered for ten to fifteen minutes until carrots are soft. Optional: Put vegetable and broth into a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Return to pot. Add pumpkin and half and half. Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes. Pour into soup crocks or soup bowls. Top with sour cream and artificial bacon bits.

Serving Tips and Suggestions: Experiment with adding other vegetables like celery.