Pumpkin and Yellow Pepper Soup with Smoked Paprika

Fall has barely arrived, and I have wasted no time making pumpkin soup. This soup turned out to be really good! And so healthy! I hardly ever eat yellow bell peppers. And, bonus, this soup only has 88 calories per serving! I used my immersion blender instead of a blender.

rating: 9

Pumpkin and Yellow Pepper Soup with Smoked Paprika
(Cooking Light, Cooking Through the Seasons)

makes 7 servings

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil
3 1/2 cups chopped yellow bell pepper (about 2 large)
1 1/2 cups chopped carrot (about 2 medium)
1 cup chopped onion (about 1 medium)
1/2 teaspoon Spanish smoked paprika
2 garlic cloves, chopped
5 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth, divided (I used vegetarian “chicken” broth)
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 (15-ounce) can salt-free pumpkin puree
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons unsalted pumpkin-seed kernels, toasted (I omitted)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley (I omitted)

Directions:

Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add bell pepper, carrot, and onion; cook 10 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add paprika and garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add 3 cups broth and black pepper; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
Place one-third of vegetable mixture in a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid spills). Blend until smooth. Pour into a large bowl. Repeat procedure with remaining vegetable mixture.
Return pureed vegetable mixture to Dutch oven; stir in remaining 2 cups broth and pumpkin. Cook over low heat for 10 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; stir in juice. Ladle 1 cup soup into each of 7 bowls; top each serving with about 1 teaspoon pumpkinseeds and about 1/2 teaspoon parsley. Serve immediately.

per serving: 88 calories

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