October 31, 2011

Taste of Home Pumpkin Bisque with Smoked Gouda

As I've stated many times before, this is my favorite time if year. There are many things that I love about the fall, but the biggest is the food. Growing up my mother would go into a baking and cooking frenzy during the months leading up to Christmas. The smells were delicious and my mother would spend hours teaching me to cook the dishes she was making. Now that I have a family of my own I have continued the tradition of fall baking with my own family. My absolute favorite fall ingredient is pumpkin, I love it in just about everything. I was excited when the November issue of Taste of Home magazine had a recipe for Pumpkin Bisque with Smoked Gouda, which looked delicious and utilized my favorite fall ingredient, pumpkin.

This recipe has 11 ingredients. It makes 9 servings and takes 15 minutes of prep and 35 minutes of cooking time. During the non-fall/winter months it is absolutely impossible to find pure pumpkin in my local stores, but this time of the year it is easily found. All the ingredients were basic and I had no problems finding any of them at my local grocery store. I made my own chicken broth from scratch. I prefer the taste of homemade broth, plus it is free of preservatives and sodium (I don't salt my broth, I salt the dish I prepare it with instead). I used thick-cut bacon, I love the taste and texture and use it frequently in my dishes.Make sure to adequately salt the soup, since I used homemade chicken broth which I don't salt when preparing I had to add a significant amount of salt for flavor. I followed the remainder of the recipe as written.

Pumpkin soup is delicious, and this recipe was no exception. I loved how quick this bisque went together and how few ingredients were needed. My two boys were impressed with this soup and ate their entire servings. The recipe states that this serves 9, but I found there was a significant amount of leftovers after feeding my family of four. Overall, a delicious and easy pumpkin soup recipe, perfect for the fall.

For the recipe go to Pumpkin Bisque with Smoked Gouda.


  1. It does look delicious!
    I'm a new follower from monday monkey hop!

  2. Wow!!! Looks awesome. Feel like having right now.

    Do you know your favorite soup can say a lot about your personality. Take the Soup Personality Test and find out your personality by your soup choice. I have taken the test and enjoyed. Hope you too will like it. have Fun!!!

  3. @Karen Thanks, it was yummy! Followed you back :)

    @Claudia Thanks :) The best part is that it's very easy!

  4. This looks amazing! Can't wait to try it :)


  5. I have never tried pumpkin soup! I might have to try it this year! I love using pumpkin, too, but usually do it in sweet things. Thanks for stopping by the Sit and Relax hop! Have a great Tuesday!

  6. I am a big pumpkin soup fan. We have it on Saturdays. This recipe looks great. It would make a nice change from the usual soup we have.

  7. @Melissa I hope you like it when you try it :)

    @Michelle Pumpkin soup is very easy and tastes delicious!

    @Judy I'm a big fan of pumpkin soup also. It's easy to make and full of vitamins.

  8. I like pumpkin but I would probably hesitate to eat it in a soup. This is one of those things I would have to make with a back up plan in case I didn't like it. It sure looks pretty in that bowl!

    I'm following from the Wild Wednesday Hop!

  9. @Jayne The soup doesn't taste overly pumpkin, it tastes like a cream squash soup, so if you like butternut squash soup you would like this! It really is yummy :) Followed you back :)

  10. I don't often see recipes that call for smoked gouda. This soup sounds delicious.

  11. Thanks for visiting my blog! Love yours and the pumpkin bisque will definitely make an appearance at my house this week :)


  12. Thanks for following me. I am now following you back. Thanks again.

  13. @Kristen I agree that recipes using smoked gouda are rare. The cheese gives the soup a delicious flavor!

    @KristaM Thanks :) I hope you enjoy the recipe, it was very easy and delicious!

    @Pink Hippo No problem, have a great day!

  14. That looks and sounds delicious! I love autumn because of all the pumpkin recipes. =)

  15. looks amazing!

    I am following you from the blog hop, you have a great site. Would you like to follow me back? Susan's Family

    thank you :)

  16. That does sound truly yummy! I may give this a go!

    Laura x


  17. Thanks for following back!
    I've been enjoying so much reading your recipes!
    I love cooking!! I'm gonna try some of them soon, I'll let you know! :)

  18. @Camellita I love fall also, pumpkin is the best :)

    @Susan Thanks :) Followed you back, have a great evening !

    @Laura I hope you like the recipe if you try it!

    @Karen Thanks for the sweet comments :) Definitely let me know what you think of the recipes, I love feedback!

  19. new follower!! yummy looking recipe!
    join the blog hop at www.mackeysmoments.blogspot.com

  20. @Mackeys Thanks :) Followed you back and entered your hop!

  21. Just stoppin by from the blog hop you have a new follower great blog. Id love for you take a look at my blog http://mommaof3-littlebits.blogspot.com

  22. @Mommaof3 Thanks for the follow, already follow you from a while back :) Have a great weekend!

  23. Hi,
    I'm a big fan of pumpkin too. Your soup look yummy. Will try your receipe this weekend...

  24. @Lucie Thanks :) I hope you like the soup when you try it!

  25. Now THIS I gotta try! Thanks for following...my mouth is watering already from the first page alone!

  26. @Jessica This soup really is yummy :) I hope you try it and like it!


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