With all the cooking happening at our house this time of year (birthdays, anniversaries, Thanksgiving!) a shortcut that is not takeout food can be welcome. There are a number of pumpkin and or squash pasta sauces available in markets and gourmet cooking stores, but the one I used for this recipe came from Trader Joe’s and is my favorite so far. I had part of a jar left in the the frig and decided to turn it into soup. It worked! The results were good enough to repeat. If you want to use the whole jar (4 cups) for a bigger pot of soup, double the other ingredients.
Pumpkin Butternut Soup
1/2 jar or 2 cups Autumn Harvest Creamy Pasta Sauce (found at Trader Joe’s)
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup half and half (more if desired)
1/2 teaspoon pink Himalayan sea salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Balsamic vinegar reduction for swirl
Add pasta sauce to heavy sauce pan. Rinse out the jar with chicken broth and add along with salt and cinnamon. Heat on low until mixture begins to bubble. Stir in half and half to heat but do not bring to boil. Ladle into soup bowls and add a swirl of balsamic vinegar reduction on top. Serve with toasted French bread.