Pumpkin & Pear Bisque Soup

Overview

This bisque, known for a creamy texture and a balance of savory, sweet and spicy flavors, is an excellent starter dish for any autumn or winter dinner party or family reunion. A homemade soup doesn't have to require a lot of ingredients and an entire day to prepare. This soup has a beautiful bright color, is nutritious and requires simple kitchen materials.

Blending the Bisque

Step 1

Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat, then add the leeks and onions to saute until tender. Stir in flour.

Step 2

Add chicken broth while stirring over medium heat until the mixture has thickened slightly. Stir in the pumpkin, vanilla, salt, pepper and the 1/4 tsp. nutmeg. Let the mixture boil for about 3 minutes.

Step 3

Reduce the heat and cover. Continue to simmer for around 20 minutes, then take the pan off of the heat.

Step 4

Let cool for a couple of minutes, then add the poached pear halves and pear liquid to the saucepan.

Step 5

Pour everything into a food processor or blender (do this in batches of two or three if necessary). Blend until smooth, then return the liquid to the saucepan.

Step 6

Add the half-and-half, stirring constantly on medium heat. Serve and garnish with another sprinkling of nutmeg if desired.

Poaching the Pears

Step 1

Boil together 1 cup sweet white wine, 1 cup water, 1/2 cup sugar, and 3 whole star anise in a large skillet.

Step 2

Throw in 6 ripe pears that have been peeled and halved. Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer while covered for 10 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to remove the pears from the saucepan and set aside.

Step 3

Bring to a boil the remaining liquid that is in the skillet until it has been reducing for about 7 to 8 minutes. Remove the star anise.

Things You'll Need

  • Mixing bowls and utensils
  • Measuring cup sand spoons
  • Saucepan
  • 2 leeks (white part only), thinly sliced
  • 1 medium sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. margarine or butter
  • 3 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 15-oz. can pumpkin
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground white pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • 1 cup sweet white wine
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 whole star anise
  • Six ripe pears

References

  • Recipe.com: Pumpkin Pear Bisque
  • David Lebowitz: How To Poach Pears
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About this Author

Lauren Wise has more than eight years' experience as a writer, editor, copywriter and columnist. She specializes in food, wine, music and pop culture. Her writing has appeared in various magazines, including "Runway," "A2Z," "Scottsdale Luxury Living" and "True West." Wise holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Arizona State University.