Quick Winter Squash Soup with Spicy Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Tried this recipe from epicurious.com and fell in love. This is our kind of soup!
Though Spring is practically around the corner, there’s still time to savor the warming comfort of a thick and hearty winter squash soup.  Using frozen winter squash purée makes putting together this soup extremely speedy; so you’ll still have plenty of time to continue digging out from all this winter’s snow!

Ingredients


For soup:

3 shallots, finely chopped

2 (12-ounce) packages frozen winter squash purée, thawed

3 cups low-sodium chicken stock


For pumpkin seeds:

3/4 cup raw green (hulled) pumpkin seeds

3/4 teaspoon ground cumin

Pinch of cayenne pepper
To finish:

1 teaspoon finely grated fresh lime zest

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

Preparation

Make soup:
Spray large saucepan with non-stick cooking spray. Using moderately high heat, sauté shallots until translucent, about 3 minutes. Stir in squash and stock and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until soup thickens, about 30 minutes.


While soup simmers, make pumpkin seeds:
Spray small skillet with non-stick cooking spray.  Using moderately high heat, add pumpkin seeds and cook, stirring constantly, until seeds begin to pop, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in cumin and cayenne pepper and continue to cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Transfer to bowl.

Finish and serve:
When soup has thickened, remove from heat and stir in lime zest and juice. Season with freshly ground black pepper. Ladle into bowls, garnish with pumpkin seeds, and serve.

Tip: 1 medium lime should provide about 1 teaspoon zest and 2 tablespoons juice. Be sure to zest the lime before halving and juicing it.

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