Seasonal eating. One of my favorite things about winter is soup. Belly warming, aromatic, soul pleasing soup. This one is an interpretation of Indian cuisine I came up with a few weeks ago that uses readily available ingredients and comes together very quickly. I've made it several times already, once served it in bread bowls, which was exceptionally nice.
1 tablespoon olive oil or coconut oil
1/2 cup finely diced onion
1 cup chopped cauliflower
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon Garam Masala
1 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (I used canned but cooking your own would be awesome)
4 cups hot water
2 cubes vegetable bullion (or 1 tablespoon chicken stock paste)
salt to taste
pomegranate garnish, optional (see Hints for additional serving ideas)
Heat a 2 quart sauce pan over medium high heat. Add oil to pan. Stir in onion and cook for 1 minute. Stir in cauliflower, 1/2 teaspoon salt and Garam Masala. Cook for 5 or 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. When onion begins to brown, add the pumpkin puree and cook for an additional 3 or 4 minutes. Then add the water and bullion. Bring to a simmer and puree with an immersion blender. Check seasonings and add salt if necessary. Serve hot with pomegranate garnish if desired.