Pumpkin-Apple Cider Bisque

Pumpkin-Apple Cider Bisque

In our family, my mom, sister-in-law and I are greatly outnumbered.     We are the only three girls with six boys in the family.  Plus, my sister-in-law and I are both expecting boys right now, so we are even going to be outnumbered even more!

Whenever our family gets together for holidays ( Christmas, 4th of July, etc.),  us girls like to plan some fun “girl time” together.

Last Christmas, we planned a fun lunch at a French Bistro, Suzette’s in my hometown ( Wheaton, Illinois).   We ate the most delicious lunch ever.  We all ate their amazing Pumpkin-Apple Cider Bisque- and I have meant to recreate it ever since.

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I am not sure if I recreated this correctly, but this sure tasted amazing.  I have made pumpkin soup before, but the addition of the apple cider to this soup just made it divine.

One ingredient that I added on a whim was one sweet potato.  The pumpkin and apple cider bisque didn’t turn out as thick as I would have liked, s0 cutting up a sweet potato and adding it to the water thickened it up to my liking.

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I like to add milk or cream to my soups at the end of the cooking process, or maybe even right before I eat it.   I don’t think this soup needs cream or milk- but it makes it taste better 🙂

Pumpkin-Apple Cider Bisque- Serves 6


2 fugi apples- peeled and cut into cubes

1 tablespoon of butter- or olive oil

1 onion- peeled and chopped

1 can of pumpkin

3 cups of chicken broth

2 cups of apple cider

2 teaspoons of thyme

2 teaspoons of cinnamon

1 sweet potato- peeled and cut- optional

Cream or milk to taste.

Method: In a saucepan,  over medium heat, saute onions and apple slices in butter- until the onions are transparent.  Add pumpkin, chicken broth, apple cider, sweet potato, thyme, and cinnamon.   Let the flavors simmer for 20-30 minutes.  Once the sweet potato slices have softened, you can blend them using your immersion blender.  You can use a standard blender to combine the mixture.  Add milk or cream to fit your personal preference.

My husband loved this soup.   I plan on making it this fall again.   I also plan on mixing pumpkin and apple cider for a few other recipes as well.

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