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White Bean Pumpkin Bisque with Sage Pesto by @BlenderBabes

White Bean and Pumpkin Bisque with Sage Pesto

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Course: Sauce, Soup
Servings: 8
Calories: 166.4kcal
Author: Adapted from Cooking Light


For White Bean and Pumpkin Soup

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
  • 5 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 1/2 cups unsalted chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 cup canned cannellini beans rinsed and drained
  • 15 ounce can pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup 2% reduced-fat milk or milk substitute of choice (vegan option, I like full fat coconut milk or homemade almond milk)
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar

For Sage Pesto

  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1 cup basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh Parmesan cheese or vegan parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons water

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  • Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion, 1 tablespoon sage, and garlic to pan; saute 4 minutes or until lightly browned. Add pepper and cumin, saute one minute.
  • Stir in 1/2 cup stock; cook 1 minute, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Combine onion mixture, remaining 2 cups stock, beans, and pumpkin in a blender jar.
  • For Vitamix: Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High. Blend until smooth, then add milk and salt. Blend for 6-7 minutes or until heavy steam escapes from vented lid.
  • For Blendtec: Run the SOUPS cycle one time. Then add milk and salt and run the SOUPS cycle two more times, until heavy steam escapes from vented lid.
  • Add vinegar and use Speed/Variable 1 to quickly combine.
  • At this point you can save the soup for later! If serving immediately, then rinse out your blender jar and carry on with the pesto.
  • Combine remaining 1 tablespoon sage, spinach, and remaining ingredients in your blender (ideally a smaller jar than the 64 oz container).
  • For Blendtec: Use your manuel keys and take it to speed 6, let it run between 15 and 30 seconds. Careful not to over blend.
  • For Vitamix: Start on speed 1, turn the machine on, slowly increase to speed 7 and let it run for 30 to 45 seconds. Press the ingredients into the blade with the tamper.
  • Ladle about 2/3 cup of bisque into eight bowls; top each serving with 2 tsp pesto.
  • All done! Enjoy!! Now take a photo, rate it, and share your accomplishments to enter our weekly photo contest! :) Tag @BlenderBabes & #BlenderBabes


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 166.4kcal | Carbohydrates: 15.7g | Protein: 6.8g | Fat: 8.8g | Saturated Fat: 2.5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5.2g | Cholesterol: 11.5mg | Sodium: 436.7mg | Fiber: 3.9g | Sugar: 5.5g


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