Before I make another batch of good, but not great, pumpkin soup, Im hoping some Chowhounds can help.
Au Bon Pain sells a seasonal harvest pumpkin soup. (Ingredients: Natural vegetable broth, pumpkin puree, light cream, flour, celery, heavy cream, butter, carrot, onion, salt, canola oil, tomato sauce, sugar, ginger puree, modified food starch, spices.) I really enjoy this soup and have been trying to replicate it, but my searches of epicurious.com, Joy of Cooking, Google, this site and so on yield few pumpkin soup recipes to start and many that include maple syrup (?!) as an ingredient.
Im looking to make an orange-colored soup that is slightly creamy and without any discernable pieces of vegetable in it. The flavor is definitely savory, but mellow and not spicy.
The closest that I have been using is a pumpkin curry soup recipe that I have tweaked a bit. Again, its good, but not the elusive ABP flavor.
Any ideas? Any tried and true recipes out there? I hope to make a batch Friday.