“Maggoty” Pumpkin Soup

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· Maggoty Pumpkin Soup-This spicy pumpkin soup has two benefits-its so delicious kids will forget they are eating vegetables and they can experience that “gross out” factor from having “maggots” in their soup!

Ingredients:

2 tbsp. butter
1 onion, chopped
4 cups peeled, cubed, raw pumpkin
2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
4 cups chicken broth ( either homemade or canned)
1/2 cup uncooked orzo pasta
1/2 tsp. salt

Cooking Instructions: Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté for about 5 minutes, until the onion is soft. Add the pumpkin and the potato and stir to combine well. Pour in all of the chicken broth, cover, and let the soup simmer until the pumpkin and potato are very soft which will take about 30 minutes. Transfer the soup to a blender and puree until smooth (you will probably have to do this in 2 or 3 batches). Return the soup to the saucepan. While the soup is simmering cook the orzo “maggots” in a saucepan of boiling water until tender but not mushy. Drain completely and rinse under cold water, and stir into the pumpkin soup. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.
Servings: 4 to 6