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Spiced Maple Pumpkin Soup with Sauteed Cremini Mushrooms


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Spiced Maple Pumpkin Soup with Sauteed Cremini Mushrooms

Chinese five-spice powder is a blend of the 5 most commonly used spices in Chinese cooking: star anise, cloves, cinnamon, fennel and black pepper. The blend is now currently available in many supermarkets, and adds a new dimension of flavor to this autumnal soup.


  • Prep Time : 10-15 min
  • Cook Time : 25 min
  • Ready Time : 35 min




  • 2 (15-ounce) cans pure pumpkin
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup vanilla soymilk
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 4 tablespoons light olive oil, divided
  • 2½ teaspoons Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1½ pounds cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2-3 pita breads, cut into strips
  • vegetable cooking spray
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon


Simmer: Bring first 4 ingredients to a simmer in a large saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring often. Whisk in syrup, 2 tablespoons butter and five-spice powder. Continue to simmer for 10 minutes, whisking often. While soup simmers, prepare the mushrooms.

Sauté: Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in heavy medium skillet over medium-high heat.  Add mushrooms and sauté until tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and season soup with salt and pepper. Divide among 6 bowls. Top soup with sautéed mushrooms and Pita Chips.

Pita Chips

Preheat oven to 400°. Prepare a baking sheet lined with foil. Arrange pita strips in a single layer on the baking sheet. Spray with cooking spray. Dust with cayenne pepper and cinnamon.  Bake for 2-3 minutes, or until golden.


About Rebecca Naumberg


Order your copy of the Dash Cookbook at GetYourDash.com, all proceeds go to TAG, Mention JoyofKosher and get Free Shipping. Rebecca is a lawyer by trade and loves to cook. The recipes featured in dash are sampling of Rebecca's collection. She coauthored the Dash Cookbook with Sori Klein. Available from The Torah Academy for Girls.




2 Responses to Spiced Maple Pumpkin Soup with Sauteed Cremini Mushrooms

  1. avatar says: frippie

    what is in “Chinese five spice”? is there an alternative?

    • Chinese Five Spice powder is a combination of five spices: cinnamon, star anise, fennel, cloves and black pepper. If you cannot find it you simply substitute with cinnamon and a touch of black pepper

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