This is a great base recipe, but as written, I probably would have given the recipe 3 stars. I made the soup and there was just something . . . . missing. Although other reviewers mentioned adding cumin and cayenne, I wanted to emphasize the pumpkin (which is VERY subtle) instead of the black beans. I borrowed from a Bon Appetite pumpkin soup recipe and added: 2 Tbsp sugar, 1/2 tsp each of nutmeg, cinnamon, corriander and sage, and 1/4 tsp. of allspice and curry. I then brought it to a boil and turned it low, low (below simmering) for about an hour to let the flavors meld. Wow. Complex, interesting soup. Loved it. Wouldn't recommend adding all the spices if you have little ones, but for a more adventuresome palate the modifications are tasty.
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This is a great base recipe, but as written, I probably would have given the recipe 3 stars. ...