Elder Care Recipes: Pumpkin Soup

Senior Care in Duluth, GA

Soup is a fantastic way to enhance your elder care diet routine, offering your parents extra hydration, a comforting mouth feel, and easy access to a wide variety of nutrition that would usually require eating several different types of foods in the same sitting. Soup is also great to prepare in large batches and freeze so that you or your aging loved ones’ elderly health care services provider can take it out and warm it up for a fast, easy meal later in the week.

This recipe uses pumpkin, an ingredient that is popular during the fall months but offers amazing nutrition so it can be a beneficial part of your parents’ diet throughout the year. You can change up the flavor and nutrition by replacing the pumpkin with butternut squash or acorn squash depending on the availability of the vegetables and your parents’ preferences.

What You’ll Need

  • 1 15-ounce can white beans
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree (make sure you do not buy pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 14.5-ounce can vegetable broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Heavy cream
  • Strainer
  • Sharp knife
  • Blender
  • Soup pot with cover
  • Heat resistant spoon
  • Serving bowls

What to Do

  • Pour the white beans through the strainer and bounce it gently to remove as much of the canning liquid as possible
  • Rinse the beans under cool water, using your fingertips to move the beans around in the strainer to remove more of the canning liquid and some of the starch
  • Allow the beans to drain completely
  • Use the sharp knife to chop the onion into medium sized pieces. If you do not have an onion available, or would prefer not to use fresh onion, you can replace the onion with 2 teaspoons of onion powder
  • Put the white beans, onion or onion powder, and water into the blender, cover, and blend until smooth and well-combined
  • Put the soup pot over low heat and add the pureed bean mixture
  • Add the pumpkin, spices, and vegetable broth and use the heat resistant spoon to stir all of the ingredients together
  • Cover the pot and cook the soup for 15 to 20 minutes or until warmed completely through
  • Distribute into 4 serving bowls and serve with a drizzle of heavy cream on the top

This recipe makes 4 servings of pumpkin soup, but you can easily double or even triple it to make a larger batch so that you can freeze it for later. If you want to do this, follow the recipe all the way up to stirring the ingredients together, but do not put them over heat. Instead, stir them all together in a cold pot or bowl, distribute into large freezer-safe containers or zipper freezer bags, and freeze. When you want to serve the soup, just take a container out of the freezer and allow it to thaw in the refrigerator for a few hours, then put in a soup pot and melt it the rest of the way, then heat until ready to serve.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Duluth, GA, contact the caring staff at Trumark Home Care. Call today (678) 820-6407.