When I was a senior in college, a huge part of my academic year was dedicated to planning and executing a theme dinner along with 6 of my teammates to complete our Hospitality and Tourism Management Degree. The evening was themed The Wondrous World of Willy Wonka–everything from the decor, to the entertainment and even the food was Wonka themed. So much planning went into this dinner, and rightly so because 200 of our closest friends and family attended this 5 course meal & event. It was a ton of work but so much fun to prepare.
All of my teammates were amazingly creative. Mitch and Cait were in charge of finding and creating the recipes. Our second course of the meal was called “Augustus Gloop’s Pumpkin Soup”. This soup is creamy and savory with big pumpkin flavors. It also has an apple bacon compote that adds a sweet, cinnamon touch along with a salty bacon crunch that takes this dish to a whole ‘nother level.
I actually hadn’t had this soup since my theme dinner 4 1/2 years ago, but I began to crave it as I thought about fall flavors this season, so last week I made the soup for myself. It’s actually quite simple to make, doesn’t take all that long and is even better tasting than I remember. This week was crazy busy for us so we ate this soup for at least 3 meals and not once did I get tired of it. I think because the soup is not just pumpkin based but also has a lot of apple flavor, it becomes more than just a one note symphony if you know what I mean.
So, go get yourself some of the best fall ingredients of the season and enjoy this fall soup!