Dirigo Dish: For the Love of Food

Anyone else just want to tuck into the kitchen and cook up a storm when the weather turns cold? February is a great time to whip up some special dishes for the ones you love. Here’s one great recipe to warm you up, and below is a link to even more recipes we love from the American Heart Association. Find even more heart healthy recipes at www.heart.org!

Ginger-Pumpkin Bisque


4 Servings

  • 1/2 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 onion (finely chopped)
  • 3/4 Tbsp minced, fresh gingerroot
  • 1 tablespoon fresh or jarred minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1, (14.5-ounce) can low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 2, (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 cup fat-free sour cream, to serve (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp chopped chives (optional)


  • In a large heavy-duty pot, warm oil over medium-high heat. Add minced onion, stirring occasionally and sauteeing until soft, about 6 to 8 minutes.
  • Stir in ginger, garlic, thyme, cinnamon, pepper, and salt. Stirring constantly, let spices cook for 1 minute. Stir in flour and then add vegetable broth and water, using a spatula to scrape the bottom of the pan for caramelized bits. Stir in pumpkin puree. Bring mixture to a boil; reduce heat to low so that soup is at a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes.
  • Stir in milk and remove from heat. Ladle soup into bowls, garnishing each serving with sour cream and chives, if desired. Serve.

Click here for even more of the recipes we’ve shared from the American Heart Association recently. Yum!

Want more great tips and healthy recipes? The American Heart Association website is full of tips and healthy recipes. Click here!

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