Pumpkin Soup

Course : French
Serves: 4
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2 cups pumpkin -- trimmed and diced
2 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups milk
1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
6 slices French bread -- dried in warm oven, but not toasted
2 tablespoons butter -- cut in small pieces

Preparation / Directions:

In kettle or large saucepan, combine pumpkin, water, and salt. Bring to boil. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Strain, reserving liquid. Mash pumpkin. Stir in cooking liquid. Return to pan. Add milk, sugar, and bread cut into small pieces. Bring to boil. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Off fire, add butter, stirring until butter is melted and well blended. Serve hot. Recipe Source: THE ART OF FRENCH COOKING by Fernande Garvin

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