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Start your Halloween Party with a delicious pumpkin soup that just happens to have a spider spinning its web across the top. Children will love to make the cobweb design by dragging a toothpick through concentric rings of sour cream or yogurt. More than a meal, this is a Halloween art project that's edible!

{Makes 6-8 servings}

You'll need:

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 4 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons of Dijon mustard
  • 2 cups of vegetable broth (chicken broth is OK too)
  • 1 large can of 100% pumpkin (not pie filling)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pumpkin spice
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • Yogurt or sour cream
  • 2 jumbo olives for garnish
  • Some adult help

Equipment:

  • A soup pot with tight fitting lid
  • A food processor
  • Oven mits and 2 hot pads
  • Individual serving bowls
  • A ladle
  • Several zipper-type sandwich bags
  • Toothpicks
  • Kitchen shears or scissors
      1. Warm the oil in the bottom of the pot then slowly sauté the onions and carrots until onions are transparent.
      2. Cover the veggies with 1 cup of broth. Cover the pot and simmer until tender.
      3. Ask mom or whoever is helping you to transfer the veggies to the food processor. Pulse the processor to chop the carrots as small as possible. Return the broth to the pot.
      4. Add the pumpkin, mustard, honey and spices. Heat on low for 1 hour until all the flavors are well blended.
      5. When the soup is ready, ladle it into the serving bowls.
      6. Spoon about 5 tablespoons of yogurt or sour cream into the zipper bag.
      7. Cut a small hole in the sandwich bag. Squeeze a mound about the size of a nickel in the middle of the bowl. Then make a small ring around it. Then do a medium sized ring and finally a large ring near the edge of the bowl.
      8. Insert the tip of the toothpick into the middle of the yogurt and gently slide the toothpick toward the edge. Do it again and again like spokes of a wheel. When you're done it will look like a spider web.
      9. Add a small round piece of olive to be your spider.