Spicy Pumpkin and Split Pea Soup

1/4 tsp saffron threads

10 cups (2 1/2 quarts) chicken broth

1 1/4 cups dried yellow split peas

1 large onion, chopped

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground ginger

6 cups peeled, seeded and cubed pumpkin (from a 3- to 4-pound pumpkin)

Minced fresh parsley


In a large metal spoon or a small pan, heat saffron over low heat about 10 seconds until dry, then grind to a powder with the back of a spoon and steep in 1 tbsp boiling water to release flavor, about 1 minute. Bring broth, peas, and onion to a boil in a large soup pot over high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer, partially covered, 30 to 40 minutes. Stir in oil, cinnamon, ginger, spoonful of saffron, and pumpkin. Bring to a boil, then reduce to low and simmer, partially covered, stirring occasionally, about 1 hour. The soup is done when the pumpkin begins to fall apart and the peas are tender. Salt and pepper and sprinkle with parsley.

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