Here’s your jackolantern, people.
Orange soup! Just narrowly in time to be appropriate for Oktoberfest, perfect for Halloween, and seriously healthy + delicious. In fairness to your taste buds, be aware that this tastes like pumpkin. I know, shocker. But, if you’re not super into the flavor, it can be strong and even slightly bitter. I think the beer + cheese pairs perfectly with it and the result is nothing short of earthy, but you could easily tame this soup with chicken instead of veggie stock, or swap half of the pumpkin for mashed sweet potato or butternut squash.
For me, though, I dig it. It’s perfectly seasonal, hearty but not overly filling, and dunking a soft pretzel in it while your kids eat mountains of candy tomorrow night might not be the worst thing in the entire world, just saying.