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Pumpkin Soup

¼ cup (½ stick) butter or margarine
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 (14½ fl. oz.) can vegetable broth
½ cup water
½ tsp. salt
1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin
1½ cups half-and-half
½ tsp. The Spice Hunter Pumpkin Pie Spice
The Spice Hunter Red Pepper (Cayenne) to taste

Melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until soft. Add broth, water, salt and pepper; bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low; cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes. Stir in pumpkin, half-and-half and spices. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Transfer mixture to food processor or blender (in batches, if necessary); process until smooth. Return to the saucepan. Serve warm.