This was amazing! Do not skip the garnish of hazelnut oil, if at all possible--it adds a wonderful depth to the flavor. I used about a cup less broth than was called for and had a velvety soup. I also used more sage than was called for. Honeycrisp apples were perfect for flavor, but Macintosh would also be good when those are not in season.
Pumpkin peeling tips: Poke several sets of holes in the pumpkin with a fork. Place it on a plate and microwave it for about 2 min. This will soften the skin and make it much easier to hack into! Let it cool just a little and cut into halves or quarters with a large knife. Scoop out the seeds and strings, and peel with a sharp vegetable peeler--OXO makes a good one. Then cut up. This method makes short work of any pumpkin or squash.