Pumpkin Soup Is a Perfect Thanksgiving Starter
Pumpkin Soup Is a Perfect Thanksgiving Starter

Last week my mother presented me with a beautiful little cooking pumpkin. Since the weather has been cooler, I knew I had to make a soothing soup. This easy recipe highlights the pure flavor of pumpkin. It takes time to make because the pumpkin has to be roasted before you can start the soup. It's worth it though: The finished result is luscious, warming, and delicious. To look at the recipe I used,


Roasted Pumpkin Soup

Roasted Pumpkin Soup


  1. 1 (2 pound) pumpkin, halved and seeds removed
  2. 1 teaspoon salt
  3. 1/4 plus a pinch freshly ground black pepper
  4. 3 tablespoons olive oil
  5. 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  6. 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  7. 3/4 cup chopped onion
  8. 1/2 cup chopped carrot
  9. 1/4 cup chopped celery
  10. 2 tablespoons minced ginger
  11. 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  12. 3 1/2 cups chicken stock
  13. 1/2 cup heavy cream
  14. 15 to 20 small sage leaves, fried


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Place the pumpkin cut side up on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Season with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper. Invert to the cut side down, and drizzle with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Place in the oven and roast until the skin is golden brown and the pumpkin is tender, 50 to 60 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Once cool enough to handle, use a spoon to scoop the pumpkin flesh from its skin and set pumpkin aside until ready to use. Discard the skin.
  3. Set a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil and, when hot, add the cinnamon and allspice and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add the onions, carrots, celery, ginger, and garlic to the pan and saute, stirring occasionally, until lightly caramelized, 3 to 4 minutes.
  4. Add the chicken stock and reserved pumpkin to the pan and bring the stock to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook the soup for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the vegetables are soft.
  5. Remove the soup from the heat and process with an immersion blender (*or in batches in a blender) until smooth.
  6. Season with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and pinch of pepper. Add the cream to the soup and stir to combine.
  7. To serve, place 1 cup of the soup in each of 6 warmed soup bowls and garnish with a 2 or 3 fried sage leaves.

Serves 6.

*When blending hot liquids: Remove liquid from the heat and allow to cool for at least 5 minutes. Transfer liquid to a blender or food processor and fill it no more than halfway. If using a blender, release one corner of the lid. This prevents the vacuum effect that creates heat explosions. Place a towel over the top of the machine, pulse a few times then process on high speed until smooth.

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Ohhh yummy I love all things pumpkin. Another recipe I have to add to my "must make" list! The "heat explosion" thing scares me so I think I'll be using an immersion blender -- and it looks like you did too :)
Sounds like the perfect thing to make for a rainy night!
last year was the first time that i had anything 'pumpkin' since i'm kind of fearful of things that i've never had growing up, and i was pleasantly surprised, but here's my question. how do you get past the texture of this soup? it looks like it's somewhat thicker, and i've always been more of a broth type person. is there was way to put this through an additional straining and still get the flavor?
I love pumpkin and squash soups-i'm so excited for autumn cuisine!
Oh, you so don't need all of those ingredients to make a truly delicious pumpkin soup. 1 pumpkin, roasted whole on a line baking sheet until soft, separate meat from flesh and seed. Saute onion and celery in a little fat (oil and butter combo is best), add two cups of water, salt and white pepper and let simmer. Combine "stock" and pumpkin flesh in a blender and run until smooth. Strain throughly, add a touch of olive oil or some melted butter. Serve a thinner version with a little creme fraiche or sour cream as soup. Serve a thicker version as a sauce on fresh pasta. Pumpkin doesn't need cinnamon and nutmeg to taste like fall--it does that all on its own. If you use good, homemade chicken stock, your pumpkin soup will taste like chicken. If you use bad chicken stock, you've wasted your money. Good, flavorful, seasoned water trumps chicken/beef stock in any veg soup preparation any day.
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