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Pumpkin Soup Recipe

Lightly Spiced Pumpkin Soup

An autumn favourite, this delicious and warming pumpkin soup is too good to keep just for Halloween
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 45 mins
Course Soup
Servings 8


  • 1 medium pumpkin
  • 125 g butter
  • 2 onions
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 sticks celery
  • 1 leek
  • 2 tsp ground cummin
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 potato
  • 2 litre chicken stock (or water and stock cubes)


Roasting the Pumpkin

  • Cut the pumpkin in half and remove the seeds
  • Reserve the seeds for toasting
  • Cut each half of the pumpkin into four and lay the pieces on a baking tray
  • Melt the butter in a soup pan.
  • Use a little of the butter to brush the flesh of the pumpkin.
  • Roast the pumpkin in a preheated oven (180ÂșC, gas mark 4-5) for about an hour, or until the edges start to colour and the flesh softens.

Toasting the Pumkin Seeds

  • Remove any flesh from the seeds
  • Rinse them under cold water then pat the seeds dry
  • Toss the seeds in a little olive oil and spread them out on a baking tray.
  • Roast them in the same oven as the pumpkin until golden brown
  • During roasting turning them occasionally to ensure they brown evenly
  • When ready, toss them in a bowl with a sprinkle of salt
  • Leave to cool.
  • (Any extra seeds make a great snack and will keep well in an airtight container for a week or more.)

Making the Soup

  • While the pumpkin roasts, dice the onion, carrot, leek and celery
  • Add the vegetables to the melted butter in the soup pan.
  • Soften the vegetables over a low heat without colouring them.
  • When the vegetables are soft, stir in the spices.
  • Carefully add the hot, roasted pumpkin to the soup pan (no need to remove the skin).
  • Add and the chicken stock and bring to the boil
  • Peel and dice the potato and add it to the soup
  • Lower the heat and simmer for about 45 minutes.
  • Blend the soup with a stick blender and pass through a sieve.
  • Add a little water or chicken stock if the soup is a little thick
  • Adjust the spices and add salt as necessary
  • Serve with a swirl of cream and a few toasted seeds.
Keyword autumn soup, halloween, healthy soup, Pumpkin soup