healthy pumpkin soup
Our easy pumpkin soup recipe is so good, you’ll be buying extra pumpkins as an excuse to make it again… This heavenly creation is a personal favourite of both mine and Matt’s. With its velvety texture, aromatic spices, and the natural sweetness of pumpkin, it’s no wonder this soup holds a special place in our hearts (and stomachs!).
With just a few simple ingredients and a dash of kitchen magic, you too can create a soup that will have your family and friends asking for the recipe. So, put on your apron, and get ready to experience a soup that will warm your soul and make you fall in love with the flavours of autumn.
- Chicken or vegetable broth: 1 litre
- 1 small Pumpkin or around 500 g
- Oranges (juice and zest): 2
- Onion: 1 (diced)
- Carrots: 200 g
- Garlic: 3 cloves
- Ginger: 20 g
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- Olive oil: (a sprinkle)
- Fresh dill for garnishing
How to Make a Healthy Pumpkin Soup:
1.Preheat the oven to 200°C (or 180°C for fan ovens) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Peel carrots and pumpkin and remove all the seeds. Dice them along with the garlic.
3. Place the diced pumpkin, carrots and garlic on the baking sheet, sprinkled with some olive oil, salt and pepper, and roast them in the oven for about 25-30 minutes, or until they are tender and slightly caramelised (you want them to have that irresistible roasted charm).
4. In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until it becomes translucent.
5. Add grated ginger to the pot. Sauté for another minute until fragrant (let the aromatic party begin!).
6. Add the roasted pumpkin and carrots to the pot and stir well.
7. Pour in the vegetable or chicken broth and bring it to a boil.
8. Reduce heat to low and let the broth mixture simmer for about 10 minutes to allow the flavours to mingle.
9. Squeeze the juice of the oranges into the pot and add the zest as well. Stir to incorporate the citrusy goodness into the soup.
10. Season the soup with salt and pepper, letting your taste buds take the lead.
11. Simmer the soup for another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
12. Remove the pot from the heat. Use an immersion blender or transfer the soup in batches to a blender, and blend until smooth and creamy.
13. Return the blended soup to the pot and place it back on the stove over a low heat. Gently reheat the soup until it reaches your desired serving temperature.
14. Taste the soup and adjust the seasoning if necessary (a dash of salt, a sprinkle of pepper, a pinch of gratitude).
15. Serve immediately, garnished with some fresh dill, toasted pumpkin seeds, or fresh cream. Check out ways to serve pumpkin soup below.
Tips for the best pumpkin soup recipe:
- Canned Puree vs. Fresh Pumpkin: When it comes to making pumpkin soup, you have the option of using canned pumpkin puree or fresh pumpkin. Canned puree offers convenience and consistent flavour throughout the year. It saves time as you don’t have to roast and puree the pumpkin yourself. On the other hand, using fresh pumpkins allows you to control the flavour and texture, and it can add a natural sweetness to the soup. If using fresh pumpkins, make sure to select the right variety, such as sugar pumpkins, pie pumpkins or butternut squash, and follow the roasting and pureeing steps mentioned earlier. Both options can yield delicious soup, so choose based on your preferences and the time available to you.
- Creamy Vegan Alternative: To achieve a creamy texture in your vegan pumpkin soup without topping it with dairy products like cream, you can opt for plant-based alternatives. Coconut milk or coconut cream can add richness and a subtle tropical flavour to the soup. Another option is to blend cooked and softened cashews with a bit of water to create a creamy cashew cream that can be added to the soup. Also, instead of chicken broth, you can use vegetable broth. These alternatives provide a luscious texture and enhance the overall flavour profile of the pumpkin soup. Adjust the amount to your desired creaminess, and enjoy a delicious plant-based version of the soup.
- Sweet Potato Addition: If you want to add a delicious twist to your pumpkin soup, incorporate sweet potatoes. The combination of pumpkin and sweet potato creates a flavorful and hearty soup. To do this, simply peel and dice sweet potatoes and add them to the baking tray along with the pumpkin during the baking process.
- Storage: you can store pumpkin soup in an airtight container once it is cold. I like it even more the next day.
Here are some creative and tasty ways to serve pumpkin soup:
- Classic Style: Serve the bowl of pumpkin soup, garnished with a sprig of fresh dill, and pair it with some crusty bread or croutons on the side. It’s simple, comforting, and lets the flavours shine.
- Topped with Creamy Swirls: Before serving, drizzle a swirl of heavy cream, coconut cream, or sour cream on top of the soup. Use a toothpick or a knife to create a decorative pattern. The creamy swirls add visual appeal and a luxurious touch to the dish. This is especially good if you’re making this pumpkin soup recipe for friends or loved ones.
- Flavourful Additions: Enhance the soup by adding some complementary toppings. Try crispy bacon bits, pumpkin seeds, crumbled feta or goat cheese, or a dollop of pesto. These toppings bring additional textures and flavours that can take pumpkin soup to another level.
- Soup Shots: Serve the pumpkin soup in small shot glasses or mini cups as an appetiser or a party snack. It allows guests to enjoy a taste of the soup without committing to a full bowl. Garnish each shot with a tiny dill sprig or a sprinkle of finely chopped chives for an elegant presentation.
- Soup and Sandwich Combo: Pair the pumpkin soup with a delicious sandwich for a satisfying meal. Grilled cheese, turkey and cranberry, or ham and Swiss cheese sandwiches complement the flavours of pumpkin soup perfectly. Dip the sandwich into pumpkin soup for a delightful combination of textures and flavours.
- Pumpkin Soup Bread Bowl Fondue: Scoop out the centre of a large round bread loaf, leaving a thick bread bowl. Fill the bowl with warm pumpkin soup and serve it alongside cubes of bread, roasted vegetables, and even sliced sausages or meatballs for dipping. It’s a fun and interactive way to enjoy the soup.
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