Sunday, October 31, 2010

Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Soup

We Delshads are big fans of soup! When it's cool outside, there's just nothing more comforting than a warm bowl of soup. This was, however, my first time making pumpkin soup. I've seen a lot of winter squash soups floating around the blogosphere lately and this Halloween afternoon I decided to give it a go!

This soup is very creamy, with a complex mix of spicy and sweet flavors that left us both licking our bowls (truth be told, I licked the pot clean too). It is important to use a pumpkin that is meant for cooking, not your leftover jack-o-lanterns. Small "pie pumpkins" are your best bet. You can also feel free to substitute butternut squash or sweet potatoes for the pumpkin.

Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Soup
A 2 pound (approx.) pie pumpkin, peeled, seeded and diced
2-3 Cups of water
olive oil for coating the pot
1 medium onion, diced
3 large garlic cloves, minced
2 Tablespoons of fresh ginger, minced
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon hot red pepper (such as cayenne)
1 Tablespoon of turmeric
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons coriander seeds or 1 teaspoon ground coriander
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 Can of coconut milk (about 2/3 cup)
cilantro for garnish (optional)

1) Heat a large pot over medium heat, coat the pan with little olive oil (1-2 Tablespoons).
2) Add the diced onions, and saute until they are translucent (7-8 minutes).
3) Add the garlic and ginger, saute another 5 minutes.
4) Add all of the spices, and let them toast for 1-2 minutes.
5) Add the diced pumpkin, and enough water to almost cover the squash. Cover and let simmer until the pumpkin is tender (around 30 minutes).
6) Puree the soup, return it to the pot, stir in the coconut milk, and bring the soup back to a simmer.
7) Ladle piping hot soup into bowls and garnish with a little cilantro.

Happy Halloween!!!

As usual, I've also included this post as part of several weekly recipe sharing events: Midnight Maniac Meatless Mondays , Making Monday Marvelous, Just Something I Whipped Up, My Meatless Mondays, Just Another Meatless Monday, Slightly Induglent Tuesday, Tempt my Tummy Tuesday, Tasty Tuesdays , Tuesdays at the Table, Real Food Wednesdays, Friday Foodie, Family Food Fridays, and Friday Favorites. Check out all the great recipes other bloggers have contributed!

I've also included this as part of Jenna's Pumpkin Recipe Link-up over at the Newlywed's Blog, and Tina's Pumpkin Recipe Link-up at Mom's Crazy Cooking. Head over to both cites for a wide array of tasty pumpkin eats!

Last, I 've linked this recipe to one more really fantastic recipe sharing event - a Gluten Free Holiday. This event was organized by Amy at Simply Sugar and Gluten Free, it will take place every Thursday in November and December, with different themes each week, and different bloggers hosting each week. This week's theme is Gluten Free Holiday Recipes made healthier and it is being hosted by Ricki of Diet, Dessert and Dogs. If you ask me, a holiday meal isn't complete without something containing pumpkin, winter squash, or sweet potatoes. These fall veggies are my absolute favorites, they always satisfy my sweet tooth without any added sweetner. As a bonus these veggies are some of the most nutrient dense foods around!

While this soup may not be the most "traditional" holiday recipe, the creamy pumpkin spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg provides a comforting warmth and flavor that screams Thanksgiving! I think this soup would be a great way to start your turkey day meal, it would also be a nice light lunch or dinner in the days before and after the big feast! Happy Holidays everyone!


  1. Looks delicious. I just love soup also. Thanks for joining the pumpkin linky, be sure to link to your post too.

  2. This looks wonderful! I love the addition of coconut milk and think it must really make the soup so spectacular!

  3. Hi Jenna - Thanks, I really love your blog, thanks for hosting the pumpkin link-up!

    Hi Erin - I love coconut milk, and I think it does impart something extra special :).

  4. That is a lovely photograph of your soup, and it sounds just delicious! I love the spices you have used as well.

  5. Keep up with all these soups and I'll be your friend for life!

    The timing of this one couldn't be more perfect. I made a Hummingbird Cake with coconut frosting last week and now have half a can of coconut milk sitting in the refrigerator. I had no idea what to do with it - until now!

    Thanks for the inspiration and thanks for adding it to Midnight Maniac Meatless Mondays.

    ♥ Rebecca Jean
    Midnight Maniac

  6. This sounds like my kind of pumpkin soup. I love how it has so many spices in it for flavor. By the way, be sure to stop by my blog for a chance to enter my CSN giveaway.

  7. Hi Rebecca jean - glad to be of help with the coconut milk, it is also great in rice pudding! Look for a gumbo recipe on here soon :).

    Lisa - Thanks for stopping by and for a fantastic giveaway opportunity - CSN is so fabulous!

  8. Oh another version of pumpkin soup! I bet I can make this with KABOCHA!! :)

    Thanks for linking up to Just Another Meatless Monday, it's great to have you along!

  9. Thank You Thank You for linking up. Check back next week the theme is Thanksgiving Treats!

  10. Yum I love pumpkin soup but have never tried making it myself - thanks for the recipe!

    And thank you for linking to This Week's Cravings!

  11. I have been looking for a good pumpkin soup. Can't wait to try this one!

  12. oh man what a great flavor combination!

  13. I can just smell the spices in this soup. Beautiful to look at too.

  14. Pumpkin certainly does make a meal feel more festive--and this recipe is a great way to use it! Looks fabulous, rich, and healthy, too. :) Thanks so much for linking up to the GF Holiday event.

  15. Thanks everyone for stopping by - I must say the leftovers were especially good, the spices really shined through! This soup also really got me into the holiday spirit - I've got my turkey day menu all planned out :).

  16. Oh this just screams fall - sounds delicious!