Ginger-Apple Pumpkin Soup

This Ginger-Apple Pumpkin Soup recipe makes a delicious creamy soup with coconut milk, ginger, and cardamom. It's perfect for fall.

Ginger-Apple Pumpkin Soup (vegan)

It’s only October 1st and yet I feel like I’m already the last to post a pumpkin recipe. This time of year, pinterest is crazy for pumpkin. But don’t worry – if you’re too cool for pumpkin, you can just as easily make this soup with butternut squash.

This recipe comes together pretty easily and it doesn’t even require a pot. I roasted the pumpkin, an apple, an onion and a few garlic cloves all in the oven. I put it all in a blender and pureéd it into a creamy soup with coconut milk, ginger, and the special ingredient – cardamom. If you don’t have it you can sub in some curry powder, but cardamom (the hardest spice to describe), has a spicy-sweet sort of floral flavor that works really well here to create a nice balance with the sweet apple and savory roasted pumpkin.

Ginger-Apple Pumpkin Soup (vegan)

For some texture – roast your pumpkin seeds until crispy and sprinkle them on top. (Or just snack on them and forget to put them into the picture like we did).

5.0 from 2 reviews

Ginger-Apple Pumpkin Soup

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Serves: serves 4-6
  • 1 medium sugar pumpkin or 1 butternut squash (see notes)
  • 1 small apple (or ½ a large one)
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • drizzle of olive oil, salt, pepper, for roasting
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • ¼ - ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne (more, to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon additional salt (more to taste)
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Roast pumpkin or butternut squash. (I start by putting mine in the oven for a few minutes to soften so it's easier to cut). Cut in half and scoop out the insides (save & toast the seeds if you want). Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper and roast cut side up for 20 minutes, flip and roast cut side down for 20-30 or until the flesh is soft. Remove from oven, let cool, then peel the skin away from the flesh.
  3. While the squash roasts, slice the apple and onion into wedges and arrange on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper, and roast for 20 minutes or until the edges turn golden brown. During the last 10 minutes or so, add the whole garlic cloves to the baking sheet.
  4. In a blender, add pumpkin mash, roasted onion, apple, garlic (remove the skins), coconut milk, ginger, cardamom, cayenne and salt. Puree until smooth. If it's too thick, add a bit of water or broth to thin and blend again. Taste and adjust seasonings. Store leftovers in the fridge for up to a few days.
You want about 2 cups of roasted & mashed squash. (Don't substitute with canned pumpkin).

Handmade bowls by: RossLab on Etsy


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  1. apple, ginger, and pumpkin – its an ideal soup for this season. i have not made anything pumpkin yet so this might be my first 🙂

  2. I think it’s silly how people are hating on pumpkin now. I understand over-saturation has something to do with it, but you don’t hear anyone going, ‘Another tomato recipe, in August?!’ In any case, I love the combination of apple and cardamom together, and apple in soups in general. Thank you for sharing this!

    • jeanine

      Ha, good point about tomato season :). People love to hate, don’t they?

  3. The color of this soup is amazing! And I’m obviously behind the times right now too, my first pumpkin post will be at the end of this week. Oops 😉

  4. Ha, no you’re definitely not the last one to post a pumpkin recipe. I’m still out there. 😉 Love the cardamom, ginger, and apple in this, a really lovely combo.

  5. Magali from

    Love the combination of the apple, ginger & pumpkin, original. What a great idea of combo I wouldn’t have thought of but thinking about it sounds delicious.


  6. Arika M. from

    That soup looks velvety and rich. Yummy!

  7. Well, I think this is fabulous. What terrific fall flavor combinations! Cardamom is probably the hardest spice to describe, I agree on that!

  8. The pumpkin hysteria starts earlier and earlier each year, it seems!

    This looks wonderful and so comforting 🙂

  9. The pumpkin hysteria starts earlier and earlier each year, it seems!

    This looks wonderful and so comforting 🙂

  10. You’re right on time to the pumpkin party in my book! This soup sounds delicious!

  11. Eileen from

    Hey, I haven’t yet posted a pumpkin recipe! High five! 🙂 However, in the future, gourds of all kinds are definitely happening, There are two delicata squash on our counter right now. Anyway, this soup sounds delicious! I love the idea of adding plenty of ginger zing.

    • jeanine

      Ha – I’m loving squash season too 🙂

  12. Now I’m officially the last person to not post a pumpkin recipe yet! I can’t deal with the pumpkin in August phenom that has swept pinterest. But I can deal with pumpkin in October. And this soup sounds absolutely fabulous. Love the cardamon in here!

    • jeanine

      Ha, glad I’m not the last! I know, it’s hard to crave pumpkin in August when it’s 99 degrees outside 🙂

  13. Lecia from

    I steadfastly avoid pumpkin and all other things autumnal until at least October 1. This looks amazing – bookmarking for the weekend. xo

  14. I was going to start this comment with…WHERE did you get those precious bowls?! But then you linked to them, so thank you! I have to admit that I’m not terribly fond of pumpkin so I would definitely go for the butternut squash instead, but it’s a beautiful soup and your styling is impeccable, like always. 🙂

    • jeanine

      I know aren’t they so cute? This is really great with butternut squash, hope you like!

  15. Lauren

    Hi there –
    You mention roasting the pumpkin as well as the apples/onions. This may be a dumb question, but at what temperature?


    • jeanine

      opps! Not a dumb question at all :). 400 F. Thanks for pointing that out, I just updated it in the recipe.

  16. This looks soooo good and the pictures are amazing. Great combination with apple, ginger and pumpkin. And the cardamom is just perfect. We put cardamom in so many things here in Denmark, but I’ve never tried it in soup. It’s a must try now!

    • jeanine

      Thanks Julie! I just love cardamom, it spices this up nicely 🙂

  17. Jen

    Just made this for a early dinner. Was outstanding!! I swirled a bit of yogurt on top- delicious!

  18. Fee from

    We’re still in the dying faze of winter so still getting the cold nights. I made this soup last night – had it with focaccia bread …. oh, wow, it was gorgeous and the cardamom sure is the “secret ingredient”. Thanks!

    • jeanine

      Isn’t the cardamom so good? I’m so glad you liked it, thanks for letting me know!

  19. Paul from

    What a unique combination of flavours. I can’t wait to try this one.

  20. Nubia

    This soup was fantastic, used light coconut milk and it worked great. Thank you for the recipe

    • Cher

      Is the recipe made with sweetened or unsweetened coconut milk?

      • jeanine

        unsweet (the kind that comes in a can)

  21. Stephanie H.

    Just curious as to why you say not to use canned pumpkin. I’ve used canned pumpkin in similar soups before and it’s turned out quite well.

    • jeanine

      Hi Stephanie, you can try it if you want – I just haven’t (personally) had great results making soups with canned pumpkin (although I love it for baking!).

      • Stephanie H.

        I find canned pumpkin has more moisture in it than fresh roasted pumpkin, so you have to reduce the amount of liquid you add. You might give that a try sometime when you don’t have fresh pumpkin or squash on hand.

  22. Megan

    Why not canned pumpkin?? I would think it would be quick, easy, and smoothe.

    • jeanine

      you can give it a try – I (personally) prefer real pumpkin or butternut squash in soups, I just find it has more flavor. But let me know if you use canned pumpkin and it works out!

  23. Lacey

    This soup inspired me to roast pumpkin for the first time and it was so good. Delicious. Thanks for all your great recipes!

  24. Lacey

    This soup inspired me to roast pumpkin for the first time and it was so good. Delicious. Thanks for all your great recipes!

  25. Lacey

    This soup inspired me to roast pumpkin for the first time and it was so good. Delicious. Thanks for all your great recipes!

  26. Brooke from

    I absolutely adore all of your recipes! I loved the extra little kick with the cayenne in this one. The soup was soooo delicious!

    • jeanine

      Thank you, Brooke – I’m so glad you liked it!

  27. Nikki from

    Mmmm so many of my favorites all wrapped up in one! Can’t wait to try it 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!

  28. Elbie

    I’ve made this soup several times now and I love the ease, flavor, and comfort of it! THANK you so much for the recipe!

  29. Helen

    What size can of coconut milk please?

    • jeanine

      Hi Helen – 14.5-oz

  30. Andrea from

    This is one of my favourite combos. I substitute the pumpkin for acorn squash when I can’t find pumpkin. Great soup!

  31. Susan H

    I wanted to love this, but I think the proportions were off. Two cups of pumpkin to one CAN of coconut milk resulted in an extremely rich soup that tasted predominantly of coconut.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m sorry you didn’t like this one.

  32. Sarah

    …Can I use regular milk instead of coconut milk? or chicken stock/broth? I’m allergic to coconut 🙁 What do you think would work best?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Sarah, I would use broth (any kind) and maybe add a splash of cream at the end. Hope that helps!

  33. Jacki

    This soup was amazing! What a great way to get in the fall spirit and warm us up on a cold, rainy night! I don’t know how many people it’s supposed to feed, but my husband and I definitely polished it off in one meal. Hoping I have enough leftover pumpkin for a second batch 😉

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