Pumpkin Soup

This creamy pumpkin soup recipe is perfect for a cool fall night. Packed with curry spices and pumpkin flavor, it's comforting, nourishing, and delicious.

Pumpkin soup

Is there anything more autumnal than creamy pumpkin soup? A few weekends back, Chicago was seeing its first fall weather of the year. The air was crisp, a few leaves were turning yellow and red, and Jack and I were making our traditional Sunday trip to the farmers market. When we got there, I caught sight of a massive kabocha squash with vibrant orange skin. As soon as I saw it, I knew how I was spending my afternoon. On a cool day like that, there’s nothing I love more than making a big pot of soup. I scooped up the shiny squash in front of me and started dreaming up a new pumpkin soup recipe on the spot.

Since then, Jack and I have eaten more than a few batches of this pumpkin soup, but we’re nowhere near tired of it. Thanks to the squash, it has a wonderfully thick and creamy texture. Coconut milk adds richness, and aromatic spices like turmeric, ginger, and cumin fill it with warm curry flavor. If the last few weeks are any indication, we’ll be making it often this season, and I hope you will be, too.

Pumpkin soup recipe ingredients

Pumpkin Soup Recipe Ingredients

Most of the ingredients in this pumpkin soup recipe are pantry staples:

  • Onion and garlic – They add savory depth of flavor.
  • Olive oil – You’ll use it for roasting the pumpkin and sautéing the onion and garlic.
  • Curry spices – Ginger, turmeric, cumin, cardamom, and coriander add warm, aromatic flavor. I love this mix of spices in my easy coconut curry, and it’s delicious in this pumpkin soup too!
  • Coconut milk – It makes this soup rich and creamy without any heavy cream or dairy. Yep, this recipe is totally vegan and dairy-free!
  • Vegetable broth – Use store-bought, or make homemade vegetable stock.
  • Apple cider vinegar – Its tangy flavor balances the squash’s sweetness.
  • And salt and pepper – To make all the flavors pop!

Beyond these basics, you’ll need a fresh pumpkin or winter squash.

Pumpkin Options

The best types of squash for this recipe are kabocha squash, red kuri squash, buttercup squash, and butternut squash. All of these squashes have sweet, firm flesh that will give this soup a great creamy texture and pumpkin flavor.

I don’t recommend using canned pumpkin puree here, as it’s more watery and less sweet than fresh roasted pumpkin. And don’t go for a big carving pumpkin either! They’re not as flavorful as the varieties listed above.

Find the complete recipe with measurements below. 

Halved kabocha squash cut-side-up on a baking sheet

How to Make Pumpkin Soup

This easy pumpkin soup recipe has three main parts:

  • roast,
  • simmer,
  • and blend.

Here’s how it goes:

First, roast the squash. Carefully chop it in half vertically, and use a spoon to scoop out the seeds. Rub the cut side of the squash with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and place it cut side down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Halved kabocha squash cut-side-down on a baking sheet

Roast the squash in a 400°F oven until it’s completely soft, 40 to 60 minutes.

Roasted pumpkin on a baking sheet

When the roasted squash is cool to the touch, peel away its skin and measure 4 1/2 packed cups of the soft pumpkin flesh.

Roasted pumpkin on a baking sheet with measuring cup

Next, simmer! In a large pot over medium heat, sauté the onion until it softens. Add the spices, garlic, and ginger, and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Mix in the measured squash flesh, broth, and coconut milk, and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove the soup from the heat, and stir in the vinegar.

Finally, blend. Allow the soup to cool slightly. Then, transfer it to a blender and puree until smooth (you could also use an immersion blender for this step!). The consistency will vary based on the water content of your squash, so if the soup is too thick, blend in water, 1/2 cup at a time, to reach your desired texture.

Season to taste. Pour into bowls, and enjoy!

Creamy vegan pumpkin soup recipe

How to Serve Pumpkin Soup

I love this creamy soup with a variety of garnishes on top. It’s wonderful with a drizzle of coconut milk, microgreens or chopped fresh cilantro, toasted pepitas or pumpkin seeds, and/or fresh black pepper. Crusty homemade croutons are delicious too!

Enjoy the soup on its own, with a hunk of crusty bread or homemade focaccia on the side, or make it part of a larger meal. I love to pair it with a grilled cheese sandwich or a hearty autumn salad like one of these:

Storage

Store leftover pumpkin soup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. It’ll thicken in the fridge, so I recommend reheating it on the stove, adding water as needed to loosen it to your desired consistency.

This soup also freezes well for up to 3 months. Transfer frozen soup to the fridge to thaw overnight before reheating.

Creamy pumpkin soup in bowls

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Pumpkin Soup

rate this recipe:
4.92 from 104 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Serves 6
This creamy pumpkin soup recipe is comforting and warming—perfect for a cool fall night. I recommend making it with fresh kabocha squash, but buttercup squash, red kuri squash, or butternut squash would work here too.

Ingredients

  • 1 (4-pound) pumpkin (kabocha squash is best)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, plus more for sprinkling
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 (14-ounce) can full-fat coconut milk, reserve a little for garnish
  • cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Water, as needed
  • Microgreens, optional, for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Cut the pumpkin in half and scoop out the seeds. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place cut side down on the baking sheet. Roast for 40 to 60 minutes, or until very soft. When cool to the touch, peel away the skin and measure 4½ packed cups of the flesh.
  • Heat the 2 tablespoons of oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion, salt, and several grinds of pepper and sauté until soft, 5 to 8 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger, cumin, coriander, turmeric, and cardamom and stir for 30 seconds, or until the spices are aromatic. Add the cooked squash, coconut milk, and broth and stir to combine. Simmer for 20 minutes, then stir in the vinegar.
  • Transfer to a blender, working in batches if necessary. Blend until smooth. Kabocha squash can vary in water content, so if your soup is too thick, add up to 1½ cups water (½ cup at a time) to reach your desired consistency.
  • Season to taste. Pour into bowls and garnish with additional coconut milk, fresh black pepper, and microgreens, if desired.

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  1. Tunrayo
    01.05.2024

    5 stars
    My whole family loved this thank you !

  2. Susi
    12.25.2023

    2 stars
    Meh… It always tasted like it was missing at least 1 something. And I know amazing chef but those who eat my cooking not me That it would be my specialty seasonings and maybe fixing something if we don’t like it exactly at 1st But I could never really get there. I’m still vexed. My mom just said it was boring. It was just seeming the impossible to alter, which I think just take all the fun out of it. Sorry I don’t want to sound like a jerk, but that is precisely where the fun is for me in a recipe this left me feeling perplexed, unsatisfied, bothered honestly

  3. Rena
    12.08.2023

    4 stars
    Pretty good recipe but way too much cumin and maybe some other spice too. I kept having to add salt sugar etc to try and balance out the flavor and especially get out the slight bitterness from too much spice.

  4. Patricia
    11.05.2023

    5 stars
    Is this soup okay to freeze?

  5. Enya
    10.11.2023

    5 stars
    Ein geniales Rezept welches allen Bekannten sehr gemschmeckt hat!

  6. Emily
    06.28.2023

    5 stars
    Incredible recipe. Flavour was out of this world! I garnished with light greek yoghurt, freshly toasted pepitas, coriander and a squeeze of lemon. We ate it with toasted green olive & rosemary sourdough. Highly recommend!!!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      06.29.2023

      I’m so glad you loved it!

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