Pumpkin Soup - Love and Lemons (2024)

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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!

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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:

  • Kale Salad
  • Farro Salad
  • Pear Salad with Balsamic and Walnuts
  • Butternut Squash Salad
  • Sweet Potato Salad


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.

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More Favorite Soup Recipes

If you love this vegan pumpkin soup, try one of these delicious soup recipes next:

  • Butternut Squash Soup
  • Sweet Potato Soup
  • Acorn Squash Soup
  • Vegetable Soup
  • Carrot Ginger Soup
  • Best Lentil Soup
  • Tomato Basil Soup
  • Or any of these 35 Best Soup Recipes!

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Pumpkin Soup

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Prep Time: 20 minutes mins

Cook Time: 1 hour hr 20 minutes mins

Total Time: 1 hour hr 40 minutes mins

Serves 6

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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.


  • 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


  • 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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What pairs well with pumpkin soup? ›

I love to pair it with a grilled cheese sandwich or a hearty autumn salad like one of these:
  • Kale Salad.
  • Farro Salad.
  • Pear Salad with Balsamic and Walnuts.
  • Butternut Squash Salad.
  • Sweet Potato Salad.

What is the number one soup in the world? ›

According to the Taste Atlas Awards, the international food database, the Filipino favorite, Sinigang, is hailed as the best soup in the world.

Why is my pumpkin soup tasteless? ›

If you think the soup is bland, try adding salt to make all the flavors pop. Use All The Spices Listed. I know it might seem like a long list, but they are all delicious and important for giving the soup a warm and spicy quality: Thyme, Cumin, Ginger, Poultry Seasoning and Cinnamon.

Is pumpkin soup good for a bad stomach? ›

A wonderful option for anyone battling an upset stomach, Yellow Pumpkin Soup is easy to digest, gentle on the stomach, and soothing. Low in calories and high in soluble fiber, Yellow Pumpkin Soup can help keep you and your stomach satiated and may help ease your upset stomach too.

What flavors pair well with pumpkin? ›

To complement pumpkin with sweet flavor pairings, consider using spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and vanilla, or sweet ingredients like chocolate, maple, honey, cranberries or brown sugar. Create savory dishes by pairing pumpkin with spices like chilies, cajun, cayenne or pepper.

Is pumpkin soup good for high blood pressure? ›

To help decrease your blood pressure, try eating pumpkin, which contains potassium that helps to control blood pressure. Potassium also helps with bone health and decreases your risk for diabetes. Around 10% of your daily potassium is found in just a half-cup serving of canned pumpkin.

What is the best soup to eat everyday? ›

6 delicious and healthy soups
  • Chicken Vietnamese Pho.
  • Green spring minestrone.
  • Herb and yoghurt-based soup.
  • Lamb shank and barley soup.
  • Pumpkin soup with star croutons.
  • Lentil and vegetable soup with crusty bread.
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Why do Chinese eat so much soup? ›

Sweet soups such as tong sui are enjoyed for their aroma, mouthfeel, and aftertaste. Many soups are eaten and drunk as much for their flavour as for their health benefits and touted for their purported revitalizing or invigorating effects.

What thickens pumpkin soup? ›

There are several ways to thicken pumpkin soup. The easiest method is to reduce the soup by cooking off some of the liquid. Alternatively, use a slurry of all-purpose flour or cornstarch and water, add a teaspoon or two of either thickener to a small bowl and stir in 2 to 3 teaspoons of the soup to create a slurry.

What does pumpkin soup do to your body? ›

Pumpkin contains immune-promoting nutrients like vitamins A, E, and C, omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, selenium, iron, magnesium, and beta-carotene. Consuming pumpkin may help manage immune-related diseases, reduce how often you fall sick, and help you recover faster from infections.

Can you eat too much pumpkin soup? ›

Pumpkin is very healthy and considered safe for most. However, some people may experience allergies after eating pumpkin (32). It's also considered mildly diuretic, which means eating a lot of pumpkin may induce a “water pill”-like reaction, increasing the amount of water and salt your body expels through urine (33).

Is pumpkin soup a laxative? ›

Since pumpkin contains soluble fiber, it can help loosen stool, preventing and relieving constipation. The fibers in pumpkin are also prebiotics that helps the growth and balance of the typical gut microbiota. An imbalance of the microorganisms in the gut may contribute to constipation, according to a 2019 study .

Does pumpkin soup spike blood sugar? ›

Pumpkin has a high GI at 75, but a low GL at 8 (7). This means that as long as you eat a single one-cup portion of pumpkin or less, it shouldn't significantly affect your blood sugar levels. However, eating a large amount of pumpkin could drastically increase your blood sugar.

Is pumpkin soup a diuretic? ›

Please note: Pumpkin is mildly diuretic and could be a problem for people who take certain medications. Always talk to your doctor about your diet and possible health risks associated with certain foods and vitamins.

What can you have as a side with soup? ›

25 Sides for Soup
  • 01 of 25. Simple Roasted Butternut Squash. View Recipe. ...
  • 02 of 25. Low-Carb Zucchini Pasta. View Recipe. ...
  • 03 of 25. Fried Brussels Sprouts. ...
  • 04 of 25. Roasted Green Beans. ...
  • 05 of 25. Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe. ...
  • 06 of 25. Butter-Roasted Cauliflower. ...
  • 07 of 25. Buttered Biscuits. ...
  • 08 of 25. Quick and Easy Grilled Potatoes.
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What is a good accompaniment to butternut squash soup? ›

When I'm making it the center of a meal, I serve it with good crusty bread, homemade focaccia, avocado toast, or corn muffins and a simple veggie side or fall salad. Here are a few of my favorites: Simple Lemon Green Beans. Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon Zest.

What does pumpkin pie pair with? ›

What to pair with pumpkin pie? Well, coffee, duh! Coffee and pumpkin pie, and a tiny slice of apple, and an even teeny-tinier slice of French silk. That's what goes with pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving.

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