Pumpkin soup

Pumpkin soup

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(105 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 6
A silky textured soup, sprinkled with crunchy croutons and seeds

Nutrition and extra info

  • Can be frozen if using vegetable stock
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal317
  • fat24g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs20g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre0g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.54g
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  • 4 tbsp olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 onion, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1kg pumpkin or squash (try kabocha), peeled, deseeded and chopped into chunks



    Pumpkins are the most famous of all the winter squashes, and are most associated with Halloween…

  • 700ml vegetable stock or chicken stock
  • 142ml pot double cream
  • 4 slices wholemeal seeded bread
  • handful pumpkin seed from a packet


  1. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large saucepan, then gently cook 2 finely chopped onions for 5 mins, until soft but not coloured. Add 1kg peeled, deseeded and chopped pumpkin or squash to the pan, then carry on cooking for 8-10 mins, stirring occasionally until it starts to soften and turn golden.

  2. Pour 700ml vegetable stock into the pan, then season with salt and pepper. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 10 mins until the squash is very soft. Pour the 142ml pot of double cream into the pan, bring back to the boil, then purée with a hand blender. For an extra-velvety consistency you can now push the soup through a fine sieve into another pan. The soup can now be frozen for up to 2 months.

  3. While the soup is cooking, slice the crusts from 4 slices of wholemeal seed bread, then cut the bread into small croutons. Heat the remaining 2 tbsp olive oil in a frying pan, then fry the bread until it starts to become crisp. Add a handful of pumpkin seeds to the pan, then cook for a few mins more until they are toasted. These can be made a day ahead and stored in an airtight container. Reheat the soup if needed, taste for seasoning, then serve scattered with croutons and seeds and drizzled with more olive oil, if you want.

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Comments (159)

JaneW's picture

A neighbour gave me a pumpkin so I thought I ought to do something with it. Found this BBC recipe for pumpkin soup and tried it out tonight. Delicious. I have kept the seeds to roast. I did come across a method to roast the seeds but struggling to find it again. Will search. Also roasted some of the pumpkin last night and ate with fish and roasted tomatoes with garlic on top, also green beans. Very nice.

Floral_One's picture

I make this soup a lot. The whole family loves it! I always use red Hokkaido squash if I can (as the skin doesn't need removing) and add a sweet potato to the mix. I don't tend to both with the double cream, but add a dollop of plain yoghurt to each bowl just before serving which I find gives it a nice tang :) Yum! It also freezes really well.

elwenor's picture

This soup is delicious!

cooldrapes's picture

Wonderful soup, smooth and creamy. Made this on holiday in Spain and used something which looked more like a squash than a pumpkin. Added some raw potato to make up the weight of the flesh as it wasn't enough once I had peeled and seeded it. Used UHT cooking (single) cream and just liquidised it when finished. In my opinion it didn't need any sieving afterwards, just plenty of black pepper sprinkled on top. Will make this again and again!

stia_616's picture

I really like this. I used carving pumpkins though, so I don't think I got the full benefit. I also used natural yoghurt instead of cream and added garlic and cumin as some of the comments suggested. Went down well and have left overs in the freezer.

janethartill's picture

This is the best ever recipe for pumpkin soup . I served this soup to 20 people at our Halloween/Firework party everyone agreed it was great. Thank You

anaisrobic's picture

This recipe is absolutely beautiful! I added some pumpkin seeds to the soup and about 30g of butter. Really enjoyed it and am happy to recommend it!

ebbalow's picture

Very easy and very tasty.

sparrowfield's picture

Brilliant, though I did take note of some of the other remarks. I halved the cream and added yoghurt, and also added curry to taste and it was delicious. Will certainly save this recipe. Never thought of trying pumpkin soup before.

lynrickard's picture

I made this as we had a lot of pumpkin to use up and added garlic and chilli flakes - it was really lovely and definitely had a chilli kick. Easy to make and will definitely make it again!

selinabeana's picture

This is lovely - a hand blender is enough for it to be smooth and it is a bit more rustic if it's slightly thicker anyway. I added fried pancetta and it gave it a lot more taste. Very warming for winter and I may even make it look a bot posher and serve it as an impressive starter!

jingles1964's picture

" leftover pumpkins so we made this soup but added beetroot and red lentils and instead of cream low fat coconut milk and cumin and garam masala , it was Lush

willys's picture

This was fantastic! I made it for my our Halloween evening meal and it was lovely and filling. The only change was I made a loaf of Onion Bread to go with it and my Husband thought it needed a bit more salt (but my Husband does over do it on the Salt!). Will be making this again for sure! :)

homegirl's picture

Ok I like a little kick to my added garlic/ginger/chilli and a touch of coriander...also didn`t have any cream so used a big dollop of Light Philadelphia and blended it...Deeelishussss :o)

jmsteele's picture

I used an acorn pumpkin. Would recommend this to anyone.

jmsteele's picture

This is a great soup. As soups go it was fairly easy to make, did not make too much mess blending. My daughter who is a fussy eater liked it too, which is saying a lot.

josephinewales123's picture

This recipe is so easy and is absolutely delicious, I did had 3 cloves of garlic chopped, and fried with the onions. Only took me 20 mins to make.

JaneW's picture

Hey, what a good idea to add some garlic to the onions. I chopped fresh coriander and sprinkled on top and it was lovely.

hughol's picture

Have made butternut squash soup many times before which has always been delicious. As it's Halloween I decided to try this pumpkin recipe for the first time - never again, this was absolutely tasteless. As other reviews have been positive I can only assume it was the pumpkin I used that caused the problem.

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