Thai pumpkin soup

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 40 mins


Serves 6
Make the most of autumn's harvest with this warming, seasonal soup

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal192
  • fat15g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs11g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre4g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.94g
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  • 1½ kg pumpkin or squash, peeled and roughly chopped



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

  • 4 tsp sunflower oil
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  • 1 onion, sliced



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  • 1 tbsp grated ginger



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  • 1 lemongrass, bashed a little
  • 3-4 tbsp Thai red curry paste
  • 400ml can coconut milk
  • 850ml vegetable stock
  • lime juice and sugar, for seasoning



    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • 1 red chilli, sliced, to serve (optional)


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Toss the pumpkin or squash in a roasting tin with half the oil and seasoning, then roast for 30 mins until golden and tender.

  2. Meanwhile, put the remaining oil in a pan with the onion, ginger and lemongrass. Gently cook for 8-10 mins until softened. Stir in the curry paste for 1 min, followed by the roasted pumpkin, all but 3 tbsp of the coconut milk and the stock. Bring to a simmer, cook for 5 mins, then fish out the lemongrass. Cool for a few mins, then whizz until smooth with a hand blender, or in a large blender in batches. Return to the pan to heat through, seasoning with salt, pepper, lime juice and sugar, if it needs it. Serve drizzled with the remaining coconut milk and scattered with chilli, if you like.

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Comments (117)

victoriaplumbum's picture

Made this soup tonight. Was A MAZ ING! Warming, different flavours coming through. Absolutely lovely, although I emptied a whole can of coconut milk into it! Yum!

vinsbit's picture

So delicious - the best soup I've ever had. It's just sad that you can only get pumpkins at halloween, otherwise I'd have this all winter.

jose81's picture

Did half the recipe and worked well - used Thai fish sauce instead of sugar as another reviewer recommended, and used ground ginger as no fresh in. Lovely kick to it (homemade curry paste - and teaspoons not tablespoons as others mentioned!) and creamy. Very filling.

leaghanndizzy's picture

Made this last night, use squash didnt bother to roast it - instead of sugar added a splash of fish sauce instead of sugar - it was Awesome!

lemaid's picture

Gorgeous soup. I added a little coriander, because I love it, and some chopped chillies, because I like heat. I will make this time and time again.

sarahzoehills's picture

very very good

pixiedc's picture

Good spicy pumpkin soup - also came out quite thick for me, but no complaints there

ssusienash's picture

Cooked this for a dinner party starter, with some of the 27lb pumpkin that we grew. It was delicious

cloud_strife's picture

Made this for everyone at work. They went mad for it!!
Used butternut squash and half the stock for a thicker soup as the suggested 850ml was way too much. But then I like my soups on the thick side

foodylou's picture

Lovely soup, added an extra chilli before blending and served with homemade garlic croutons, lovely :)

bumblebee_uk's picture

I made a few changes:
-omitted the curry paste (sick and tired of buying expensive pastes that go mouldy before I get a chance to use them again)
-used squash instead of pumpkin
-added 2 garlic cloves
-used light coconut milk
-added lime zest as well as the juice
-and added the chilli before blending.

Absolutely delicious- good flavours and a velvety smooth texture. Will definitely make this again!

mcemmabell's picture

I accidentally bought something called a Red Kuri Squash (or Hokkaido here in Germany), and decided to try the soup anyway. Unlike the picture it turned out bright orange, and very sweet. It definitely needed some lime juice to freshen it up a bit - but was very tasty. I would give it five stars, but it was a little too rich for my liking.

Next time I will try to make it with actual pumpkin and see if it improves!

lizleicester's picture

Did butternut squash version because pumpkins all gone after Halloween. Forgot to add lime juice at the end despite going out to buy them specially.... Good excuse to do it again, though. Delicious soup.

christine4's picture

Oops- Guess what I forgot to do :)

christine4's picture

This was absolutely delicious-my husband who normally hates pumpkin soup loved it so much that I may use it as my Christmas starter this year! I used the inside of the pumpkin the children were carving as I hate throwing all the insides away-it seems such a waste!I also put less curry paste in!!

juliej's picture

Beautiful recipe, loved by all the family. I used butternut squash rather than pumpkin and light coconut milk...delicious!

cjsansom's picture

Delicious - can't fault it! Will be cooking for bonfire night.

helenclare5's picture

Very delicious. I used 2 dessert spoons of the curry paste - a touch too much for me. Also suggest using good stock. I roasted 4 garlic cloves with the pumpkin which added a lovely depth to overall soup when l added before blitzing.

smirnoff36's picture

one of the nicest soups i have ever made so easy to make such lovely flavour i recommend leaving it overnight in the fridge to intensify the flavour and serve with fresh Melba toast for sure make this you wont be dissapointed


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