Pumpkin soup

Pumpkin soup

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(114 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 onions, 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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5th Nov, 2014
I agree with Sparrowfield's comment - the time-consuming part is preparing the pumpkin! After that, it's a very easy recipe. I added sage for a herby flavour and used milk instead of cream for a healthier option. Nice!
2nd Nov, 2014
Loved it! Kids liked it too, not an overpowering soup, very creamy with a lovely texture
2nd Nov, 2014
This soup only tasted of stock. I think its because Halloween pumpkins are bred for size not flavour. Next time I would roast the pumpkin first. I added chopped and fried smoked bacon sprinkled as croutons at the end and didnt bother with the seeds. The bacon was the best bit about the soup!
2nd Nov, 2014
The soups flavour depends on the pumpkin used, I used a Halloween pumpkin and the only flavour was from the stock and onion. Next time I would roast the pumpkin 1st to get maximum flavour out of it. Otherwise butternut squash woul
2nd Nov, 2014
This was my first time making pumpkin soup and it was delicious! After reading some of the comments I also added mixed spice which complimented the soup perfectly. I think next time I will reduce the amount of cream a little bit though. It's a really tasty soup which is so simple to make. I can't wait to make another batch! :)
29th Oct, 2014
Yum, used half fat creme fraiche instead of the double cream, added a teaspoon of chilli flakes to give it a kick, used a hand blender to smooth some of the soup but left it a bit chunky as we like it that way and didn't bother with the croutons just served it with crusty granary bread, yum again!
29th Oct, 2014
This soup does not need the cream, it makes it too sweet and heavy.
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28th Oct, 2014
Made two more batches. Thus soup is fab and so easy to make! Everyone loves it. Add mixed spice and cinammon for extra kick. Lovely winter warmer.
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26th Oct, 2014
This is so delicious!! A soup for any occasion... easy evening meal... family lunch or even a dinner party!!! YUM
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22nd Sep, 2014
Great, easy and tasty recipe. Froze half. my toddler loved as well! Oh I added 1\4 tspn of mixed spice just to add a bit of warmth. Will definitely make again


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