Pumpkin soup in a white bowl, topped with croutons

Pumpkin soup

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(117 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 6

Whip up this easy pumpkin soup as a starter for a dinner party or a light supper when you need a bit of comfort – it has a lovely silky texture

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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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    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
  • 150ml double cream

For the croutons

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

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

  • 4 slices wholemeal seeded bread, crusts removed
  • handful pumpkin seeds from a packet


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan, then gently cook the onions for 5 mins, until soft but not coloured.

  2. Add the pumpkin or squash to the pan, then carry on cooking for 8-10 mins, stirring occasionally until it starts to soften and turn golden.

  3. Pour the stock into the pan and season with salt and pepper. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 10 mins until the squash is very soft.

  4. Pour the double cream into the pan, bring back to the boil, then purée with a hand blender. For an extra-velvety consistency you can pour the soup through a fine sieve. The soup can now be frozen for up to 2 months.

  5. To make the croutons: cut the bread into small squares. Heat the 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.

  6. 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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23rd Oct, 2013
Delicious, followed other comments and added garlic, little bit of curry powder and also substituted the cream for a couple large tbsp's of soft cheese. Brilliant and can adapt to your prefered taste!
19th Oct, 2013
Good, easy and nice recipe!
13th Oct, 2013
Very easy recipe and soup comes out really tasty. Tip : when I Serve it I always put few drops of truffle oil in each plate.
13th Oct, 2013
I'm really surprised at all the comments on this recipe because it wasn't that nice. I found it gloopy, grainy in texture, and sickly sweet.
11th Oct, 2013
Very simple, tasty and cheap. Yum!
11th Oct, 2013
Great recipe but I would not recommend using double cream as it is too greasy and ruins the dish...I used pumpkin instead of squash, added all spices ginger and nutmeg and a hint of coconut milk for the taste
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13th Sep, 2013
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.
11th Sep, 2013
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.
10th Mar, 2013
This soup is delicious!
27th Dec, 2012
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!


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