A comforting easy pumpkin soup recipe made with simple pantry staple ingredients. This pumpkin soup is a cinch to make and so, so, delicious!
Ingredints In Pumpkin Soup
This pumpkin soup is super creamy thanks to the pumpkin puree and a generous splash of cream. It’s flavorful too — I like to add garlic, fresh thyme, and a pinch of cayenne pepper for a little heat.
To make this soup extra convenient, you can use canned pumpkin puree and ready-made stock. I tend to have those ingredients in my pantry. But if you have fresh pumpkin puree and homemade chicken stock — well, then that’s even better.
To garnish the soup, I like to add a swirl of sour cream or Greek yogurt, a sprinkle of fresh parsley, and a handful of pepitas. If you haven’t heard of pepitas before, they’re just pumpkin seeds without a hull. You can buy them already roasted and salted in most major grocery stores. Pepitas are a delicious snack or a crunchy topping for all kinds of recipes.
Using Fresh Pumpkin In Pumpkin Soup
You can even make this soup with homemade pumpkin puree.
To make freshly roasted pumpkin puree, first, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Cut a sugar pumpkin in half and clean the inside cavity of seeds and strings. Brush the cut sides with oil, and bake cut-side-down on a baking sheet for 45-50 minutes or until a fork easily pierces the skin.
Then, remove the pumpkin from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes. Peel away the skin, and mash the pumpkin flesh. For an even smoother puree, you can blend the cooked pumpkin in a food processor.
Reheating and Freezing
One of the best things about this recipe is that the leftovers taste even better the next day. Soups tend to taste even better once the flavors have had time to mingle. So, you can certainly make it a day ahead of time, store it in the refrigerator and reheat it when needed.
Remember, because there is heavy cream in the soup, a gentle reheat over low heat is best.
Likewise, it is generally not recommended to freeze soups with cream. Creamed soups sometimes separate when you defrost and reheat them. So, what you can do is cook the soup without added the heavy cream if you know you are going to be freezing it. Then, you can simply add the cream after you’ve defrosted it.
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 15 oz pumpkin puree
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp fresh thyme
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 2 tbsp chopped parsley
- 2 tbsp roasted, salted, pepitas
- Add the pumpkin puree, chicken broth, salt, pepper, garlic, and thyme to a medium saucepan. Stir to combine.
- Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes, to give the flavors time to meld.
- Remove from the heat, and add the heavy cream.
- If desired, garnish with sour cream, parsley, and pepitas.
- Enjoy & thanks for sharing! 😀
Source & Picture: Morva for Flickr