Spicy Pumpkin Soup


Soup weather is the best weather. Fareal.

Last week we had a very brutal and random heatwave where it decided to be 90˙F(!!!). I had a literal and figurative meltdown that day. It was bad. But now the cold weather is here and I’m back to being stoked on life.

It makes me super grateful that we live in a world where hot weather takes a break–and allows us to stop sweating–and cold air enters. And I’m glad sweaters exists, and dogs with wrinkly faces exist, and, AND soup exists! Rad.

I love punk’n. Are you all punk’n-ed out? Hope not. It’s only October, guys. We’ve got a solid more month of this stuff.

This soup is casual spin on a soup I made last year. Casual!

This spicy and more pumpkiney rendition is just begging to made alongside a roast chicken.

Seriously. Roasting a chicken and making a soup are my two favorite little things to make. They’re classics.

This soup gets its spiciness from a few places. Not just one. There’s a little bit of a few things like curry powder, red pepper flakes and a dash of cayenne pepper. None of them are overwhelming. You’ll taste just a hint of each.

If you’re sensitive to spice, I say start with half of each. Taste. And then add more if you like.

The brown sugar adds a nice touch of sweetness that you’ll barely notice. It’s good. And the heavy cream isn’t overwhelming. I personally have issues with super creamy soups. I’m not a fan of drinking a bowl of milk for dinner.

The toasted pumpkin seeds add a nice little crunch to the whole soup. I love them.

Serve this with a roast chicken (or not). But definitely serve this with some buttery good bread on a coldish night. It’ll be a memorable one.

Spicy Pumpkin Soup

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2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon good olive oil
1 cup diced yellow onion (1 small onion)
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 (15-ounce) cans pure pumpkin purée
2 3/4 cups chicken stock
2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon madras curry powder
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/8 cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon light or dark brown sugar
1/4 cup heavy cream

1/4 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
1 teaspoon olive oil
Heavy cream

1. Heat the butter and oil in a heavy-bottomed stockpot, add the onions, and cook over medium-low heat for 10 minutes, or until onions are translucent. Add minced garlic to the top of the onions and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.

2. Add the pumpkin purée, chicken stock, 1 teaspoon of the salt, and pepper. Cover and simmer over medium-low heat for about 15 minutes. The soup will be mostly smooth (minus the bits of onions). You can leave it as is, if you like, and skip the blender step, though I prefer a smoother soup. Process the mixture, in batches, using a blender. Be sure to let the hot air escape so you don’t have an explosions on your hands. Return the mixture to the pot and add the spices: curry powder, crushed red pepper, cayenne pepper, brown sugar, and heavy cream. Cook for an additional 5-10 minutes. Salt to taste. The soup might need the remaining teaspoon of salt, or it might not, depending on the chicken stock you’ve used.

3. Meanwhile, pre-heat the oven to 350F. Spread the pumpkin seeds on a baking sheet. Toss with the olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Transfer to the oven to toast for 5-7 minutes, or until lightly golden brown.

4. Serve soup hot with the toasted pumpkin seeds in the center and a drizzle of heavy cream on top. Fall is awesome.

Recipe adapted from Acorn Squash Soup

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    Reply Margherita October 22, 2012 at 12:34 am

    Pumpkin soup is just the best for a cold fall evening. I like the touch of curry in your recipe, gonna have to try this soon!

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    Reply Liane October 22, 2012 at 12:39 am

    Hi!!! I’ve been reading your site since I was 14 (for a year now) and this is the first time I’ll actually comment on your posts! This soup looks so good! Too bad I can’t make them because it’s spring and so hot in my place so it’s going to be weird to eat soup on a hot spring night. 🙁 But ugh, I love soup. Especially pumpkin soups! I shall try and make this when autumn comes!

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna October 22, 2012 at 10:17 am

      Hi Liane! Thanks so much for saying hey!

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    Reply Abby@ Totes Delish October 22, 2012 at 5:46 am

    I have gone on a soup making binge since it’s gotten colder out! But now it’s hot here too, but I’m with you, I’ll still eat soup!

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    Reply Katy October 22, 2012 at 7:10 am

    We must be on the same page — I made pumpkin soup last night, too! I went with light coconut milk instead of cream, and thai red curry and lime. So, so, so good. Yours looks beautiful too!

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna October 22, 2012 at 10:16 am

      Ahhh that sounds good!

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    Reply Iris October 22, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Perfect! I was looking for more savory pumpkin recipes to make. But I’m an overachiever and am going to attempt this with an actual pumpkin 🙂

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna October 22, 2012 at 10:15 am

      DO IT! You’ll need about 4 cups of cubed pumpkin.

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    Reply Loretta E October 22, 2012 at 9:39 am

    I adore the idea of using spices with pumpkin! Especially if it’s enough to clear the sinuses a little.

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna October 22, 2012 at 10:15 am

      This soup definitely has a kick, but won’t clear your sinuses. I didn’t make it THAT spicy, though I loooove when soups do that. Feel free to add more of each, if you like.

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    Reply Lauren Bux October 22, 2012 at 10:43 am

    AWESOME! I have literally been wandering around my office today dreaming of pumpkin soup for dinner! THANK YOU!

    This stems from our weekend of pumpkin – we went to the famous Circleville Pumpkin Show in Ohio this weekend and had pumpkin chicken sandwiches, pumpkin sloppy joes, pumpkin french waffles, pumpkin fudge, pumpkin mochas, pumpkin donuts, pumpkin PIZZA, pumpkin soda, pumpkin cookies…and here I am still wanting pumpkin!

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    Reply Katie @ Blonde Ambition October 22, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Yeah…. it was 89 here last week and pouring rain today! Definitely time for soup!!

    I’m more of a fan of savory pumpkin dishes than sweet ones, and the addition of spices sounds amazingg. I only have one cup of homemade pumpkin puree left, but I also just bought a butternut squash, so I may try using that instead!

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    Reply Eileen October 22, 2012 at 11:18 am

    I a definitely not pumpkined out–I haven’t had any yet this season! But then, it only just got cool here in CA, so I have time. 🙂 This soup looks delicious!

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    Reply Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes October 22, 2012 at 11:30 am

    I bet this is amazing! I don’t think there’ ssuch a thing as pumpkined-out in my world 🙂

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    Reply Emily@ Totes Delishy October 22, 2012 at 11:41 am

    It is not fall to me, no matter what the weather, until I start making soups, braises and things with pumpkin.

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    Reply Jackie October 22, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Yum! Soup is perfect for this cooler weather we have been having. I like this spin on the usually sweet pumpkin soup 🙂

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    Reply thecitygourmand October 22, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Something to whip up from Halloween leftovers? 🙂

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    Reply Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar October 22, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    This soup is beautiful! Lovely recipe!

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    Reply Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking October 22, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Your soup pictures always look so cozy and beautiful. I just wanna dive right in!

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    Reply Yelle October 22, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Curry powder and crushed red pepper? Sounds like a delicious combo in pumpkin!

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    Reply Suzanne Perazzini October 22, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    It’s still mighty cold down here in New Zealand too and soup season is not over. I love a spicy pumpkin soup but, like you, not too creamy.

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    Reply Julie @ Table for Two October 22, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    this looks absolutely comforting and i love that it has a spicy kick to it to keep you warm in the winter 🙂

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    Reply Christina @ The Beautiful Balance October 22, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    This looks incredible!

    Easy for you to say. Here in Scottsdale, AZ we never get a break from the heat. It is a constant heatwave 🙁

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    Reply Emily October 23, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    This looks soooo good! Can you suggest a menu that would include this soup — nice enough for guests. You said to serve with a roast chicken, but how would you actually do that as a dinner for guests? Soup first? Then chix, and what else? Thanks!! Love your blog.

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    Reply Beverly {Flamingo Toes} October 24, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    We had this tonight and just loved it!! I can’t eat seeds so we topped it with a little bit of diced ham – it was super yummy! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna October 24, 2012 at 11:50 pm

      YAY! So glad you liked it.

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    Reply Carolyn October 25, 2012 at 10:09 am

    I am eating this as I’m typing – it’s the perfect take-to-work-and-have-lunch-for-4-days kind of meal! I went heavy on the spices and I’m definitely not regretting it – the kick is delicious!

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna October 25, 2012 at 11:24 am

      You’re VERY right! I ate this soup for two days straight.

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    Reply Autumn October 27, 2012 at 10:25 am

    I’ve been looking for the perfect pumpkin-y soup! This one looks balanced with all things delish and perfectly warming 🙂 lovely, lovely.

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    Reply Fung Lee November 3, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Are you using American measuring cups and spoons?

    • Adrianna
      Reply Adrianna November 3, 2012 at 9:42 pm

      Yes I am.

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    Awesome Recipe 🙂
    I love soup… Here is another one you might like.

    Thanks for sharing,

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    Reply plasterer bristol February 13, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    Mmm this sounds delicous. Thanks for sharing.