Pumpkin Soup with Chili Cran-Apple Relish recipe from Food Network

Pumpkin Soup Recipes

October 1, 2019  |  Chiles Peach Orchard

Category: Food & Recipes  |  Tags: pumpkins, recipes

Sweet and hearty, pumpkin soup is a flavorful start to a harvest meal or a full meal all on its own. Mix it up in the kitchen with these different takes on pumpkin soup.

Fresh Versus Canned Pumpkin Puree

First, decide whether to use canned or fresh pumpkin puree for your soup. We’re big believers in “fresh is best”, especially if you pick-your-own pumpkins in the pumpkin patch. If you’re in a hurry or preparing pumpkin dishes during an offseason, canned pumpkin is an easy alternative.

Homemade pumpkin puree has a brighter flavor than the canned stuff. Bonus: there’s no risk of that metallic taste from being stored in a can. Making your own pumpkin puree from scratch also allows you to control the flavors and use your preferred pumpkin variety (we love sugar pie pumpkins). Try the Chiles family pumpkin puree recipe.

Homemade pumpkin puree

For more information on pumpkin puree, including color, taste, and texture comparisons for fresh and canned, read this Fresh Versus Canned Pumpkins article from Handle the Heat.

Pumpkin Soup Recipes

Whether you like it sweet or spicy, vegan or brimming with meat, there’s a pumpkin soup recipe that’s perfect for you.

Class pumpkin soup recipe from delish

The Classic

Creamy Pumpkin Soup, photo and recipe from Delish

Smooth and endlessly versatile, this recipe can be made using different types of pumpkin or squash and made vegan or vegetarian depending on your diet.

Curried Pumpkin Soup recipe from epicurious


Curried Pumpkin Soup, photo and recipe from Epicurious

Fresh curry leaves and peeled fresh ginger, along with cumin, coriander, and cardamom, add a spicy, unique flavor.

Pumpkin Beer-Cheese Soup Recipe from Southern Living


Pumpkin Beer-Cheese Soup, photo and recipe from Southern Living

The addition of cheeses adds tanginess to this velvety, rich soup. Who could resist dipping in a pretzel for a game day snack?

Thai Pumpkin Soup recipe from Food and Wine


Thai Pumpkin Soup, photo and recipe from Food and Wine

Lemongrass, lime juice, Fresno chile, and fresh cilantro add bright, herbaceous notes to this Thai-inspired soup whose spice level can easily be adjusted.

Creamy Roasted Pumpkin by Simply Quinoa


Creamy Chili Roasted Pumpkin Soup, photo and recipe from Simply Quinoa

This blended soup made using roasted pumpkin, carrots, and onion is naturally gluten-free and vegan.

Pumpkin chili recipe from Apartment Therapy


Pumpkin Chili, photo and recipe from The Kitchn

Turnips, bell peppers, corn, and beans join powers with pumpkins in this hearty vegetarian chili.

Haitian Beef and Pumpkin Soup recipe from epicurious


Haitian Beef and Pumpkin Soup, photo and recipe from Epicurious

Also known as Soup Joumou, this aromatic stew is traditionally eaten by Haitians on January 1 to celebrate Haiti’s independence.

Soup Toppers

Don’t forget a festive and flavorful final touch!

Finish pumpkin soups with a cool, creamy swirl of crème fraîche, sour cream, coconut milk, or even chipotle cream. The contrast of the white swirl against the soup’s deep orange color is beautiful as well as delicious.

For added texture, try crunchy toppings. Roasted pumpkin seeds, also called pepitas, are a natural tie-in. Maple bacon bits add a meaty, salty component: plus, who doesn’t love bacon? We also love the idea of this chili cran-apple relish or parmesan croutons.

Garnish with ingredients from the recipe to help show people what’s in the soup. Blend roasted apples, carrots, leeks, or mushrooms into the soup for added depth of flavor and then top the mixture with finely cut slivers of whichever vegetable you used. If you added herbs to the soup—rosemary, chives, and sage pair particularly well with pumpkin—chop and sprinkle some on top.

Pick your own pumpkin patch at Chiles Peach Orchard

Can’t get enough pumpkins? Learn more about pumpkins and pumpkin picking at Chiles on our Pumpkins FAQs.