Spicy Pumpkin Soup

by Her Happy Balance on October 22, 2013

Is there anything better than a warm bowl of soup on a chilly Fall or Winter day? Throw in some blankets, a fire in the fireplace, and a Netflix movie marathon and I am set! I enjoyed this pumpkin soup as my dinner over the weekend and I literally licked the bowl clean. Don’t judge me.

And another thing, does anyone else prefer to pronounce pumpkin as punkin? I think it is pretty much the cutest thing ever and refuse to actually say it the correct way.

Spicy Pumpkin Soup

Spicy Pumpkin Soup:
Total Prep: 5 minutes Total cook: 20 minutes
Serves 8 (Or one hungry girl who likes lots and lots of leftovers)

  • 4 Tbsp. Salted butter
  • 2 Medium yellow onions, finely minced/chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 and 1 Half tsp. curry powder
  • 1/2 Tsp. ground coriander
  • A few dashes of cayenne pepper
  • 3 15oz. Cans of 100% pumpkin
  • 3 and 1 Half cups chicken (or veggie) broth
  • 1 and 1 Half cups water
  • 1 and 1 Half cups milk
  • 1/2 Cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tsp. kosher salt
  • Pepper to taste

    In a 4-quart saucepan, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic and cook until onions are softened and translucent. Add spices and stir for a minute more. Next, add pumpkin, chicken broth, and water – stir and blend well. Bring soup to a boil and reduce heat, simmer for 10 minutes. With the soup on low heat, add brown sugar and mix. Slowly add milk while stirring to incorporate. Add cream. Adjust seasonings to taste.

    This recipe is super easy, requires minimal effort (hallelujah!), and will have you wanting to eat your body weight in pumpkin. If it’s too spicy, just add a little extra milk or cream to cool it down a bit. I like my soup with some zip and I promise it’s not an overwhelming spicy flavor. I topped my soup with bacon bits and cheese, but you could leave those out if you’re looking to create a vegetarian meal. Add some white beans or lentils to punch up the protein factor. And for all my gluten-free friends, just use a gluten-free veggie/chicken stock and this recipe should meet all your dietary requirements.

    Spicy food – yea or nay?
    What’s your favorite pumpkin dish?

    *Recipe adapted from an Oprah magazine recipe*

  • Comments on this entry are closed.

    kathy @ vodka and soda October 22, 2013 at 8:09 am

    YES TO SPICY!!! but not too much spice. i like enough that’s flavorful but not so much that your mouth is on fire.

    i LOVE pumpkin pie and pumpkin muffins 🙂

    Vodka and Soda

    Rachel @ Undercover Diva: A Sitcom October 22, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Um, yum!

    Yes, spicy food! I don’t eat it as much as I’d like, but it’s delicious! I love pumpkin in my oatmeal. And obviously pumpkin pie!

    meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles October 22, 2013 at 8:46 am

    I won’t judge you because I am the queen of literally licking my bowls clean!

    Chelsea @ A Fit LittleOne October 22, 2013 at 8:51 am

    I had a “punkin” soup for the first time last winter, I was hooked!! I’m hoping it comes around this winter again too!!! Spicy all the way! My family is convinced that somewhere in our heritage, there is some spanish, because I can down jalapeno peppers like no other, that or maybe I was switched at birth ;).

    Becky @ Olives n Wine October 22, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Mmm… Punkin soup 😉 I also love saying it this way, hehe! And this soup looks perfect for the snow we’re supposed to get today – eek!

    Meghan @ fitnesscrEATures October 22, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Um yes to all of this and everything in this recipe. Should I ever take the time to sit down and legitimately cook anything at all, I will certainly be moving this to the top of my list of things to make. Pumpkin + spicy = literally amazing and heaven and amazing all rolled into one. I can’t think of anything better. I’m sure my roomie can agree. 🙂
    I love the spicy flavor so I will not be mellowing mine out when I make this… WHEN I make this. 🙂 I love you even more for posting this, this sounds amazing.
    <3<3<3<3 adorable. everything about you.
    My favorite pumpkin (punkin because yes i agree with that!) dish is punkin pie. 🙂 It combines two amazing things – sweets and punkin!

    Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl October 22, 2013 at 10:23 am

    I love the idea of putting pumpkin in soup, and I LOVE that this has a spicy kick to it. That is my kind of soup!

    Stephanie @ My Freckled Life October 22, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Yummmm – you combined two of my favorite things, pumpkin and spicy foods! I might have to test this one out this fall!

    Brittany October 22, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    I LOVE spicy!! I also lick my bowls..I never judge. I don’t usually care if others are around either..no shame in my game haha.

    Heather @Pinkaholic Fitness October 22, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    ohhh yum!!! : )

    Colleen @ CSmith Run October 22, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    My favorite pumpkin dish is pumpkin chocolate chip bread! — if that’s considered a dish?

    Alex @ therunwithin October 22, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    gosh that looks like the perfect fall soup.

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