How to make pumpkin soup

I’ve just spent a wintery weekend at the beach with friends.  The sun came out occasionally but it was mostly raining and we spent our time inside fighting for prime position by the fire with mugs of hot tea reading the papers from cover to cover.  For dinner I made a big pot of pumpkin soup.  It warmed us up from the inside out.  Velvety smooth but hearty and comforting.  It’s the sort of soup which wards off man flu and gives you an instant vegetable boost.  All that’s needed is some buttered toast and you’ve got a whole meal in a bowl.

Pumpkin soup ready to be slurped up

2 tbsps olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
1kg peeled pumpkin, diced
1 tsp nutmeg
1.5 litres chicken or vegetable stock
125ml thin cream
Salt and pepper to season.

The pumpkin and stock mixture ready to be blended

1.  Heat oil in a large saucepan over low heat, add onion and cook for 2-3 minutes, until golden. Add garlic and nutmeg and cook for one minute.

2.  Add the pumpkin and stock and bring to the boil. Turn heat to low, cover and simmer for 30 minutes until the pumpkin is very soft.

3.  Allow to cool slightly, then blend in batches.

4.  Return soup to pan, stir through cream and reheat gently. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

After the rain… a rainbow at the beach

Serves six.


  1. I love pumpkin soup! I think I’m coming down with a cold though, so maybe this will help my system fight back!

  2. Sounds ideal for the English summer, too!

  3. This looks just perfect for winter 🙂

  4. oh how I love a big bowl of pumpkin soup! Haven’t had nearly enough of it this Winter. This looks great!

  5. I have a very similar pumpkin soup recipe and it’s definitely my go to comfort soup 😀

  6. You know you’re not in the UK when you spend a “wintery weekend” at the beach… 😉 x

  7. Sophie – Perfect to fight colds I think

    Mr Noodles – I hear that is the case. Oh dear. Fingers crossed for an Olympic improvement.

    Kari – It was great

    Shellie – It’s a favourite of mine as well

    Alice – It was delicious

    Daisy – Good to hear

    Blonde – I hear things are pretty wintery there at the moment even for summer…

  8. Thanks for posting this. Wish I had a bowl of this soup.

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