It’s almost that time of year when I start wearing a scarf inside (yes, I said it – inside), drinking more hot tea than water, and cozying up to soups in the evening. For such occasions, I have the perfect simple, fall-appropriate recipe for you:
8-ingredient Pumpkin Soup made completely from scratch! Your mama’s gonna be so proud.
It all starts with sugar pumpkins. These little guys are perfect for roasting and turning into DIY pumpkin puree. Yep! You can do it yourself and it’s so easy; no store-bought puree necessary!
Roasting the pumpkin is the only part of this recipe that takes any length of time. And once it’s done, this soup comes together fast! Plus, it requires just 7 ingredients you probably have on hand:
Salt, black pepper, cinnamon + nutmeg
The kale-sesame topping it also easy, requiring just 5 ingredients. It adds a nutritious, colorful touch to this soup along with a little extra staying power. Your friends will be so impressed.
You guys are going to love this soup. It’s
It’s also customizable! If you don’t have the ingredients for a kale-sesame topping, sub garlic croutons or vegan parmesan. This soup makes a delicious light lunch or dinner, and would be perfect served alongside hummus and toast or a hearty salad.
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Simple Pumpkin Soup
- 2 sugar pumpkins (2 pumpkins yield ~2 1/4 cups (450 g) pumpkin puree)
- 1 Tbsp olive oil (or sub water if oil-free)
- 2 medium shallots (diced // 2 shallots yield ~1/4 cup or 40 g)
- 3 cloves garlic (minced // 3 cloves yield ~1 1/2 Tbsp or 9 g)
- 2 cups vegetable broth (DIY or store-bought)
- 1 cup canned light coconut milk (or sub other non-dairy milk with varied results)
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup or agave nectar (or honey if not vegan)
- 1/4 tsp each sea salt, black pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg
GARLIC KALE SESAME TOPPING (optional)
- 1 cup roughly chopped kale
- 1 large clove garlic (minced)
- 2 Tbsp raw sesame seeds
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 pinch salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Using a sharp knife, cut off the tops of the sugar pumpkins and then halve them. Use a sharp spoon to scrape out all of the seeds and strings (see notes for a link to roasting seeds).
- Brush the flesh with oil and place face down on the baking sheet. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a fork easily pierces the skin. Remove from the oven, let cool for 10 minutes, then peel away skin and set pumpkin aside.
- To a large saucepan over medium heat add olive oil, shallot and garlic. Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until slightly browned and translucent. Turn down heat if cooking too quickly.
- Add remaining ingredients, including the pumpkin, and bring to a simmer.
- Transfer soup mixture to a blender or use an immersion blender to puree the soup. If using a blender, place a towel over the top of the lid before mixing to avoid any accidents. Pour mixture back into pot.
- Continue cooking over medium-low heat for 5-10 minutes and taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Serve as is or with Kale-Sesame topping.
- For the Kale-Sesame topping: In a small skillet over medium heat, dry toast sesame seeds for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently until slightly golden brown. Be careful as they can burn quickly. Remove from pan and set aside.
- To the still hot pan, add olive oil and garlic and sauté until golden brown – about 2 minutes. Add kale and toss, then add a pinch of salt and cover to steam. Cook for another few minutes until kale is wilted and then add sesame seeds back in. Toss to coat and set aside for topping soup.
- Recipe serves 3-4 (as originally written). Leftovers keep in the fridge for up to a few days and in the freezer for up to a month or more.
*Pumpkin roasting instructions from Oh She Glows.
*If you’re feeling ambitious, here’s how to roast your pumpkin seeds.
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