Spicy Pumpkin Soup

Spicy Pumpkin Soup

With the diving temperatures and snow on the ground, soups are the ultimate comfort food. I’ve been making a lot of soups lately. They are mostly clear soups to go with our daily rice meals. For cold days, I actually yearn for thick, creamy soups accompanied with crusty bread for a light and satisfying lunch.

This quick and simple Spicy Pumpkin Soup was perfect after the snow clearing. I added pepper flakes, ground ginger and cinnamon to spice it up a little. It was warm and comforting after that “workout” in the snow. For snow pictures, please click here.

Spicy Pumpkin Soup

It is always best to use fresh pumpkin puree for soups. However, for a quick version I did use the remaining canned pumpkin puree I have left in the refrigerator. Please use whichever you are most comfortable with.

I used a cornstarch mixture to thicken the soup to make it gluten-free. You can make a regular flour roux if you prefer, by adding 3 tablespoons of all-purpose flour to the fry pan.

Spicy Pumpkin Soup
 
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Serves: 4 to 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 5 cups (1.2 liters) chicken stock
  • 2 cups (500g)pumpkin puree
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ to ¾ tsp red pepper flakes, depending on heat level desired
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup (120ml) half-and-half
  • 1½ tbsp corn starch, mixed with ¼ cup water
  • Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Bring chicken stock to a boil. Add pumpkin puree and allow it to simmer on low.
  2. In a small fry pan, melt butter. Add onion and garlic and cook until just soften, about one to two minutes. Stir in red pepper flakes, ground ginger, and ground cinnamon. Transfer to simmering soup.
  3. Season with salt. Pour in half-and-half and corn starch mixture. Increase heat to medium. Bring soup back up to a boil. Soup will start to thicken with the cornstarch mixture. Turn off heat.
  4. Serve warm with gluten-free crackers.


These gluten-free crackers are good to have in the pantry for those of you on a gluten-free diet. They are not inexpensive but they are a quick and convenient option. They do come in a few different flavors.

Spicy Pumpkin Soup

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Comments

  1. says

    Hi Biren! This soup looks wonnnderfulll. I would probably take the lazy route and use canned pumpkin. It’s funny, every autumn I get all excited because pumpkins are in season, and then I reach for a can. Does that even make sense to yo? But I totally believe you – as good as a dish with canned pumpkin is, I’m sure that a dish with real pumpkin is a million times better. Ah, maybe someday I will get off of my lazy butt and make something with real pumpkin.

    • Biren says

      Fresh is always best but I think there is nothing wrong in using canned pumpkin. It is easy and convenient and not everyone has the time to prepare everything from scratch. For pies, I actually prefer canned pumpkin as it is smoother :)

  2. says

    I saw snow pictures on your Facebook. WOW. It’s winter already. It’s cold in Seattle and there’s a rumor that it might snow this weekend. Soup is definitely a “go” for this season. Well, actually I can have it anytime of year but pumpkin soup is def’ on!

    Your photos are beautiful Biren!

    • Biren says

      Some of the snow melted but most of it is still there. It is going to be really cold next week and I think more snow is on the way. Soon the lakes will freeze…..

      Soups are just the way to go. It’s nice to have a warm bowl of soup after a long, cold day.

  3. says

    I do need this type of souo for this cold, windy weather. I had just bough a butternut squash the other day. I can turn it into a soup like this too….yum. I’m sure it will bring me lots of smiles 😀

  4. says

    I’ve been cooking a lot of soup too lately, though it’s no where as cold here as it is on your side. I have always loved soup and this one is simple but so flavourful and well, you already know how pumpkin crazy I am LOL

    Your individual soup tureens are just adorable!!! I look forward to your table settings as much as I do your recipes 😉

    • Biren says

      Remember the old wives’ tales about drinking too much soup and being rained upon on your wedding day…LOL! I guess in the tropics, that is a high possibility as it rains almost every evening. Soups are good in any weather. I remember growing up on rice in soup. In the cold weather soups are really comforting. Nothing like a bowl of soup to warm up the body.

  5. says

    Hi Biren,

    After reading your snow post, we got hit with a lot of snow here too. The sky is bright pink now at almost midnight. You know there’s going to be a lot of snow on the ground tomorrow. The scary question is, how much? This soup is perfect for this type of snowy weather. I love the mixture of red pepper flakes, Ginger and cinnamon to spice the soup up. Such wonderful flavor combinations. Such a cute little bowl too.

    • Biren says

      A bright pink sky means more snow is on the way. You can go sledding with your kids tomorrow. Be sure to make some soup before going outside so that you have something warm to look forward to when you get inside :)

  6. says

    Spicy?? Interesting….. would love to try this! My family loves spicy food & will kiv this recipe :)

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    • Biren says

      Hi Claudia! Thanks for visiting and commenting. The snow from that first snow storm is not going anywhere with these cold temperatures. I hope you are staying warm :)

  7. says

    I’m sure anyone would love this soup after shoveling snow, it looks so warm and comforting, especially with the chili flakes and ginger. Thanks for sharing :)

  8. says

    What a wonderful looking soup. It is perfect for the cold and wet weather we are having here in Oregon. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

  9. says

    Biren, I believe great food minds think alike!! I just posted my Pumpkin Pie Soup to Katherine’s Friday Shout Out Pumpkin Blog Hop and then looked at the gallery and there was your Spicy Pumpkin Soup Reciepe! So funny! We are on the same pumpkin wave length for sure♥

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