Easy Pumpkin Soup

Whip up a batch of this easy pumpkin soup tonight! We love making this warm and flavorful pumpkin soup recipe all fall and winter long!

A white bowl filled with pumpkin soup next to a handful of pepitas on the counter.

I don’t know why it has taken me so long to try pumpkin soup. Now that I have, I need to make it at least 3 or 4 times through fall and winter. It has the best savory pumpkin flavor. The pumpkin spice and cayenne bring the right balance of flavors that isn’t overpowering. 

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We also love making pumpkin treats. We have shared recipes for Homemade Pumpkin Spice Creamer, instant pot pumpkin cheesecake, mini pumpkin cheesecake, whole wheat pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin sheet cake with cream cheese frosting, and chocolate pumpkin spice fudge.

A spoonful of easy pumpkin soup over a white bowl of soup and a blue dish towel.

How to make easy pumpkin soup

  1. Start by sauteing chopped onions in melted butter until soft.
  2. Add some garlic and cook until fragrant.
  3. Mix in your pumpkin, chicken or vegetable broth, and spices.
  4. Let simmer for 30 minutes – this really brings out the pumpkin flavor.
  5. Puree your soup until smooth.
  6. Mix in heavy cream and serve.
A bowl of easy pumpkin soup with a spoon sticking out of the bowl.

What can I add to pumpkin soup for flavor?

We love using pumpkin pie spice along with cayenne pepper. 

How do you thicken pumpkin soup?

If your pumpkin soup comes out too thin, here are two options.

  1. You can let the soup continue to simmer uncovered until it thickens.
  2. You can whisk a cornstarch slurry (1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons cold water) into simmering easy pumpkin soup to thicken.

You may also like Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings

Close up of easy pumpkin soup in a white bowl.

What should I serve with pumpkin soup?

We love serving creamy pumpkin soup topped with pepitas. You can also serve them with a hunk of crusty french bread or inside a homemade bread bowl.

A white bowl filled with pumpkin soup next to a handful of pepitas on the counter.
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Easy Pumpkin Soup

Whip up a batch of this easy pumpkin soup tonight! We love making this warm and flavorful pumpkin soup recipe all fall and winter long!

Course Main Dish Recipes
Cuisine American
Keyword creamy pumpkin soup, easy pumpkin soup, pumpkin soup, simple pumpkin soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Calories 250 kcal
Author Aileen Clark

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 15-ounce can pure pumpkin
  • 1/2 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Heat butter and oil in a large soup pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add onions and cook until very soft, about 5 minutes.
  3. Mix in garlic and cook an additional minute, until fragrant.
  4. Add broth, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, salt, cayenne pepper, and black pepper.
  5. Bring pumpkin soup to a boil and lower to a simmer.
  6. Simmer, covered, for 30 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  7. Remove from heat.
  8. Blend soup using an immersion blender or standing blender.
  9. Mix in heavy cream and serve.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Pumpkin Soup
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 250 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Polyunsaturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol 49mg16%
Sodium 480mg21%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 7g14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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