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The Best Creamy Pumpkin Soup Recipe

Looking for a cozy dish that’s perfect for autumn? Wait until you try this creamy pumpkin soup recipe that is super easy to make and tastes so good!

Since I’ve been on a soup kick lately and am into all things pumpkin, I decided to whip up a batch of my favorite creamy pumpkin soup recipe.

It’s flavorful, simple to prepare, and is perfect for a cozy meal, dinner party, or brunch.

Because when the dip in the fall, I am all about soup season.

From comfort soups like chicken soup homemade and creamy balsamic tomato soup to heartier dishes like easy corn chowder and pasta fagioli, soups are a great way to wrap up the day!

And this creamy pumpkin soup recipe is another great one to add to the rotation.

Here’s how to make it.

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What Kind of Pumpkin Is Good For Soup?

If you wanted to use the fresh flesh from a pumpkin to make a soup, some varieties are sweeter than others.

The best flesh comes from the cinderella pumpkins you see all over social media because it’s the sweetest of the bunch.

But there are others that work just as well.

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Simply put, the best pumpkin soups are made with harder pumpkins like butternut and Queensland blue.

Try to avoid using soft fleshed pumpkins because they can water down the soup and impact the flavor.

When I use fresh pumpkin, I hollow them outdoors where possible to cut down on kitchen clean-up.

Removing the pumpkin flesh to make pumpkin soup for my thanksgiving aesthetic

What Are the Benefits of Pumpkin Soup?

Oh there are lots of great benefits to enjoying a cozy bowl of pumpkin soup.

While it’s a flavor for the season, it also packs a lot of health benefits such as:

  • It’s a low calorie dish.
  • Pumpkin soup is fiber rich.
  • With lots of vitamin C and beta-carotene, pumpkin soup boosts the immunity.
  • It also has a lot of Vitamin A which improves your skin.
  • Pumpkin soup is also high in potassium which aids in muscle recovery after a good workout.

And if that isn’t enough, pumpkin soup is pretty filling too. So you are less apt to snack after.

chopping onions and slicing carrots to make creamy pumpkin soup

How to Make the Best Creamy Pumpkin Soup Recipe

Have you made pumpkin soup before?

There are a few ways to do it, but since I love easy recipes that you can throw together quickly, my recipe uses canned pumpkin puree instead of fresh flesh from a pumpkin.

Note: Be sure to use puree and not pumpkin pie filling because that’s not the same thing.

While you can make this recipe using fresh pumpkin, it’s a little more laborious which is why I stick with the canned puree.

But the best part?

This recipe can be made ahead of time so you can easily make it for a weeknight dinner or prepare it the night before Thanksgiving dinner.

And speaking of serving it for Thanksgiving, I am snagging this cast iron pumpkin cocotte to serve this soup in.

Ingredients Needed to Make This Recipe for Creamy Pumpkin Soup

I love recipes that have minimal ingredients that you can keep on hand to make a quick flavorful dish in a pinch.

And this recipe for creamy pumpkin soup is no exception!

Here’s what you need to make it!

  • Pumpkin Puree
  • Onion
  • Carrot
  • Bacon
  • Half and Half
  • Chicken Broth
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Sour Cream

My recipe for pumpkin soup is made with bacon.

If you prefer a vegetarian option, you can subtract that out and use vegetable broth instead of chicken.

Instead of cooking the onion and carrots in the bacon juice, add 2 tablespoons of salted butter instead.

Directions to Make the Best Creamy Pumpkin Soup Recipe

The one thing I love about soups is you start with one easy vegetable base and then tweak it for the actual recipe.

To make this creamy pumpkin soup recipe:

  • Cook the bacon and remove from pan. Then set aside and allow to drain.
  • In bacon drippings, add onion and carrot.
  • Cook down for about four minutes.
  • Stir in the chicken broth, half and half, pumpkin, salt and pepper.
  • Simmer and refrigerate if not using right away.
mIxing the ingredients together to make creamy pumpkin soup recipe

And if you are preparing this soup ahead for Thanksgiving Day, prep it then night before and then:

  • Heat soup on low until ready to serve.
  • Dollop with sour cream.
  • Sprinkle with bacon bits.

Serves 6 people.

close up of pumpkin soup in blue Hearth and Hand Bowl with toppings of bacon, sour cream, and chopped parsley
The Best Creamy Pumpkin Soup Recipe
close up of pumpkin soup in blue Hearth and Hand Bowl with toppings of bacon, sour cream, and chopped parsley

The Best Creamy Pumpkin Soup Recipe

Looking for a cozy dish that's perfect for an autumn gathering? Wait until you try this creamy pumpkin soup recipe that is super easy to make and tastes so good!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 116 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • In a dutch oven or stock pot, cook the bacon and remove. Set aside.
    Cooking bacon in dutch oven to make creamy pumpkin soup recipe
  • In bacon drippings, add onion and carrot.
    cooking onions and carrots in bacon drippings to make best recipe for creamy pumpkin soup
  • Cook the onion and carrot down until the onion is translucent and soft.
  • Sitr in chicken broth, half and half, pumpkin, salt and pepper.
    mIxing the ingredients together to make creamy pumpkin soup recipe
  • Simmer and serve immediately or refrigerate.
    close up of creamy pumpkin soup recipe in Hearth and Hand blue stoneware bowl with toppings of chopped bacon, sour cream and parsley
  • When serving, top with a dollop of sour cream and bacon bits.

Notes

* If you want to make this dish vegetarian, omit the bacon and swap out chicken stock for vegetable stock. Cook the onion and carrot in 2 tablespoons of salted butter.
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Nutrition

Calories: 116kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 4gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 355mgPotassium: 229mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 1823IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 89mgIron: 0.1mg
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14 Comments

  1. Stacy, I cannot wait to try all your soup recipes. I am currently up at our cabin and the leaves are changing and it’s much cooler than Phoenix. So perfect for soups! This summer I had a weird crop of butternut squash (didn’t plant it and it typically grows over the winter), so I may make this soup with that. Thanks for sharing. Love it all..

  2. I had no idea people cook with pumpkins other than the regular old orange ones! How fun is that?! We are a soup family and I love trying new flavors. I bet I’m a hit when I make this one. Thanks for letting me join y’all this month. Happy Fall!

  3. I’ve never had pumpkin soup before, but this looks so good Stacy! I pinned it to my soup and stew board on Pinterest and can’t wait to try it!