Fresh Pumpkin Soup Recipe
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Fresh Pumpkin Soup Recipe

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This appealing soup harvests the fall flavors of just-picked pumpkins and tart apples...and is sure to warm you up on a crisp autumn day. Jane Shapton of Portland, Oregon tops the creamy puree with a sprinkling of toasted pumpkin seeds
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 50 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES:9 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 50 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES: 9 servings


  • 8 cups chopped fresh pumpkin (about 3 pounds)
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 3 small tart apples, peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh gingerroot
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh pumpkin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 102 calories, 2g fat (0.550g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 567mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 3g fiber), 3g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1 starch, 1/2 frui


  1. In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the first eight ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until pumpkin and apples are tender.
  2. Meanwhile, toss pumpkin seeds with oil and salt. Spread onto an ungreased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 250° for 45-50 minutes or until golden brown. Set aside.
  3. Cool soup slightly; process in batches in a blender. Transfer to a large saucepan; heat through. Garnish with toasted pumpkin seeds. Yield: 9 servings (about 2 quarts).
Originally published as Fresh Pumpkin Soup in Light & Tasty October/November 2001, p13

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Reviewed Nov. 18, 2014

"I hate giving a bad review, but I have to agree with others that this soup had the strangest taste. I had enough for two meals so for the first I tried to add some sweetener and cinnamon. It really didn't help much. The next time I tried adding salt and chicken bouillon cubes. We didn't even eat that one. I had to throw it out and I never throw food away. I'm disappointed because I have tasted really good pumpkin soup, but everything I try at home seems to have no taste or a weird taste."

Reviewed Sep. 24, 2013

"when I was growing up, my mom made pumpkin soup every fall. she did not add apples, but did make homemade potato dumplings to add to the finished soup. This is very fall"

Reviewed Oct. 21, 2012

"Was different, I added a little fresh nutmeg on top, which I felt added to it"

Reviewed Nov. 14, 2011

"My daughter and I love all sorts of soups and always the freshest ingredients, so we were looking forward to eating this. However, we did not like the flavor at all and will not be making it again. We threw it all out."

Reviewed Feb. 9, 2011

"My mom and I made this, it really was disgusting, we threw the whole thing away, and we eat about anything, I'd never make this again"

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