Pumpkin Bisque with Smoked Gouda Recipe
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Pumpkin Bisque with Smoked Gouda Recipe

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I love the smell of this rich, cheesy soup as it bubbles on the stove. The Gouda cheese adds a delightful smokiness that just says autumn to me.—Kerry Dingwall, Ponte Vedra, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES:9 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES: 9 servings


  • 4 bacon strips, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can (29 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup shredded Gouda cheese
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • Additional shredded Gouda cheese, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 214 calories, 17g fat (9g saturated fat), 58mg cholesterol, 970mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 4g fiber), 7g protein .


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels with a slotted spoon; drain, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings. Saute onion in drippings until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  2. Stir in the broth, pumpkin, salt, nutmeg and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Cool slightly.
  3. In a blender, process soup in batches until smooth. Return all to pan. Stir in cream; heat through. Add cheese; stir until melted. Sprinkle each serving with parsley, bacon and, if desired, additional cheese. Yield: 9 servings (2-1/4 quarts).
Originally published as Pumpkin Bisque with Smoked Gouda in Taste of Home November 2011, p89

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sarahbarkworth 212229
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2014

"Next time I'm using half the cream and more cheese. Also, I'll try adding extra garlic!!"

sugarcrystal 109321
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2014

"I thought this was really good, but I did omit the bacon and substituted olive oil for the bacon grease. The subtle smokiness of smoked Gouda really complemented the pumpkin flavor."

sduly 194159
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2014

"This has been past of our Thanksgiving tradition for 3 years now. The family loves it!"

cafritz 116035
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2013

"I too added a little something as there was not quite enough flavor. 1/4 tsp pumpkin spice. It was great."

Beckythebarber 177200
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2013

"I wish I'd had the smoked gouda. That's the only reason I gave this 4 stars. I had gorgonzola and liquid smoke. It's just not the same but still rich and creamy!"

Ruth W. 124140
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2012

"Delicious! I was looking for a "snooty soup" to bring to a party. It was a huge hit. Several asked for the recipe. I followed it pretty closely."

roxiesarah 116034
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2012

"It had too much of a pumpkin flavor for me. I added more chicken broth and liked it better."

Beezer329 124139
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2012

"I didn't have bacon, so I substituted sage flavored sausage instead. This was excellent!"

gardgen 114598
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2011

"Made this for Thanksgiving. Used Grocery store Smoked processed Gouda the only available where we were in Maine. Made again using a local Boston cheese shop Gouda. Invest in good smoked Gouda, well worth it. Served with apples as garnish."

stephryon 190516
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2011

"amazing! I used 2 15 oz. cans of pumpkin puree because i didn't have hard-packed pumpkin. I also threw in an extra cup of gouda :) YUM!"

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