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 Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged 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 User ID: 8078998 212229
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2014

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

sugarcrystal User ID: 5836839 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 User ID: 6845508 194159
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2014

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

cafritz User ID: 1148899 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 User ID: 6988440 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. User ID: 7011536 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 User ID: 5985862 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 User ID: 2813727 124139
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2012

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

gardgen User ID: 6370452 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 User ID: 5791728 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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