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Fresh Pumpkin Soup

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. I top the creamy puree with a sprinkling of toasted pumpkin seeds. —Jane Shapton, Irvine, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 50 min. Cook: 8 hours
  • Makes
    9 servings (about 2 quarts)


  • 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


  • 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.
  • Meanwhile, toss pumpkin seeds with oil and salt. Spread onto an ungreased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 250° for 45-50 minutes or until golden brown. Set aside.
  • Cool soup slightly; process in batches in a blender. Transfer to a large saucepan; heat through. Garnish with toasted pumpkin seeds.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 102 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 567mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 3g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fruit.

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  • bereitbach
    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.

  • carbon1
    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

  • herrojoa
    Oct 21, 2012

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

  • amandamkarlin
    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.

  • Miss Olivia Jean
    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

  • 46hillbilly
    Oct 19, 2010

    If time is a factor with Fresh; use a pressure cooker to cut the time to about 45 minutes under 15 pounds pressure.Apples too.Blend well and strain for Smooth texture.

  • haben96
    Oct 21, 2009

    I can't wait to make this soup. What type of pumpkin should I use?

  • Cookjoy
    Oct 4, 2009

    Thanks for the recipe!!

  • keverwann
    Feb 20, 2009

    We made it with pears instead of apples and it turned out nicely.

  • cutlarie
    Oct 27, 2008

    Fantastic soup. Preparation is very time consuming, but once that is done very easy. Soup is lovely and doesn't have the heavy cream base most pumpkin or squash soups contain. My husband loved it!