Creamy Southwestern Pumpkin Soup

Southern Living OCTOBER 2003

  • Yield: Makes 10 cups
  • Cook time:55 Minutes
  • Prep time:15 Minutes
  • Cool:10 Minutes


  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 large onion, chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 1 large baking potato, peeled and chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • Garnishes: sour cream, fresh cilantro sprig


Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion, jalapeño pepper, and garlic; sauté 15 minutes. Add chicken broth and next 4 ingredients; cook, stirring often, 30 minutes or until potato is tender. Remove from heat, and let cool slightly (about 5 to 10 minutes).

Process potato mixture, pumpkin, and cilantro, in batches, in a food processor or blender until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides.

Return to Dutch oven; stir in milk, and simmer 10 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Stir in lime juice; garnish, if desired.


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