Pumpkin Soup with Pumpkin Seed-Mint Pesto

Pumpkin Soup with Pumpkin Seed-Mint PestoRecipe
Photo: Annabelle Breakey
Not quite enough pumpkin for you? Serve it in Mini Pumpkin Bowls.


Serves 4 or 5
Total time: 50 Minutes

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Recipe Time

Total: 50 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 263
Caloriesfromfat 70 %
Protein 8.3 g
Fat 21 g
Satfat 3.4 g
Carbohydrate 13 g
Fiber 2.6 g
Sodium 406 mg
Cholesterol 23 mg


1 large onion, chopped
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 large garlic cloves, chopped
2 teaspoons ground coriander
4 1/2 cups peeled, 1-in. chunks pumpkin or other orange-fleshed squash (from a 2 1/2-lb. squash)
4 1/2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 small garlic clove
1/3 cup fresh mint leaves, plus slivered leaves
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup salted roasted pumpkin seeds


1. Make soup: Sauté onion and ginger in oil in a medium pot over medium-high heat until golden, 5 minutes. Add garlic and coriander and cook until softened, 1 minute, then add pumpkin, broth, salt, and pepper. Simmer, covered, until pumpkin is very tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Purée in batches in a blender until very smooth.

2. Make pesto: Pound garlic, whole mint leaves, salt, and 1 tbsp. oil in a mortar into a coarse paste (or use a food processor). Add remaining oil and pumpkin seeds and pound until coarsely crushed.

3. Drop small spoonfuls of pesto over bowls of soup, garnish with slivered mint, and serve remaining pesto on the side.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per 1 1/2-cup serving.