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Pumpkin Soup with Pumpkin Seed-Mint Pesto

Not quite enough pumpkin for you? Serve it in Mini Pumpkin Bowls.

Sunset OCTOBER 2011

  • Yield: Serves 4 or 5
  • Total: 50 Minutes


  • SOUP
  • 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.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 263
  • Calories from fat: 70%
  • Protein: 8.3g
  • Fat: 21g
  • Saturated fat: 3.4g
  • Carbohydrate: 13g
  • Fiber: 2.6g
  • Sodium: 406mg
  • Cholesterol: 23mg

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Pumpkin Soup with Pumpkin Seed-Mint Pesto Recipe