Photo: Jan Smith
6 servings

This Caribbean-inspired soup combines pumpkin, black beans, tomatoes, and sherry. It's topped with a tangy shower of queso fresco. Use vegetable broth to make this a meatless meal.

How to Make It

Step 1

Place tomatoes and beans in a food processor; process until about half the beans are smooth. Set aside.

Step 2

Heat oil in a Dutch oven coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add onion to pan; sauté 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Add cumin and garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add bean mixture, broth, and next 3 ingredients (through pumpkin); bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes. Stir in sherry. Ladle about 1 cup soup into each of 6 bowls; sprinkle each serving with about 2 tablespoons queso fresco and about 1 tablespoon green onions. Garnish with pumpkinseed kernels, if desired.

Ratings & Reviews

beachgalny's Review

October 24, 2010
This recipe is not only healthy, seasonal, and incredibly tasty, but it has been a favorite of all of our guests over the years, even those who don't like meatless meals. I generally make this for our Halloween dinner: it's fast and easy, fits the season, and is easy to eat in between answering the door to eager trick-or-treaters. Personally, I think the pumpkinseed kernels are not optional: they make the dish! Queso fresco, however, can easily be replaced with plain feta cheese, if you can't find it locally. We have a source, but it's out-of-the-way, so when we can't make it that far, I just use feta, and it tastes just as good.

MyDogMags's Review

November 21, 2011
This soup was excellent. One of my supper club mates made it for our supper club this month and I've since made it at home and served it to several of my friends - a hit all around! The flavor was a little blah, so I added 1T freshly ground cumin, 1T of chili powder and 1T of ground red pepper to spice it up. Delicious! I've learned from other soup recipes that it's best to use an immersion blender while pureeing versus a blender since I've had the hot soup crack my glass blender before. Not fun to clean up! :)

ahatfield's Review

October 15, 2012
This is a great fall soup - even my carnivore boyfriend loved it. The only modifications I made were to add a little kosher salt, and also serve chopped cilantro along with the condiments.

Just ok

October 19, 2017
I added a half of a chipotle chili pepper to jazz it up a bit but the flavor still wasn't anything to write home about.  I should've gotten my immersion blender out at the end because I didn't care for the tiny bits of onion left in the finished product.  Probably won't make this again but I'm glad I tried it.

ASChanner08's Review

November 12, 2008
I thought this recipe was good and hearty but at first a little bland. I had a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce... so I chopped and de-seeded one pepper and threw it in the soup and it gave a nice smokey, spicy flavor. I topped it with the queso, chopped green onions and some sour cream, it was delicious!

parrotkabob's Review

October 24, 2010
WOW! This soup is great, easy and tasty. I used pureed pumpkin from my patch. I also used red wine vinegar, my own canned tomatoes and added one can of chopped tomato. I did add chopped italian kale from my garden.I like my soups with a little texture and color. I didnt add the cheese or chopped was great without it but it would be fine adding those extra ingredients.

smarker's Review

February 02, 2009
This is a very tasty soup. I read that it was a bit bland so I punched up the spices a bit. I added 2 teaspoons of cumin and 1/4 teaspoon of chili powder. I also used sour cream instead of queso fresco. Just add a dollop of sour cream at the end and mix in. It was still mild but definitely had some flavor. If you are looking for a pumpkin-y tasting soup, this isn't it. The pumpkin is very, very, very subtle. But it would definitely be a different soup without the pumpkin. The soup is super easy to make and fast. I will definitely be making this one again. My husband, who hates bland food, thought this was mild but still had enough spice.

user's Review

August 05, 2012