Photo: Iain Bagwell  
Active Time
40 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 5 Mins
Serves 8 (serving size: about 3/4 cup)

Even without added cream, pumpkin soup takes on a velvety texture after it's simmered and pureed. Make sure all the ingredients are very tender so they'll blend together smoothly. Simple toppings like salty-sweet pepitas make them a little more special. For a fun, no-fuss garnish, top with 2 tablespoons popped popcorn. Sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper, if desired.

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat; swirl to coat. Add onion; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic; cook 2 minutes. Add pumpkin, apples, curry paste, ginger, and salt; cook 5 minutes, stirring often. Add stock; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 25 minutes or until pumpkin and apples are tender.

Step 2

Place half of pumpkin mixture in a blender, remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape). Secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters); blend until smooth. Place soup in a bowl. Repeat procedure with remaining pumpkin mixture. Pour in coconut milk and lime juice, and reheat in pan if needed. Divide soup evenly among 8 bowls; sprinkle evenly with cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.

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Ratings & Reviews


December 06, 2016
I took the previous reviewers advice and used a sweeter apple and I'm glad that I did.  I also used butternut squash and chicken broth.  Having an immersion blender makes this pretty easy to prepare.  I splurged and used the whole can of light coconut milk.  A few pumpkin seeds over the top was a nice suggestion.  I might make this again but it wasn't anything truly outstanding.

Spicy, Tart, and Not Quite as Yummy as I Had Hooef

October 22, 2016
I made the Thai Coconut Pumpkin Soup but substituted butternut squash for the pumpkin as it was available precut at the grocery store. That said, in retrospect, I wonder if that choice affected the outcome. The soup was pretty tart, and I don't think it was from the lime. The Granny Smith definitely added to tartness too.I ended up adding a big of brown sugar at the end just to take a bit of the acidity down. A sweeter apple could have been quite nice.The curry paste does add a kick. I really liked the spice, but it did send my teenage daughter sprawling for the fridge desperate for a beverage. I personally found the "three ways" directions confusing and hard to follow. I wasn't sure when I was supposed to add certain substitutions as the directions were pretty vague. I.e. The curry paste - the recipes says to add it in step 1. Step 1 however has several steps within it. I added it with the garlic. Other parts I felt I was winging as well. It did turn out well. But, not quite as yummy as I had hoped.