Recipe: Pumpkin Coconut Soup

Okay, so this is a soup I originally came across at a local teahouse. But! Recipe first, chatter after!

  • The Ingredients
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 1 medium white onion, diced
  • 2 shallots, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • additional veg as desired: diced zucchini and sliced mushrooms work very well
  • 3 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 14 oz coconut milk
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon curry powder
  • ½ teaspoon powdered ginger
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 dash of hot sauce
  • kosher salt and white pepper to taste
  • For serving:
  • heavy cream (optional)
  • snipped green onions
  • The Way of Preparing
    • Sautee onion, shallots, and garlic in a mix of butter and olive oil in a medium or large pot. Also, cook any additional vegetables with the onion mix at this time.
    • Once the vegetables are tender, add the seasonings and let bloom for a minute or until fragrant.
    • Add the vegetable broth, coconut milk, and pumpkin puree. Stir well until fully mixed.
    • Add the soy sauce, a dash of hot sauce, and adjust with salt and pepper as needed.
    • Stir again and then simmer for 20 minutes on medium low.
    • Garnish with more coconut milk or a splash of heavy cream and/or some freshly snipped green onions.
  • Notes
    • Freezes well after being made; I used an ice cube tray to freeze portions and reheated the soup with a pat of butter and a splash of milk.
    • You can totally take an immersion blender to the finished soup.

Okay: real talk. I’ve only made this soup twice. But both times I made a doubled recipe of it in a stock pot and went through all of my ice cube trays, like, six times over storing the leftovers that weren’t earmarked for near-immediate consumption.

I’ve actually eaten this cold as well, that isn’t too bad. I’m not crazy about cold soups, but I dig this one as a late summer soup.

One of these days I’ll have my own little garden so I can have actual pumpkins I’ve grown myself to make for this soup. That would be lovely!

Try the soup! Especially with some good homemade bread, or serve it over rice. Mmm!

Let me know how it worked out for you!

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