Call It What You Will Pumpkin Soup

October 20th, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Dinner Time

After having pumpkin soup at a restaurant last Friday, I’ve had pumpkin soup on the brain. Water on the knee – pumpkin soup on the brain, it’s a real medical condition I swear. Needless to say, I’ve been on the look out for the perfect pumpkin soup recipe to try my hand at it at home.

Bernie shared a pumpkin soup recipe last week, and I stumbled upon a few others that looked great and helped get the wheels in my head turning.

Most of the recipes I found had some sort of milk. I didn’t want to use dairy, and I saw some recipes that called for soy milk but I’m a little turned off by the way soy milk can curdle – not to mention that I prefer to limit the amount of our processed soy in our diets. But coconut milk? Now that’s something I’ll happily throw in the pot.

After browsing enough pumpkin soup recipes to write a pumpkin soup cook book, I came up with just one.

I like to call this They Accepted Our Offer Pumpkin Soup!!!! Or maybe Curried Thai Pumpkin would be more widely accepted? Oh well, who cares. We’re buying a new house! That’s all that matters! And oh yeah, I’m finally eating pumpkin soup again, that matters too!

1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 onion, diced
1 cup mushrooms, diced
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
2 15 oz cans solid pack pumpkin (cooking your own pie pumpkin would be better – but yeah, not tonight)
1 15 oz can coconut milk (I used lite)
1 – 2 cups water or vegetable broth
1 cup of uncooked quinoa, rinsed and drained
1 Tbsp curry powder (more or less to taste)
1 Tbsp cumin (more or less to taste)
S&P to taste

In extra virgin olive oil, saute onions and mushrooms until soft.

Pumpkin Soup Prep

Add pumpkin, coconut milk, water/broth and beans and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer, add quinoa, spices and salt to taste. Cook on low for about 20 minutes.

I used lite coconut milk – it was plenty thick and creamy, and the calorie savings was significant! I usually steer clear of the “lite” version of anything, as it usually has additives that make it taste better having been stripped of fat, sugar, etc. The only other ingredient in the lite coconut milk vs. the regular coconut milk was water, so I went with the 75 less calories per two oz serving!

Coconut Milk

Served with a piece of Ezekiel toast.

Pumpkin Thai Soup

This made a ton of soup, probably 10 servings? We’ll be eating pumpkin soup until we close on our new house in December and that’s alright with me!

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17 Responses

  • Pat says:

    YAY!!! Send pictures and we will be up that way around Christmas to help move!


  • Congratulations! How exciting!!! :)

  • Bernadette says:

    Congratulations!!! And your soup sounds DELICIOUS too!! You aren’t kidding about eating it until December either, I’ve been eating it daily since I made it… I may have to freeze some.


  • I love coconut milk. Soup looks delicious.

  • Leianna says:

    So exciting can’t wait to see new adventures in your new place!

  • Awesome on the offer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So when are you gonna move? I take it asap??!! Congrats!!!!!!!! Just went thru all this so I know exactly how it feeels. Damn girl, you move fast when you decide to do something, just like me!

    your soup looks delisssssh! I need in on that :)

  • Mama Pea says:

    Congrats on the house! I do not envy you having to pack up the whole house. I can already sense some arguments about which shoes end up in the trash.

    Mmm…your soup looks fab-O!!!

  • Julie says:

    Congratulations!!!! I’m so excited for you!! Packing sucks, but it’s always worth it!

    good lookin soup.

  • Erin says:

    Yay congrats!! That soup looks delicious!!

    We moved a few times when I was a kid, once when I was an adult, and I’ve moved at least 4 times on my own. All sucked in the process – but all events created some sort of story that I still remember to this day – like when my entire family was delirious at 2:30 in the morning, still cleaning out the last of the garage in the pouring rain, and my dad and brother donned full suits of black garbage bags and started driving our trash around the neighborhood and leaving it with other people’s piles. Pretty much the grossest pseudo-Santas ever. But it will be find to find those random things you forgot you had stored in your basement! I am really looking forward to those posts :)

  • Cindy says:


    Although once we FOUND the house we liked/loved/liked (I wasn’t a fan at first)…but hubs saw the potential…ONCE we got to that point it was FAST..

    CAN’T wait to see and hear all about it!

    what is that chopped up next to the can of Pumpkin? at first it looked like GASP Chicken…but I know it’s not

    yeah, it’s mushrooms.

    Is HISSY excited to move?

  • A says:

    Congrats!!! That’s awesome news!!!! Are you guys going to sell your house or rent it out?? Oh, and the pumpkin soup sounds great! Such a good idea to use coconut milk! I’m stealing the idea! 😀

  • Jennifer says:

    Woohoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love how you nonchalantly mentioned the house. :)

    The pumpkin soup looks good. I never would have imagined beans in it. I see you mention using coconut oil a lot. Is there a reason for that? Is it better than olive or canola? Where do you buy it?

  • Whit says:

    YAY! Sounds like a great name for pumpkin soup!

  • Lizzy says:

    um O to the MG! CONGRATS on the new house!!!! I’m SOOOO freakin excited! yay! :)

  • Libby says:

    Hi Alison,

    So glad to hear you got the house. Yay!!!! So exciting.


  • linda says:

    Did you puree the mushrooms, etc with the rest of the soup fillings or leave them sliced?