Pumpkin Soup Basic Recipe

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Today I’ll show you my easy pumpkin soup recipe .

A delicious pumpkin cream soup is always a pleasure.

In addition to three possible preparation methods, you will find a step-by-step basic recipe with a cooking video.

Find recommendations for variants of the soup and the exact recipe with quantities.

This autumn soup is quick and easy, I prefer to use Hokkaido pumpkin.

There are lots of professional cooking tips summarized here to help you cook.

I wish you good luck!

1. Recipe Pumpkin Soup

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Pumpkin Soup

Cooked, photographed and written down by chef Thomas Sixt.

Servings 2
Calories 1911
Total Time 35 Min.
Preparation Time 25 Min.
Cook Time 0 Min.

Simple guide for soup with squash in variants.

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Pumpkin soup recipe image
Pumpkin Soup Recipe Image © Thomas Sixt


ingredients for the soup

1 pc pumpkin (I like to use Hokkaido squash)
1 pc onions
50 g butter
40-80 ml dry white wine
500 ml Water
1-2 cubes Vegetable broth (or chicken broth)
1/2 pc glove of garlic (I use optionally for a stronger taste)
primal salt
black ground pepper
Cayenne pepper

Soup garnish and decoration

1 slice bread
1 pc Apple
4 tbsp fresh pumpkin seeds
4 tbsp pumpkin seed oil
some Parsley


clean the pumpkin
clean the pumpkin

Clean pumpkin

Cut off the top and bottom of the Hokkaido squash.

So you can place the round Hokkaido pumpkin stably on the board.

Next, carefully cut off unsightly parts of the peel with a sharp knife.

seed pumpkin
Remove the seeds from the pumpkin halves with a spoon.

Deseed pumpkin

Halve and quarter with the skin and scrape out the seeds with a tablespoon.

Pumpkin pieces in a pot
Pumpkin pieces in a pot

Cut pumpkin

Cut the prepared pumpkin pieces into small pieces and place them in a tall saucepan.

Sweat the pumpkin
Sweat the pumpkin

Sweat pumpkin

Sauté the prepared pumpkin pieces in butter for about 10 minutes.

–> Sweating produces the first flavors.

fine onion cubes
Finely diced onion

Prepare onion

Halve, peel and finely dice the onion.

–> Add the diced onions to the pumpkin in the pot and sauté for 5 minutes.

Pumpkin in broth
Pumpkin pieces in the broth when cooking the pumpkin soup.

Cook soup

Deglaze with the dry white wine and fill up with water – the pumpkin pieces should be well covered.

–> Season the soup starter with vegetable broth.

Finely dice the garlic.
Finely dice the garlic.

Add garlic

Peel and halve a clove of garlic, finely dice and add to the soup.

–> You can create a light garlic taste with half a clove of garlic.

–> You can create a strong taste with a whole clove of garlic.

cook pumpkin soup
cook pumpkin soup

Season soup

Season the soup with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper and freshly and finely grated nutmeg.

–> Let the soup simmer for at least 15 minutes.

Mix pumpkin soup
Mix the pumpkin soup

Mix soup

Mix up the soup.

–> I like to use a hand blender for this.

–> Then let the soup steep for 10-15 minutes to improve the taste.

Fry the bread cubes in butter until crispy.
Bread cubes for croutons in a pan with foamed butter.

Prepare insert

For the soup insert

–> cut bread cubes,

–> Peel, quarter, core and slice the apple

–> Fry the bread cubes and apple pieces with pumpkin seeds or core mix with a little butter in a pan.

Season the soup with salt and pepper.

Note my tip at the end of the recipe.

Pumpkin soup recipe image
Pumpkin Soup Recipe Image © Thomas Sixt


Season the soup with salt and pepper before serving.

-> Pass through optionally: Your taste decides, you can pass the soup through a fine sieve or arrange it directly in deep soup plates.

-> Place the soup in the middle, refine with pumpkin seed oil and serve sprinkled with freshly chopped parsley.

Bon appetit!


For reasons of time, I have summarized the preparation of the soup in one point in the description.

You could prepare the individual ingredients one after the other in the pan.

This takes longer, but you can give each soup ingredient your own taste finish:

–> Finely flavor the bread cubes with garlic and thyme

–> Caramelize the apple pieces with some brown sugar

–> Refine pumpkin seeds with chili and salt

2. Calories (Kcal) and Nutritional Values

3. Prepare Variants for Pumpkin Soup

You can prepare the soup with pumpkin in different ways.

Different cooking methods are used.

I have made a nice list for you below:

3.1 Sweat the Pumpkin

—> Here the pumpkin with butter comes into the pot and is allowed to develop its aroma together with the butter over medium heat .

The pumpkin pieces are cooked until soft, diced shallots and diced garlic, allspice and bay leaf can refine the overall impression of the soup.

Onion, bay leaf, allspice and butter in a saucepan
Onion, bay leaf, allspice and butter in pot for béchamel sauce

This is a method of preparation that we use very often in star cuisine. Paul Bocuse had described the formation of taste when sweating in many places.

Chef Thomas Sixt on the cooking of the soup in the star kitchen

3.2 Cook the Pumpkin Directly in the Soup

—> With the quick version of the soup , you cook your pumpkin pieces in the vegetable or chicken broth . Beef broth tastes too harsh.

Of course you can add onions , garlic , bay leaf and allspice , which has a positive effect on the taste .

Put the soup on cold and let the soup start to boil slowly .

The vegetables give off a lot of flavor to the broth .

soup vegetables
Prepared soup vegetables, cut into cubes.

Base for pumpkin soup is just pumpkin, avoid adding soup vegetables directly because then it becomes a vegetable soup.

Tip from chef Thomas Sixt

3.3 First Cook the Pumpkin in the Oven

This is currently a very popular method of adding some roasted flavors to the pumpkin .

Place the pumpkin pieces on a baking sheet lined with baking paper , season with salt , pepper and a little sugar and then cook in the oven at 200°C hot air for 20-25 minutes .

Then finish the roasted and caramelized oven pumpkin in the broth with cream .


You could easily make this soup with leftover squash from the oven .

caramelized onions
Caramelized onions taste great and pair well with the squash.

4. Pumpkin Soup Step-by-Step Overview of the Basic Recipe

The preparation steps at a glance :

Hokkaido squash is the most grateful soup squash. I love the yellow color of butternut squash!

Soup pumpkin tip from chef Thomas Sixt
Cut pumpkin
Sliced pumpkin to remove the seeds

5. Overview of Pumpkin Soup Variants

Since I don’t only have one soup recipe here on the blog, there is a small overview of the variants below.

You can use the pictures to derive ideas for your individual soup insert.

Pumpkin soup vegan or vegetarian
Simple vegan pumpkin soup with pumpkin seed oil, soy cream and pumpkin seeds.
Styrian pumpkin cream soup with bacon and bread cubes
The classic Styrian pumpkin cream soup with bacon, bread cubes and dill.

6. More Ideas with Pumpkin

Comments, Cooking Questions and Answers

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  • Hello Thomas, your soup is very tasty, I liked it very much and it was really easy to prepare. My cooking question: Does peeling the pumpkin actually make sense? Leave a few more stars! Greetings from Mike


  • Hello Thomas, thank you very much for this great guide. Suppenkaspar was super successful last night and conjured up a delicious soup. Your video was very helpful and you're really a nice guy 🙂 Mark the 5 stars now and I'm already looking forward to further ideas from your kitchen. Greetings from Anni


    • Hello Anni, thank you very much for your delicious feedback. I'm happy 🙂 Send greetings Thomas


  • Hello Thomas, I like your post, it gives us a great overview of the different types of soup. The video is a very good guide and really enjoyable. Thank you for the suggestions Greetings Emmi


    • Dear Emmi, it's so easy to cook :-), I'm very happy about that, enjoy the soup… Good luck Greetings Thomas


  • Hello Mr. Sixt, thank you for the basic recipe and the great overview of the pumpkin soup. Now in season, any idea for a change is welcome.


    • Hello Floh, thank you for your nice comment, I was very happy. Take a look at the other pumpkin recipes , there's sure to be something there. The pumpkin in the oven has just become a favorite dish. I wish you continued success. If something doesn't work out, feel free to write me your cooking question! Kind regards, Thomas Sixt