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A bowl of pumpkin soup topped with bacon and pumpkin seeds.
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Pumpkin Soup

This pumpkin soup is roasted pumpkin pureed with vegetables and cream, with a generous amount of smoky bacon on top. The best pumpkin soup you'll ever eat! It's elegant enough for a holiday meal, yet quick enough to put together on a busy weeknight.
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword pumpkin soup
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 271kcal
Author Sara Welch

Ingredients

  • 3 pound sugar pie pumpkin
  • 6 slices bacon diced
  • 1/2 cup onion chopped
  • 2 carrots peeled and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • cooking spray

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Cut the stem end off the pumpkin.
  • Cut the pumpkin in half lengthwise and scoop out all the seeds. Place the pumpkin halves, cut side down, on a sheet pan coated with cooking spray.
  • Roast the pumpkin for 35-40 minutes or until very soft.
  • While the pumpkin is in the oven, cook the bacon in a large pot over medium heat. The bacon should be crispy and browned, which will take 5-6 minutes.
  • Remove the bacon from the pot and reserve for later use. Drain most of the grease from the pot, leaving 1 tablespoon in the pot.
  • Add the onion and carrots and cook for 5-7 minutes or until onions have softened. Add the garlic and thyme. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cook for 30 seconds.
  • Remove the pumpkin from the oven. Scoop out the flesh and add it to the pot.
  • Pour the chicken broth into the pot. Bring to a simmer.
  • Let the soup simmer for 10-15 minutes or until vegetables are very tender. Stir in the heavy cream.
  • Use an immersion blender or a traditional blender to puree the soup until smooth. Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed.
  • Top the soup with reserved bacon, pumpkin seeds and parsley, then serve.

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Nutrition

Calories: 271kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 747mg | Potassium: 1068mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 23141IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 86mg | Iron: 3mg