Spicy Pumpkin Appetizer Soup Recipe

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Recipes.net Team
Recipes.net Team November 27, 2020

Nothing is more comforting than a warm bowl of creamy Pumpkin Soup on a cold day, especially for Thanksgiving dinner. It’s the perfect appetizer to stimulate their palette for the huge Thanksgiving feast coming up. And if you’re looking for something different to surprise your relatives who are flying in, our Spicy Pumpkin Appetizer Soup is the perfect recipe to start the Thanksgiving festivities!

It’s so easy and simple to make, it only takes 20 minutes to make! You’ll have lots of spare time to curate your Thanksgiving recipes. Still unsure what to serve for Thanksgiving? No worries! We’ve got loads of Thanksgiving main dishes and side dishes that you can serve along with our savory Spicy Pumpkin Soup.

Classic Thanksgiving Dishes You Can Try

A Thanksgiving dinner won’t be complete without a Turkey to carve. Roasted Turkeys are a staple to Thanksgiving dinners. It won’t be one if you don’t have a Turkey on your table, so if you’re still looking for an easy herb-roasted turkey, our Herb-Roasted Turkey Recipe is the right fit for you!

This easy recipe makes a simple combination of rosemary, sage, and apples giving our turkey a sweet and herby flavor. It’s the perfect main dish after a spiced up appetizer from our creamy pumpkin soup recipe.

But what’s a turkey without stuffing? Our Homemade Old-Fashioned Stuffing Recipe is unbelievably tasteful, memories of your joyous Thanksgiving celebrations will come rushing back once you have a bite!

You also don’t want to miss the chance of having a plate of our sweet and easy Best Candied Yams Every Time Recipe. Thanksgiving dinners are the perfect excuse to have as many carbs as you want. But if you prefer mashed potatoes over yams our creamy and tangy Mashed Potatoes Recipe will continue your impressive Thanksgiving menu streak! 

Finally, for guilt free dessert recipes, our no-fuss Sugarless Pumpkin Pie Recipe will keep your sugar levels at bay while still enjoying a slice of this delightful pumpkin pie. Instead of sugar,  we’re using stevia for our sugar free pumpkin pie.

Now that your Thanksgiving menu is mostly complete, let’s dive into our main dish!

What Goes In Our Spicy Pumpkin Soup?

Pumpkin works well with almost everything. It can be served as a cocktail with our refreshing Pumpkin Pineapple and Rum Cocktail or to simply give warmth to our Thanksgiving celebrations through a Spicy Pumpkin Soup.

If you’re looking for healthier options for our spicy pumpkin soup, using fresh pumpkin puree instead of canned pumpkin puree will give your pumpkin soup genuine pumpkin flavors. Making your fresh pumpkin puree allows you to control the texture and consistency of your pumpkin soup which is similar to our spicy and savory Thai Curried Pumpkin Soup Recipe. Learn how to make homemade pumpkin puree by checking out our CAQs section below!

In this pumpkin soup with canned pumpkin, we’re combining warm spices such as garlic, curry powder, and black pepper to amp up our healthy pumpkin soup recipe. This gives the soup the little bit of heat it needs to complement the sweetness of the pumpkin. Also, there’s just the right hint of curry flavor without it being too overpowering.

Not wanting to sacrifice taste, we’re using butter to add richness to our recipe. Butter adds a wonderful rich flavor to your appetizer soup but, if you’re counting your calories then your healthiest option is olive oil. The toasted pumpkin seeds are optional but we highly recommend adding it as it gives a smoky hint to our spicy pumpkin soup building on varieties of flavor.

Tip: No need to add flour or cornstarch to thicken your pumpkin soup, as pumpkin puree is already nice and thick. Another trick is to avoid adding too much liquid to your soup. To get the perfect consistency for our pumpkin soup, we added chicken broth to keep it from being too thick while giving it a meaty flavor.

Tips In Making Pumpkin Soup And More Pumpkin Soup Recipes

You can also turn this canned pumpkin soup recipe into a vegan pumpkin soup recipe by using vegetable broth instead of chicken broth. Now, everyone can enjoy your pumpkin soup with canned pumpkin without making too many tweaks! Your guests also don’t have to worry if your homemade pumpkin soup has dairy in it as this is a dairy free pumpkin soup recipe.

Have leftover rotisserie chicken? You can also serve this Spicy Pumpkin Soup the next day with strips of rotisserie chicken, left-over turkey, chopped bacon, or Italian sausage. And if you’re a bit tired from all the meat, you can substitute the chicken with roasted carrots, boiled kidney beans, or our Asian-flavored baked garlic tofu.

Our Roasted Butternut Squash Soup Recipe is also a perfect vegan alternative for your roasted pumpkin soup cravings. This recipe uses vegetable broth made even flavorful with sweet butternut squash and the creamy goodness of butter. If you’re also curious about how to roast pumpkin, our roasted butternut squash soup recipe got your back!

For more pumpkin curry soup recipes, our Pumpkin Bisque Recipe has the perfect balance of mild spice and sweetness, a wonderful alternative if your kids prefer a classic Thanksgiving pumpkin soup. Our Roasted Pumpkin Soup Recipe might do the trick if you’re looking for something with a hint of smokiness. 

For more spicy soup recipes, our Spicy Sausage and Sweet Potato Recipe is the perfect comfort food for days you’re feeling a bit under the weather. You can also try our healthy and hearty Spicy Vegetarian Cabbage Soup to warm up a chilly night!

Ready to make your Spicy Pumpkin Soup? Let’s dive right into it!



How To Make Spicy Pumpkin Appetizer Soup

This easy-to-make Spicy Pumpkin Soup Recipe is the perfect appetizer for your Thanksgiving feast. Spiced up with curry powder and fresh garlic, this soup is filled with robust flavors to start special occasions that for sure will be a blast!

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 20 mins


  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp thyme, dried
  • ½ tsp black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1 tsp butter, or olive oil
  • ½ cup yellow onions
  • cups pumpkin puree, canned
  • ½ cup fresh garlic, chopped
  • 1 tbsp curry powder


  1. In a heated pot, saute ½ cup each of chopped yellow onions and garlic in olive oil or butter.

  2. Pour in 3 ½ cups of canned pumpkin puree into your mixture. Scrape off the yummy brown bits from the pot and stir your ingredients until fully combined.

  3. Next, add a tablespoon each of curry powder and thyme. Throw in ½ a teaspoon of freshly ground pepper. Stir the mixture until completely combined.

  4. Pour in 2 cups of chicken broth. Simmer until liquid is soup consistency.

  5. Remove the pot from the stove and set aside to cool. Next, pour your soup mixture into a blender and puree until smooth.

  6. Pour your spicy pumpkin soup into a bowl. Garnish with a sprinkle of chopped parsley and serve. Season with salt to taste and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • Top your pumpkin soup with a dollop of sour cream. This will add a tangy touch to the spicy sweet flavors of your Pumpkin Soup.
  • Garnish with pumpkin seeds for more nutrients. Did you know that pumpkin seeds are rich in antioxidants? Antioxidants help fight against diseases and reduce inflammation. 



  • Calcium: 124mg
  • Calories: 130kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 27g
  • Fat: 2g
  • Fiber: 8g
  • Iron: 5mg
  • Potassium: 656mg
  • Protein: 4g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Sodium: 446mg
  • Sugar: 8g
  • Vitamin A: 33416IU
  • Vitamin C: 25mg
Nutrition Disclaimer

Commonly Asked Questions

How can I make pumpkin puree?

You will need 2 pounds of fresh pumpkin or 2 small sugar pumpkins. Cut off the top stem of the pumpkin and place it in an oven-safe dish. Bake at 400 degrees F for 1 hour. Remove it from the oven and cut your pumpkin in half. Using an ice cream scoop, remove the innards and seeds of the pumpkins. Then, scoop out the flesh with the same ice cream scoop. Place your pumpkin mash into a food processor and puree until smooth. You can always add a tablespoon of water to create the perfect consistency.

How do I store pumpkin soup?

To store your leftover pumpkin soup, transfer it to an airtight container, and keep it in the fridge for up to 3 to 4 days. You can also freeze your pumpkin soup in the freezer and keep it for up to 2 to 3 months. Be sure to transfer it into a freezer-safe container.

How do I reheat pumpkin soup?

For some reason, soup tastes so much better when reheated the next day. Reheat your pumpkin soup on the stove for 10 to 15 minutes over medium heat. Make sure to stir it occasionally to prevent it from burning. If you prefer to reheat it in the microwave,  transfer it first to a microwave-safe container. Cover your soup loosely using a microwave-safe lid or plastic wrap, be sure to leave a small opening at the side of your container. Heat it on high for 20 to 30 seconds and stir your soup. Heat your soup again for another 30 seconds.


A Thanksgiving celebration is not complete without a soul food pumpkin-filled dish. This creamy Spicy Pumpkin Soup Recipe is the perfect way to start your Thanksgiving dinner. You can whip this up in under 20 minutes as a perfect dish for early-bird guests!

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