Spicy Pumpkin Appetizer Soup Recipe

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Recipes.net Team Published: November 27, 2020 Modified: July 7, 2021
Spicy Pumpkin Appetizer Soup Recipe

Pumpkin works well with almost everything. For instance, it can be served as a cocktail with this refreshing pumpkin pineapple and rum cocktail. But nothing is more comforting than a bowl of spicy pumpkin soup on a cold day. It’s the perfect appetizer for a holiday feast. 

What Goes in Our Spicy Pumpkin Soup?

This easy recipe only takes 20 minutes to make. So, you’ll have lots of spare time to curate your dinner menu with these easy Thanksgiving recipes. But before we go into how to make this autumn soup, you need to know the star ingredients that make up this dairy-free spicy pumpkin soup.

Canned pumpkin puree – You won’t be needing soup thickeners like cornstarch or flour, because the canned pumpkin puree already makes it nice and thick. But if you prefer, you can still use fresh pumpkin puree. In fact, you can even make it at home. Learn how to make homemade pumpkin puree by checking out our CAQ section below!
Chicken broth – This helps to thin out the puree, giving us the perfect consistency and savory taste.
Warm spices – For the ultimate spicy flavor, we’re combining garlic, curry powder, and black pepper to amp up our healthy pumpkin soup recipe. This gives our soup a little bit of heat it needs to complement the sweetness of the pumpkin. 
Toasted pumpkin seeds – They are optional but we highly recommend adding them for a smoky hint to the soup.

Tips in Making Spicy Pumpkin Soup 

This 20-minute recipe is already easy as it is, but we’ve got some tips and variations to try in making this recipe so you can enjoy it even more:

  • Make it vegan by using vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.
  • For meat lovers, mix in strips of meat such as leftover rotisserie chicken, left-over turkey, chopped bacon, or Italian sausage.

How To Make Spicy Pumpkin Appetizer Soup

This easy-to-make spicy pumpkin soup is the perfect appetizer to start the holiday feast. Spiced up with curry powder and fresh garlic, this soup is filled with robust flavors to start special occasions that will surely be a blast.

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 20 mins
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  • 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. 

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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 fall feast isn't complete without a soul food pumpkin-filled dish. This creamy spicy pumpkin soup is the perfect way to start your holiday dinner. And you can whip it up in just 20 minutes for guests who came in early!

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