Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Pumpkin and smoked paprika soup

Although the folks at Weather.com and Weather Channel have clearly lied about the temperatures and the humidity dropping, I'm still cooking as if it were fall for real. So pumpkin it is again, this time used to make soup. In the near future, if it ever does cool off I want to make pumpkin risotto and pumpkin ravioli, but for now soup it is because this one is great served both hot or cold.

Either way it's incredibly easy to make and the results are definitely worth it if you like a nice combination of sweet and smoky flavors like I do.


Makes 4 servings

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 red bell pepper
1 yellow bell pepper
2 carrots
1 onion
2 tablespoons smoked paprika
2 garlic cloves, sliced
1 quart good quality chicken stock (or veegtable stock if you want to make it completely vegetarian)
Salt and pepper
1 15-ounce can pumpkin

Chop vegetables and heat oil in a dutch oven casserole. When oil is warm add chopped vegetables, season with salt and pepper to taste and cook everything on medium high heat for about 10 minutes.

Add paprika and garlic and toast for a minute, stirring vigorously.

Process soup with an immersion blender or in a regular blender, then put the pureed vegetables back in the casserole. Add remaining broth, pumpkin, and more salt, eppper and paprika if you'd like. Warm, stirring frequently , for about 10 minutes.


  1. I really love pumpkin soup, but believe it or not I've never made (I'm spoiled by my mom's!). Your recipe sounds easy and incredibly delish, I'll have to try it!

  2. You're lucky the temp. hasn't dropped that much where you are. I've been freezing lately in upstate NY! But I like the soup recipes. And pumpkin fits the season now.

  3. Faith,
    how does your mom make it? There are so many good recipes out there... maybe you should make it and post it on your blog!

    I don't know if a 100 degrees heat index qualifies me as lucky! I'll take the freezing over ridiculous heat anyday. Yes, I know, I live in the wring place =)

  4. This looks so delish! It's soup time here, as it may snow tonight!!

  5. I love smoked paprika, it adds such a dimension to dishes. And in pumpkin soup, I can imagine it was wonderful!



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