Savor fall flavors and make this pumpkin soup recipe.

Made with either homemade or canned pumpkin puree, it’s a perfect blend of sweet and savory. Onion is combined with the sweetness of carrots, warm spices, and a creamy pumpkin base.

Garnish with crisp bacon and croutons for the perfect meal!

bowl of Pumpkin Soup with croutons and bacon

Fall Favorite Pumpkin Soup

  • Filled with cozy fall vibes, this pumpkin soup recipe is ideal as a starter for holiday feasts or a main with bread for dipping.
  • It’s a make-ahead marvel, with flavors that only get better over time.
  • Packed with the goodness of antioxidants and fiber from pumpkin.
  • Kid-friendly and adult-approved for all taste buds.

Ingredients for Pumpkin Soup 

  • Pumpkin – A can of pumpkin is the savory base for this recipe, but you can use blended roasted fresh pumpkin.
  • Vegetables Carrots add a touch of sweetness, while diced potatoes help thicken the soup. Other squash varieties can be added, like butternut or acorn squash.
  • Soup Base – Heavy cream, broth, and butter make the base for this pumpkin soup. Swap in a coconut milk as a dairy alternative.
  • Spices & Seasonings – Bay leaf, thyme, nutmeg, and salt and pepper round out the flavor profile. Add a teaspoon of DIY pumpkin spice if you’d like.
  • Bacon – The salty complement to a sweet and savory soup. Diced ham or sliced smoked sausage are also excellent options.

Toppings – Lots of colorful, crunchy, and tasty toppings make each serving of pumpkin soup a work of edible art! Homemade garlic & herb croutons, sliced green onions, or a few sliced jalapenos make pumpkin soup new every time!

Two bowls of Pumpkin Soup

How to Make Pumpkin Soup

  1. Fry bacon and set aside. Cook onions in bacon fat.
  2. Add broth & seasonings and simmer to blend flavors.
  3. Stir in pumpkin and cream and simmer (as per the recipe below).
  4. Puree soup until smooth with a hand blender.
  5. Garnish with a swirl of cream or sour cream and any variety of toppings listed above.

Serving Suggestions

Crusty bread, savory scones, fall harvest salads, grilled cheese sandwiches, and roasted vegetables beautifully complement the creamy and rich flavors of pumpkin soup.rn

Leftovers

Keep leftover pumpkin soup covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Freeze portions in zippered bags for up to 8 weeks. Reheat on the stove to medium heat.

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Easy Pumpkin Soup

This easy pumpkin soup is made with a creamy chicken base and is loaded with bacon, pumpkin, spices, and pureed until smooth. This squash soup is as festive as it gets!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients  

  • 4 slices bacon chopped
  • 1-2 tablespoons butter optional
  • 1 medium onion diced fine
  • ½ cup carrot shredded
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 2 ½ cups chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme or ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon pepper
  • teaspoon nutmeg
  • 15 ounces pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup heavy cream plus extra for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons parsley chopped and divided
  • ½ cup croutons optional garnish

Instructions 

  • In a soup pot over medium high heat, cook the bacon until crisp. Transfer to a paper towel line plate, leaving the 2 tablespoons of fat in the skillet. If the bacon grease is less than 2 tablespoons, add butter to make up the difference.
  • Reduce the heat to medium and add the onion. Cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in the carrot and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute more.
  • Add the chicken broth, brown sugar, bay leaf, thyme sprigs, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Bring to a boil, then reduce to low heat and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes. 
  • Add the pumpkin and cream and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Discard the bay leaf and using an immersion blender or hand blender, puree until smooth.
  • Stir in 1 tablespoon of parsley and pour into soup bowls. Garnish with cream, croutons, crumbled bacon, and remaining parsley.

Notes

To use fresh pumpkin, cut a small sugar pumpkin in half and remove the seeds. Brush with olive oil and bake 35-40 minutes at 350°F until tender. Scoop out the flesh and puree in a food processor.
If you don’t have an immersion blender or a hand blender, puree the finished soup in a regular blender. Be sure not to seal the blender tightly as the steam needs to escape.
Milk can potentially curdle in hot soup. Heavy cream (or even coconut milk) is the best dairy to use in this recipe because the high-fat content keeps it from separating.
Leftover soup will keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, and in the freezer for 8 weeks. 
 
4.97 from 55 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 302 | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 1055mg | Potassium: 504mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 19935IU | Vitamin C: 21.5mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 2.3mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Soup
Cuisine American
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  1. Easy and very good soup! Made it exactly as the recipe was written and it was savory, seasoned just right. My hubby was skeptical but he liked it! Thanks for a great recipe5 stars

  2. My husband and I loved this soup. I plan to serve it Thanksgiving. I added a little curry. It was very quick and easy to make. I grated carrots and potatoes for soup.5 stars

  3. I’m so afraid of the Thyme and Bay leaf!
    I have such picky eaters. What impact would it have if left out? And those flavors strong?

  4. I am thinking of making this for my upcoming (Canadian) Thanksgiving dinner, but would need to double or triple it to have enough for everyone. Do you see any problems with just multiplying the ingredients by 3?

    1. It should work great for all the base ingredients. When it comes to the spices, especially the salt, I would recommend starting with doubling the amount and taste testing from there.

  5. Wow, this recipe is DELISH and would make a great starter for a holiday meal without being hard on the budget. (I have to confess, however, that I added S&B curry powder and a squeeze of ginger paste to mine to satisfy the spice monster that lives within.)5 stars

  6. Something seems to have happened to my question…..it was “is the bacon added and pureed with the soup or just a garnish?”5 stars

  7. Hi, can I just use butter instead of bacon grease please? This recipe sounds awesome, but I no longer buy bacon “health reasons”!

    Thank you so much.

    Ferryal5 stars