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Creamy Chili Roasted Pumpkin Soup

Author - Alyssa Rimmer

This roasted pumpkin soup is perfect for fall! With a hint of chili, lime and coconut, it's flavorful and unique. Naturally gluten-free & vegan too!

Creamy Pumpkin Soup with Chili

One of the things I've been loving lately is digging through the archives of the site and finding recipes from my first year or two of blogging that need a little update. Since there are now over 700 recipes on the site (!!), I tend to forget the ones that were shared in the early years.

When I find them, it not only shows me how much I've grown in the photography department but also how my style of cooking has changed. I'm much more confident with my flavors. I rely less on premade flour mixes and canned ingredients. And now that I'm mostly plant-based, I've found new ways to make things feel like they're full of dairy, when in reality they're totally vegan.

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And that's exactly what we're doing today!

How to make Pumpkin Soup

How to make Roasted Pumpkin Soup

This roasted pumpkin soup is a perfect example. The original recipe called for canned pumpkin and sauteed onions, but since we're in the midst of fall and approaching Thanksgiving, sugar pumpkins are plentiful in the grocery store!

So rather than scoop out pre-cooked pumpkin puree, we're roasting a pumpkin from scratch, along with an onion and some carrots. It adds tons of flavor, doesn't add that much work and turns a good recipe into a GREAT recipe!

The best part of all? Everything is blended up in a blender so clean up is a dream.

How to make Soup in a Blender

The Best Blender for Soups

When you're making a vegan creamy soup, the real trick is your blender. In order to get that velvety smooth texture, you really need one that has the power to break everything down. I love my Blendtec, but I also recently invested in a Vitamix and I gotta say, for soup, the Vitamix has the edge.

You're seeing the Blendtec in these photos because I made this at my parent's house, and they both work really, really well, I just prefer the texture from the Vitamix.

Do you need a high powered blender? My short answer is yes. BUT if you don't have one or you aren't ready to invest, you can probably use a regular blender but will need to puree the soup in batches. It will take longer and you likely won't get it quite as smooth, but it should still work.

Creamy Pumpkin Soup with Roasted Vegetables

A Perfect Vegan Creamy Soup

Now the trick to making vegan soups taste creamy is to use a full-fat non-dairy milk. You can either use coconut milk (which we're doing here) OR you can use cashew cream (like we did in this vegan white quinoa chili). Coconut milk will give you that coconut flavor, whereas cashew cream is pretty flavorless and is therefore a bit more flexible.

I wanted to give this roasted pumpkin soup a coconut-y flavor, so I opted for that, but you could totally make do with cashew cream. I'd say add about 1 1/2 – 2 cups of cream to replace the coconut milk.

And if you don't have any of those full-fat options, you can use an unsweetened plant-milk as well it just won't have quite as much flavor!

Vegan Roasted Pumpkin Soup with coconut milk

Roasted Pumpkin vs. Canned Pumpkin

And finally, let's talk about the pumpkin itself!

I wanted to make sure this soup was really robust in flavor which is why I personally opted for roasting an entire pumpkin. If you've never roasted pumpkin before, it's super simple. You just cut the pumpkin in half, scoop out the seeds, place it on a baking sheet and roast it for about 50 – 60 minutes.

And the beauty of doing that is that you can also just toss your carrots and onion on the pan and roast those right alongside the pumpkin!

If you don't have access to fresh pumpkin, you can certainly use canned. I would recommend using an entire can (maybe 1.5) and just sauteeing the other veggies. It will still taste good, you just won't get that underlying roasted flavor you'd get from the fresh option.

Either way, this roasted pumpkin soup is amazing! It's creamy, it's hearty, it's cozy and it's perfect for fall. It's also great for those of you pumpkin lovers who need a little break from the sweet 😉

Easy Roasted Pumpkin Soup with Coconut Milk & Chili

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Creamy Mexican Pumpkin Soup

This roasted pumpkin soup is perfect for fall! With a hint of chili, lime and coconut, it's flavorful and unique. Naturally gluten-free & vegan too!

Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword mexican soup, pumpkin, pumpkin soup, vegan pumpkin, vegan soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 273 kcal
Author Alyssa

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups carrots quartered
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 medium sugar pumpkin (about 3 pounds)
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can coconut milk
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Half and clean the pumpkin and add it face up to a baking sheet. Add the carrots and onion to the pan as well. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

  2. Bake on the center rack for 45 - 50 minutes until the pumpkin is tender. When there is 10 minutes left in the baking, place the garlic on the pan and continue cooking.

  3. After everything has roasted and cooled slightly, transfer the veggies and garlic to a blender. Scoop the flesh out of the pumpkin and add that to the blender as well. Toss in spices, broth and lime, and blend on high until smooth and creamy.

  4. Once smooth, add the coconut milk and blend again until creamy. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.

  5. Serve immediately (if it's warm enough) or transfer to a pan and heat to before you serve. Garnish with a drizzle of oil, pumpkin seeds and some sage leaf if desired.

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Mexican Pumpkin Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 273 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 37%
Saturated Fat 18g 90%
Sodium 545mg 23%
Potassium 508mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 5g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 231.2%
Vitamin C 13.1%
Calcium 5.2%
Iron 20.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. I’m just curious here but….what kind of pumpkins do you use to make your purée? Do you get those little sugar baby varieties or the jack o lantern type they sell everywhere this time of year?

    Can’t wait to try this recipe. Looks yummy.

        • Hi there – one pie pumpkin will actually yield more than you need for this recipe. I’ve found that pie pumpkins range from 2 – 3 cups usually. You’ll need to roast the pumpkin first before adding it to the blender. Cut the pumpkin in half, scoop out the seeds, then place the halves flesh side down in a baking dish. Add about 1/4″ of water and roast at 400 for 30 – 40 minutes. Let the pumpkin cook slightly, then scoop out the flesh and add it to your blender. Blend on high until smooth and you’ll be able to use it in this soup 🙂

          Enjoy! xo Alyssa

    • Making cashew milk at home is actually quite easy. First, you must soak the cashews for about 4 hours. Then blend them up in a blender with 4 cups of water (add some sweeteners or flavorings if you want) and that’s it! You don’t have to sift, strain or anything. It’s so delicious!!

        • Hi Selma – I use 4 cups of fresh (filtered) water. I rinse the cashews after they have been soaked and then add them to the blender with 4 cups of water. This will give you the consistency of probably 2% milk. Add more water for even thinner.

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