Curried Pumpkin Soup

Curried Pumpkin Soup, Halloween, pumpkin scraps, fall, autumn, butternut squash,

As usual we had a pumpkin on the doorstep this Halloween and whereas years ago I never thought to do anything with the scraped out flesh, these days I am very aware of food waste! Last year’s pumpkin was turned into my mother in law’s 80th birthday Pumpkin Fruit Cake but this year I fancied making soup. As it happened my mother in law came round on her birthday to share the soup with u so it looks like some kind of tradition is starting – thinking cap on for next year!

Steering off the subject of food and onto Halloween Pumpkin safety, I thought I’d say a few words in light of what happened to Claudia Winkleman’s daughter. I took my daughter Trick or Treating and for the first time ever one of our neighbours had a real pumpkin as well as the pottery one they have always used. The pottery pumpkin was by the front door and the real one, minus it’s lid, was by itself on the large doorstep away from the house. As we stood waiting for the front door to open I suddenly noticed that my daughter’s nylon witches dress fronds were hovering straight over the unlidded pumpkin. I quickly pulled her away and she could only have been standing like that for a few seconds before I noticed. It did send a shiver down my spine to think what might have happened and as soon as our neighbour opened the door a made a joke to him of how he could have been seeing my daughter in a ball of flames. He took it on board and said he would swap the pumpkins over!

Curried Pumpkin Soup, Halloween, pumpkin scraps, fall, autumn, butternut squash,

So all I want to say to you is if you’re going to have a pumpkin at your front door next Halloween please keep the lid on it (cutting the lid at an inward slant will ensure the lid doesn’t fall in). I went to bed that night with visions of rolling my daughter on our neighbour’s front lawn to put out the flames – it really gave me a fright. So when I heard about Claudia Winkleman’s daughter suffering burns from the same incident I did feel really lucky as it could so easily have been my daughter if I’d got distracted by the door opening sooner. I’ll get off my little soap box now but I just felt it was so important to mention as this had never happened in all the time my kids have been trick or treating over the years.

So what was the soup like – well after opening several cook books and not having the ingredients for any of the recipes I came up with this curried pumpkin soup. I rummaged around and foundw 2 carrots I had left in the fridge, an onion, a couple of potatoes some curry paste and some coconut milk powder and I’m pleased to say it was a hit with both my family and my mother in law! So economical to make too I shall be making this Curried Pumpkin Soup again but probably with a butternut squash as I can’t wait until next Halloween to make it!


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Curried Pumpkin Soup
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A warming curried pumpkin soup with coconut milk ideal for using up those Halloween pumpkin scraps.
Recipe type: Starter
Cuisine: British
Serves: 8
  • 600 g Pumpkin, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp Rapeseed oil
  • 25g Butter
  • 2 Medium onions, finely chopped
  • 2 Medium potatoes, roughly chopped
  • 2 Carrots, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp Curry paste
  • 1 ltr Vegetable or chicken stock
  • 200 mls Coconut Milk (made with 3 ½ tbsp coconut milk powder & 200mls warm water)
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Garnish (optional)
  • Carrot slices cut into flower shapes
  • Chives, snipped
  1. Heat the oil and butter in a large pan and gently cook the onions until softened (under a lid) stirring occasionally.
  2. Stir in the curry paste and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Add all the vegetables and mix well cooking for a couple of minutes.
  4. Then add the stock, coconut milk and seasoning.
  5. Bring to the boil and then simmer under a lid for 30 minutes.
  6. Blend and serve garnished with carrot flowers and snipped chives.

For more pumpkin or butternut squash soup inspiration you might like to check out:

Elizabeth’s Roast Harlequin, Cauliflower and Cheddar Cheese Soup
Nazima’s Winter Squash Veloute with Chipotle Lime Roasted Seeds & AppleLaura’s Pumpkin Kale and Coconut Soup
Jacqueline’s Creamy Butternut Squash and Tomato Soup

I’m entering my soup into a few blogging events as it is frugal, makes use of waste pumpkin, contains plenty of vegetables and is seasonal!

Credit Crunch Munch which I run together with Fuss Free Flavours and which is hosted by Alida at My Little Italian Kitchen this month.
No Waste Food Challenge run by Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary
Simple and in Season which is run by Ren Behan and this month hosted by Feeding Boys and a Firefighter.
Extra Veg which is run by Utterly Scrummy and Fuss Free Flavours and this month hosted by Fuss Free Living.
No Croutons Required which is run by Tinned Tomatoes and hosted by Lisa’s Kitchen,

Credit Crunch Munchno-waste-food-badgeSimple & in SeasonExtra Veg eventNo Croutons





How was your Halloween, did you come across any dangerous open pumpkins like we did? Plus how did you use your pumpkin scraps? Do let me know in the comments section below!Curried Pumpkin Soup, Halloween, pumpkin scraps, fall, autumn, butternut squash,

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  1. Martina Evans

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe! This would be great for the winter months.

  2. Maya Russell

    Now it’s Autumn this is a lovely recipe for darker, colder days.

  3. Paul Wilson

    I think a bit of curry definitely adds depth to soups.

  4. Sheila Shepheard

    Made this for a family get together and it was fab.

    1. Camilla

      Great, so glad you enjoyed it:-)

  5. Fuss Free Helen

    A lovely recipe Camilla. And a important point about costumes and candles.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Helen, it did give me a scare!

  6. Katie Bryson

    You can’t beat a lovely bowl of warming pumpkin soup at this time of year – it’s got so chilly this week! I love your curried take too! Great point about the pumpkin lanterns… We keep ours safely tucked up on the windowsill away from little trick or treaters.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Katie:-) First time I’ve given a lecture on health and safety in a post but a necessary one!

  7. Fiver Feeds

    I haven’t tried pumpkin soup before, maybe I will now!

    1. Camilla

      Oh it’s a must then:-)

  8. Tassia Wilde

    Looks divine! Definitely a winter warmer!

  9. Farhana

    Mmm, delicious and warm – perfect

  10. Alica

    I am going to try this recipe this week 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Fab, just the right weather for a warming soup:=)

  11. Mark Whittaker

    A beutiful soup . I love the sweetness of the pumpkin and the heat from the curry. Its a beautiful autumn winter warmer

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Mark:-)

  12. Allison Grant

    I love pumpkin soup but have never tried it curried. This would be great for the winter months.

  13. Kate

    Loved this so much, I am making it for tea tonight, just to point out tho that you don’t actually list onions in the ingredients so I guessed at two medium ones. Thought I’d mention that.so you can update .

    1. Camilla

      Oh Kate, thank you so much for pointing that out! Will go and find my note book!

  14. Jo of Jo's Kitchen

    Gorgeous and delicious looking soup

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Jo:-)

  15. Maddy

    Delighted to see a recipe that avoids the dreadful waste of nutritious food that’s generally accepted at this time of year. To be honest, pumpkin is rather bland (IMHO) so needs something to give it that oomph and make it palatable. Who knows, maybe one day pumpkin will be viewed in the same way as avocado which I also find bland & needing oomph!

  16. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

    Can’t beat a classic like pumpkin soup! Love the sound of a touch of curry.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Becca, the curry makes it so warming:-)

  17. Jacqueline Meldrum

    I could quite happily dive into that right now for breakfast Camilla, it looks great! Thanks for linking to me 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Jacs, well it would certainly warm you up for the day ahead:-)

  18. Anne Dalzell

    I love cooking with pumpkin and butternut squash. I still have some cooked pumpkin in my fridge so might give this a shot at the weekend.

    1. Camilla

      Fab, certain to warm you up:-)

  19. Maddy

    A VERY important safety message- don’t apologise for reinforcing it.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Maddy:-)

  20. Glamorous Glutton

    A very good point about the pumpkins. I always have a real one but with the lid on. The danger had never occurred to me. Great looking soup, I’ll be interested to see what you come up with next year!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, yes the Pumpkin issue was new to me but enough to give me nightmares! I look forward to next year too:-)

  21. Lisa

    What a lovely soup. Not only is it pretty to look at, I am smitten with the flavors. Thank you for sharing with NCR.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you so much Lisa:-)

  22. Elizabeth

    What a lovely soup and a great way to use up pumpkin scraps. Thanks for linking up with the No Waste Food Challenge and for sharing my soup recipe too!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Elizabeth – it’s a great way to use up scraps:-)

  23. Heather Haigh

    Beautiful colour, and with this chilly weather I go just go for a bowl of that right now.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Heather, it is like central heating in a bowl:-)

  24. Ursula Hunt

    Its great to turn the pumpkin into something edible, I hate waste and this sounds great

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Ursula:-)

  25. Niori

    This looks lovely and warming – healthy too. Love homemade soups. A nice hot roll would be great with this

    1. Camilla

      Yes you can’t beat homemade soup:-)

  26. Paul Wilson

    Excellent. Tons of cheap pumpkin around at this time of year, definitely need more nice things like this to use them.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Paul, there seemed to be a pumpkin shortage this year!

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