Spicy Southwest Pumpkin Soup
Making Our Way Through Life
Life has many high points, but here and there we stumble into dark valleys, filled with trials and defeat.
It’s human nature to not want to think about hard times. When they come, we feel alone, believing that everyone has it easy. Everyone except for us.
Learning to walk through the hard times with grace, is like planting a seed of maturity and true joy in your life. Weathering the hard times well, builds a deeper appreciation for the little blessings along the way.
The most valuable life lessons aren’t learned while we are winning, but as we fall on our faces.
To walk through trials with grace and confidence, trains us to be grateful, to bounce back faster, and to not repeat previous mistakes.
What does this have to do with pumpkin soup?
Making Pumpkin Soup for the Soul
Soup, my friends, is healing. It quiets your soul and relaxes your body.
A good bowl of soup can be as comforting as a silent prayer.
A warm blanket.
A letter from a friend.
Often, it’s the little things, that help us get through the big things. I’ve had moments when it felt like a hearty bowl of soup, was the only thing I had going for me.
Yet learning to appreciate small comforts in the humble moments of life, makes the high points so much more memorable. And using wholesome, seasonal ingredients to make this spicy pumpkin soup recipe is sure to create a sense of comfort and many happy memories in your home.
The BEST Spicy Pumpkin Soup Recipe
I love this particular pumpkin soup recipe because it’s rich and zesty with deep earthy undertones. Strong southwest flavors of onion, garlic, jalapeno, cumin, and oregano mingle with the savory-sweet pumpkin, to create a rustic soup, hearty enough to be a stand-alone meal.
Healthy Pumpkin Soup for Fall!
Plus, it happens to be a healthy pumpkin soup recipe. This spicy pumpkin soup is made gluten-free and vegan, without lacking any flavor. Adding pureed white beans creates a creamy texture and thickness in this pumpkin soup recipe, without the addition of cream.
Each bowl of spicy pumpkin soup is sprinkled with crunchy toasted pepitas and french fried onions, for contrast in texture.
Flavorful, creamy, rich, healthful, and satisfying: a hearty bowl of this spicy southwest pumpkin soup will certainly lift your spirits.
What You Need to Make My Spicy Southwest Pumpkin Soup
My recipe for spicy southwest pumpkin soup is made with wholesome, flavorful ingredients, and is delicious as an easy, gluten free, and vegan dinner! Here’s what you need to make this healthy and hearty pumpkin soup:
- Cooking oil
- White onion
- Whole cloves of garlic
- Jalapeno – remember to remove the seeds!
- Vegetable stock
- Canned pure pumpkin puree
- Canned white beans
- Red wine vinegar
- Pepitas aka pumpkin seeds
- French fried onions, like French’s
- Spices: cumin, oregano, cayenne, and salt
- Immersion blender
Instructions for Making Spicy Pumpkin Soup
You can make this delicious and healthy pumpkin soup in less than an hour on the stove top, creating savory southwest flavor with fresh and simple ingredients. Here’s how:
1) You first want to create the base of your pumpkin soup by sauteing oil, onion, garlic, jalapeno, and spices in a large pot on medium-high heat. Be sure to thoroughly seed your jalapeno pepper before dicing and adding to the pot, or your spicy pumpkin soup will be INCREDIBLY SPICY pumpkin soup.
2) Next, you’ll add the vegetable stock, pumpkin puree, drained white beans, and simmer; then, add the vinegar and honey to your spicy southwest pumpkin soup, and continue simmering for another minute.
3) Use your immersion blender to (carefully!) puree the pumpkin soup until smooth. You can use a regular standing blender, but be sure to allow the soup to cool slightly first and use extreme caution.
4) Preheat your oven to 400 degrees while cooking your spicy pumpkin soup, and then toast pepitas and french fried onions on a baking sheet together with a dash of cayenne and salt for just a few minutes.
The white beans and pumpkin puree make this gluten free and vegan pumpkin soup perfectly rich and creamy, and using an immersion blender creates that silky smooth texture you crave during soup season. Adding southwest flavor with spicy jalapeno and savory cumin, PLUS cayenne-spiced pepitas and french fried onions, elevates this fall favorite to a pumpkin soup you’ll want to eat all year!
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Looking for more Fabulous Fall Recipes?
- Pumpkin Chili
- Healthy Mulligatawny Soup
- Creamy French Onion Soup
- Greek Lemon Chicken Soup
- Creamy Wild Mushroom Soup
- Spicy Barbacoa
- Healthy Tomato Basil Bisque
- Spicy Thai Chicken Soup
Spicy Pumpkin Soup Recipe
For the Spicy Pumpkin Soup:
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
- 5 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
- 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
- 1 1/2 tablespoons ground cumin
- 1 1/2 tablespoons dried oregano
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 8 cups vegetable stock
- 29 ounces pure pumpkin puree
- 15 ounces white beans, drained
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons honey
- Place a large sauce pot over medium-high heat. Add the oil, onion, garlic and jalapenos. Saute for 3-5 minutes until soft. Stir in the cumin, oregano and salt. Saute another 2 minutes.
- Add the stock, pumpkin puree and beans to the pot. Simmer for 20 minutes, uncovered. Then add the vinegar and honey and simmer another 3-5 minutes.
- Use an immersion blender to puree the soup until smooth. *You can also use a regular blender, but be careful! Open the vent in the lid and place a towel over it to protect from hot splashing liquid.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Spread the pepitas and onions out on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with a dash or two of cayenne pepper and a little salt. Toast for 3-4 minutes.
- Serve the soup warm, sprinkled with toasted pepitas and onions.
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