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Pumpkin Soup with Toasted Walnuts

Celebrate fall with this recipe for Pumpkin Soup with Toasted Walnuts. This cozy pumpkin soup is delicious and savory. Plus, you’ll love the added soup toppings of toasted walnuts and blue cheese!

I have made a pumpkin soup in the past. It was okay, but I’ve never made it since then so it obviously didn’t make too big an impression in our house.

This recipe for Harvest Pumpkin Soup with Toasted Walnuts and Blue Cheese was AMAZING. And incredibly quick to prepare. Dinner was done and on the table within just a little over 30 minutes, and that was with a five and three year old helping me.

Pumpkin Soup with Toasted Walnuts

Making this recipe for Pumpkin Soup

It was kind of nice to have the kids cooking dinner with me. They’re usually more into the baking, but Madeline especially has been interested in anything that involves stirring lately.

She is pretty good at sauteing (of course I still supervise closely). Because Logan is still as picky as ever I am always happy when he shows an interest in helping cook savory dishes. This child has such a sweet tooth.

My only complaint about this recipe was that the original recipe said it served 4-6.

I was hoping for some leftovers for the next night, but we only got about 3 servings as a main dish out of it. There was just enough left for lunch the next day. If you’d like leftovers plan on doubling the recipe.

What to serve with pumpkin soup

Served with a slice of crusty bread (like Rustic Rosemary Garlic Bread) this is a pretty filling meal, which surprised me because with only a 1/2 cup of half and half in the recipe there isn’t much in terms of heavy ingredients.

Easy Pumpkin Soup

This would be a great soup for any Autumn evening, but I think it would be a nice, unexpected starter or side for Thanksgiving as well. On another note, I recently made two new faux tabletops for food photography backgrounds.

I couldn’t decide which photo I liked better, so I decided to include both. To me, each is pretty in a different way. I like the way the soup pops against the dark background, but I love the shimmery reflection I caught on the soup in the other photo.

Looking for more Pumpkin Recipes?

Be sure to check out these 25 Pumpkin Recipes to Try this Fall – So, if like me, you have a pumpkin hoarding problem you now have a very good excuse. I’ve just shared my favorite Pumpkin Recipes for you to try this fall.

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Easy Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin Soup with Toasted Walnuts

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Celebrate fall with this recipe for Pumpkin Soup with Toasted Walnuts. This cozy pumpkin soup is delicious and savory. Plus, you’ll love the added soup toppings of toasted walnuts and blue cheese!


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 medium leeks, white and pale green parts only, finely chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, finely chopped
  • 1 rib celery, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3 cups chicken broth, plus extra for thinning
  • 1 - 15 ounce can pure pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • walnuts and blue cheese for garnish


  1. Melt the butter in a medium dutch oven pan over medium heat. Add the leeks, carrot, and celery and cook until softened, 5-7 minutes. Stir in the garlic, cumin, coriander, and nutmeg. Continue to saute and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  2. Stir in the broth, making sure to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Bring the soup to a boil and cook for about 5 minutes. Stir in the pumpkin and syrup and cook an additional 10 minutes.
  3. Working in batches, if necessary, puree the soup in a food processor or blender until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Return the soup to the dutch oven.
  4. Stir in the half and half and additional broth to adjust the soup's consistency (I didn't have to add any extra liquid). Season to taste with salt and pepper and heat gently over low heat until hot. Garnish individual bowls with walnuts and blue cheese.
  5. To toast the walnuts: toss them with a bit of olive oil and saute in a small pan or toast in the toaster oven for 3-5 minutes, or until fragrant.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 268Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 35mgSodium 950mgCarbohydrates 37gFiber 5gSugar 24gProtein 6g offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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Christi Landrum

Saturday 30th of August 2014

This was absolutely delicious! In spite of the fact that I had to do 3 substitutions since I didn't have all the ingredients and live remotely. Skipped celery.. Almonds work great. Feta works great. Sour cream is a fine substitution for half and half too. Mangia! Mangia!

Ricci Miller

Sunday 30th of December 2012

Thanks Katie! I've been sick since Christmas Eve, and when searching for soup recipes, Pumpkin soup enticed me for a few reasons: I liked the idea of smooth soup going down my throat instead of traditional chicken soup, I had a can of pumpkin left from the holidays, and I have had one pumpkin soup before and loved it, but have never tried to make it. Well, I had to tweak a few things because I didn't have 1/2 and 1/2 or coriander, so I added coconut milk instead of 1/2 and 1/2, added a dash of clove, celery seed, and curry, and I added an apple. It was easy and so wonderful!


Saturday 3rd of November 2012

I have been searching for a perfect pumpkin soup and I think I have finally found the best recipe! Can't wait to make this. Love the idea of the blue cheese. Thanks so much!


Sunday 14th of October 2012

How well does this hold up when made ahead of time, and reheated..


Wednesday 17th of October 2012

It will work fine as long as you do not add the blue cheese and walnuts till just before serving.


Friday 25th of November 2011

I made this soup for Thanksgiving and it was amazing! Definitely a recipe to keep.