Pumpkin Soup with Chili Cran-Apple Relish

I’m continuing my pumpkin junkie posts with another pumpkin recipe, this one for a spicy, savory Pumpkin Soup! Most pumpkin soups are sweet, but this one isn’t, which is great if you don’t want sweet for your main course. Adjust the amount of hot sauce and chili powder depending on how much you can take the heat!

Pumpkin Soup with Chili Cran-Apple Relish
Contains dairy

Soup Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 ribs celery, finely chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp poultry seasoning (or 2 tsp ground thyme)
  • 1-2 Tbsp allergy-friendly hot sauce
  • 6 cups allergy-friendly chicken broth
  • 4 cups pumpkin puree (or 29oz can)
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg

Relish Ingredients:

  • 1 green apple, chopped
  • 1/4 red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup dried sweetened cranberries, chopped
  • 1-2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon



Heat a large soup pot over medium heat. Add oil, butter, bay leaf, celery, onion, salt, and pepper.

Cook 6-7 minutes, until tender.

Add cornstarch and poultry seasoning; cook for one minute.

Mix together a little chicken broth and hot sauce, and whisk into pot. Add remaining chicken broth; bring liquid to a bubble.

Whisk in pumpkin in large spoonfuls, incorporating it into the broth. Simmer 10 minutes to thicken a bit. Add cream and nutmeg.

Lower heat; keep warm until ready to serve.

While soup simmers, combine all relish ingredients.

Serve in bowls with a few spoonfuls of relish on top.

This is very scrumptious and really hits the spot on a cold day, not to mention it’s great for pumpkin season! And I love that it only contains one of the big 8 allergens!

I hope you are enjoying Pumpkin Season as much as I am!

Linking up at Allergy Free Wednesdays and Gluten Free Fridays

(This recipe was originally posted on 1/5/15.)


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