Slow Cooker Spicy Pumpkin Soup

November 5, 2019 13 Comments
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This time of year pumpkins are in abundance! As soon as Halloween is over, they are practically giving them away (some shops actually are!), but pumpkins can be used for so much more than just carving a Jack-o-lantern.  Here is a very simple recipe for Slow Cooker Spicy Pumpkin Soup and a few other ideas of what you can do with pumpkins for low cost yumminess!

I had every intention this year to recycle our Jack-o-lanterns after Halloween.  However due to placing them on a cupboard that housed a warm DVD player, they perished within days! Note to self, place pumpkins in a cool place next time!  If you do want to recycle carved pumpkins in the future, make sure you use a little LED light inside rather than a traditional candle, as candles will char the flesh which affects the flavour.

I picked up these two pumpkins for 50p at my local supermarket.  The larger of the two was turned into Slow Cooker Spicy Pumpkin Soup as the recipe below, and i’m not sure yet what the other will be turned into but I have a few ideas.

Pumpkins
Pumpkins are extremely versatile, and super cheap after Halloween is over.

The first thing to do before any cooking, is to cut the pumpkin in half and remove the pulp and the seeds.  I urge you not to throw away this part!  I wanted to save our seeds to plant next year for our very own pumpkin patch.  This is easily done and just requires washing the seeds and removing them from the pulp, and drying on a flat tray for a week or so before storing them.

However you can also make some yummy snacks from your pumpkin seeds, by roasting them in the oven with a little oil and some seasoning.

Slow cooker Spicy Pumpkin Soup

I love making soup, and I love eating it! This is a really thick creamy warming soup, perfect for the transition from autumn to winter.  I tend to cook my soups in a slow cooker, as it means I can cook in large batches, but the recipe can be modified to do on the hob if you wish.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium to large pumpkin, cut in half and remove the pulp and seeds (ours made about 1.25kg of flesh after initial roasting)
  • 1 onion, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic crushed
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp tumeric
  • 2 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 can 400mls coconut milk
  • 750mls vegetable stock
  • Salt and pepper seasoning to taste

How To Make Your Slow Cooker Spicy Pumpkin Soup

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C. Place the two halves of the pumpkin on to a baking tray and bake for approximately 35 minutes.  The pumpkin produces quite a lot of fluid when it’s cooked so make sure you have a baking tray with a lip (not like I have done!)
    Pumpkin
  2. Place all the other ingredients in the slow cooker.
  3. Remove the pumpkin from the oven. Spoon the flesh away from the skin and add to the slow cooker.
  4. Cook on  a low for 5-6 hours or 3 hours on a high.
  5. When cooked (when the onion is soft), use an immersion blender to blend.  Alternatively allow to cool and blend in a food processor in batches.
    Spicy Pumpkin Soup
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Serve with crusty bread, croutons and a swirl of cream or coconut milk as you prefer.
  8. Enjoy!
Slow cooker spicy pumpkin soup
The finished article! Warm, inviting spicy pumpkin soup

If you don’t fancy this recipe, there are lots of others on-line to try to use up those pumpkins.  Why not try this Pumpkin and Crispy Chorizo Soup or Low calorie Pumpkin and Pesto Soup over at Devon Mama, or try this delicious Pumpkin Spiced Norfolk Scone over at Little Paper Swans!

Whatever you do, just don’t waste those pumpkins!

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If you need anymore ideas, why not check out my post 15 Sweet and Savoury Pumpkin Recipes for more inspiration!

Sweet and Savoury Pumpkin Recipes

NB. I am a home cook, and have had no formal training in preparing food. So these are just recipes that I use at home for the family. Whilst I have taken time to try and be as accurate as possible, some of the quantities are approximate.  I am always keen to learn, so if you think the recipe can be improved upon please take the time to comment below. I also love seeing your versions.

Kerry x

*First published November 2016

13 Comments

  • claire November 7, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    Ohh this sounds so good! I love pumpkin soup and I love a bit of spice. I also had no idea it was so easy to cook a whole pumpkin like that! Thanks for sharing xx #kcacols

    • Kerry November 8, 2016 at 7:16 am

      I also do this with squashes, it makes getting the flesh off so much easier!

  • mainy - myrealfairy November 8, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    Yum Yum and Yum again! I love soups and pumpkin is one of my favourite and I love it nice and spicy too. You are so right about placing the pumpkin in a cool place, I’ve had one go horribly gooey very quickly in a warm place.

    Mainy

    #KCACOLS

    • Kerry November 9, 2016 at 5:31 pm

      Yes it wasn’t great to clean up as it kind of exploded as I tried to pick it up!

  • mummy here and there November 8, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    What great ideas to use up pumpkin X #kcacols

    • Kerry November 9, 2016 at 5:31 pm

      Thank you x

  • chocolateandwineandillbefine November 8, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    I love pumpkin soup! This looks so yummy. I can’t believe I haven’t had any yet this year! We used our pumpkin to make pumpkin pie which was so good! #KCACOLS

    • Kerry November 9, 2016 at 5:31 pm

      Mmmm pumpkin pie sounds good, might have to try that too x

  • Someone's Mum (Danielle) November 11, 2016 at 8:52 am

    Oh wow I love pumpkin soup. This looks so tasty! #KCACOLS

    • Kerry November 11, 2016 at 1:35 pm

      Thank you, it was rather! x

  • Tracey Bowden November 18, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Some great ideas here. I have never actually tasted pumpkin before or cooked it. Something to think about for different meal ideas thanks

    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday

    • Kerry November 18, 2016 at 3:39 pm

      Thanks Tracey x

  • Julie November 4, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    Loved this it was delicious on a chilly bonfire night.

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