Recipe: Soupe au Potiron | Cream of Pumpkin Soup


In the days when my kids were growing up, I really was famous for this soup. People would request it if they were coming over for a meal. I would keep copies of the recipe handy for people. We make it still today, but of course life is busier and entertaining is less often.

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The turnip in this soup makes quite a difference, it is one of the secrets of this soup. The other is a good squeeze of lemon juice.

Pumpkin Soup

Soupe au Potiron | Cream of Pumpkin Soup to die for

(Serves 6)

I am famous for this soup! The success of this depends entirely on the quality of the stock. For a stunning soup, use home made stock. For an Ok soup, use any other.

I love the way that the colour of this soup mirrors that of the falling autumn leaves at my house.

25g butter 1 leek, trimmed and sliced 1 onion, skinned and chopped
1 turnip, peeled and chopped 900g butternut pumpkin 1 litre excellent stock
bouquet garni pinch sugar salt and freshly ground black pepper
150 ml double cream  lemon juice  2 cloves garlic

The soup takes just over an hour to prepare.

Melt the butter in a large heavy saucepan. Add the leek, onion, garlic and turnip and cook gently for about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, peel the pumpkin, remove the seeds and cut the flesh into 2.5 cm cubes. Add to the other vegetables, pour in the stock and add the bouquet garni. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 40 minutes.

Remove the herbs. Puree the soup in a blender or food processor and add a squeeze of lemon. Pour the soup back into the saucepan and taste the soup. Stir in the sugar, if needed, and the seasoning and cream. Reheat the soup gently. Taste again and adjust the seasoning before serving. Garnish with parsley or chives, or sprinkled with nutmeg.


This has been cross-posted on our sister site, A Life (Time) of Cooking. It appears there as part of the Retro Recipes series, recipes from our first blog from 1995 – 2005!

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