Thai Pumpkin Soup

  • ACTIVE: 20 MIN

This Thai-inspired creamy pumpkin soup packs a ton of flavor without too much heat—unless, of course, you opt for the Fresno chile garnish.


  1. 3 tablespoons canola oil
  2. 1 small white onion, chopped
  3. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  5. 1 stalk of lemongrass, bruised
  6. 3 tablespoon Thai red curry paste
  7. One 15-ounce can pure pumpkin puree
  8. 2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  9. Kosher salt
  10. One 14-ounce can unsweetened coconut milk
  11. 2 tablespoons lime juice
  12. Fresh cilantro, for garnish (optional)
  13. Thinly sliced Fresno chile, for garnish (optional)
  1. In a large pot, heat the oil over moderate heat. Add the onion and sauté for 5 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger, lemongrass and curry paste and cook for 3 minutes. Add the pumpkin puree and broth, stirring to incorporate, then season with salt, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Stir in the coconut milk and lime juice and let cool for 10 minutes.
  2. Transfer the soup to a blender (or use an immersion blender in the pot) and puree until smooth. If needed, add additional water or broth to reach the desired consistency. Return the mixture to the saucepan. Serve warm and garnish with fresh cilantro and thinly sliced Fresno chiles.
Make Ahead
Like most soups, this one is even better made the day before. Reheat before serving.