Pumpkin Soup with Thai Red Curry Paste and Lemongrass


This pureed pumpkin soup was inspired by Thai flavors. It's made especially creamy with the addition of coconut milk, while the Thai red curry paste and garlic lend depth and heat. The lemongrass, ginger, and squeeze of fresh lime juice brighten the flavors in each spoonful. If you want a touch more heat, add extra sliced Fresno chiles as a garnish.

Thai Pumpkin Soup
Photo: Photo by Morgan Hunt Glaze / Food Styling by Ruth Blackburn / Prop Styling by Christina Daley
6 servings


  • 3 tablespoons canola oil

  • 1 small white onion, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger

  • 1 stalk of lemongrass, bruised

  • 3 tablespoons Thai red curry paste

  • 1 (15-ounce) can pure pumpkin puree

  • 2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth

  • Kosher salt

  • 1 (14-ounce) can unsweetened coconut milk

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

  • Fresh cilantro, for garnish (optional)

  • 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 to serve.

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