Creamy coconut ginger pumpkin soup is deliciously nourishing. The warmth of fresh ginger adds a lovely kick to the sweet base of coconut and pumpkin. Make it with your favourite chicken broth or stock, or use a vegetable stock base for a plant based, vegan soup.
With a little chill finally in the air here, it’s time to start whipping up some warming soups. This bright coconut ginger pumpkin soup is not only warming temperature-wise; the ginger gives you a spicy warmth too and makes you feel so good inside. Ginger is an incredible spice, and is a traditional remedy for common complaints including colds, indigestion and nausea. Perfect for incorporating into an autumnal soup.
I also usually make this soup using chicken broth, which adds another healing, nourishing element to the recipe. (Though, you can use vegetable stock if you want to make this soup free from any animal products). As well as it’s healthful qualities, using a broth or stock base also gives you a lovely depth of flavour, balancing out the sweetness with a little savoury.
It is so incredibly easy to make this coconut ginger pumpkin soup. All you need to do is roast the pumpkin and then…blend! Literally, that’s it. The rest of the ingredients don’t need cooking, so you simply whizz everything together until smooth.
I usually make this soup in my Vitamix which actually has a cool “soup” function that heats up the soup, too. But if you don’t have a large jug blender like this you can also put all the ingredients into a saucepan and use a stick (immersion) blender. A food processor will also do!
When we have this soup at home, I usually serve it with some good bread and a side of protein, too. Sometimes it’s leftover shredded chicken, or a couple of boiled eggs, or a generous sprinkle of toasted seeds and a slather of hummus on the bread. Some crispy roasted chickpeas on top would also be amazing too I think. Enjoy it however you like and share your ideas 🙂
If you make this soup let me know by leaving a comment below or take a picture and tag me on Instagram, I’m @moniquecormacknutrition!
p.s. UPDATE MAY 2022: I received quite a bit of feedback about the amount of ginger I suggested to add to this recipe. Many reviewers commented that it was too much. I have made the soup again recently and I think that it was quite a generous amount and also, I provided a poor estimate of the size of the ginger piece required. I have accordingly scaled down the amount of ginger and updated the description. Please note the amount of ginger required is now 20 grams, a small thumb-sized piece. If you read comments prior to May 2022, they have used a bigger quantity of ginger.
Additionally, a number of people have commented and mention that they fry off the spices in a little oil before adding to the soup and prefer the flavour that way. If you would like to do this additional step, you could add some chopped onion to the spices and fry that off as a mixture, and then add the cooked spice/onion mixture to the soup in the blender.
- 1 kilogram pumpkin – any variety will do, I used Kent pumpkin for the soup pictured
- 500 mL chicken broth or stock – substitute vegetable stock for a vegan/vegetarian soup
- 250 mL coconut milk
- 20 grams fresh ginger (1 small thumb sized piece)
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil for roasting the pumpkin – can also use coconut oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 180 C and line a large tray with baking paper (or use a non-stick tray).
- Peel pumpkin and cut into even-sized chunks. Place on tray, drizzle over olive oil and toss around with your hands to coat. Roast pumpkin in the oven for approximately 45 minutes or until super soft and starting to caramelize at the edges.
- While the pumpkin is roasting, peel the ginger and gather the rest of the ingredients.
- Place cooked pumpkin, chicken broth/stock, coconut milk, ginger, cumin and cinnamon into blender jug. Blend until super smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- To serve, heat a portion of the soup in a saucepan over the stove (or microwave the soup if that’s more convenient for you). Enjoy!
p.s. make extra roasted pumpkin and you can also prep this Honey Roast Pumpkin Quinoa Salad!