Spicy pumpkin, tomato and coconut soup

Earlier this year a Google soup recipe search habits survey found pumpkin soup was the top of the list in New Zealand, for the third year in a row. Are Kiwis creatures of habit, huge consumers of pumpkin, or just really boring? Perhaps it’s a combination of all three. While you ponder that, here’s my latest pumpkin soup variation (which uses a respectable amount of pumpkin, but isn’t remotely boring. I hope.)

Spicy pumpkin, tomato and coconut soup
This is quick, easy and very warming, which means it meets all the criteria for a simple Sunday lunch (with enough leftover for a lucky person to take to work on Monday). Serves 3-4.

1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely sliced
a good pinch of salt
2 tsp garam masala
2 tsp dried chilli flakes
1 kg pumpkin, peeled, seeded and cut into 2cm chunks
1 x 440g can chopped tomatoes
1 x 440ml can coconut milk

Heat the oil in a large, heavy pot and add the onion and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, for five minutes, then add the spices and salt. Let cook for another couple of minutes, then tip in the pumpkin. Cover and cook for five minutes, then add the tomatoes. Half-fill the tomato can with water and add to the pot, then cover and cook for another 15 minutes, or until the pumpkin is soft.
Remove from the heat and mash roughly with a potato masher (or use a stick blender, if you like soup to be very smooth) then add the coconut milk. Stir well and return to the heat. Bring to a simmer, then serve immediately.

If this one doesn’t take your fancy, try this hands-free pumpkin and chipotle soup.

Have a great week, everyone x



  1. August 10, 2015 / 11:07 pm

    That's definitely not boring. In fact it sounds very fine indeed. Pumpkin is excellent at taking on spicy and exotic flavours and, in my mind, the people of New Zealand are simply exploiting that fact by preferring pumpkin soup. I have to admit that I don't know many Kiwis so I suppose I could be wrong.

  2. August 11, 2015 / 7:06 pm

    If there was a similar poll in the UK, I think tomato soup would come tops, but I have to say I'd be keen for the Pumpkin, we don't have it nearly enough here, though I have to say Butternut Squash is my preference and takes on spices beautifully. I'd be more than happy with your soup too. Hope your keeping well.

  3. August 29, 2015 / 4:08 am

    Lucy, I'd not have thought to put these things together, but this soup looks and sounds delicious!

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