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Creamy Southwestern Pumpkin Soup Recipe

Now is the time of year when pumpkin is king. I’m excited to share with you an awesome Creamy Southwestern Pumpkin Soup recipe.

You’ll enjoy this soup recipe – not just for how delicious and easy it is, but because of the story behind this soup.

I love sharing my favorite recipes. Creamy Southwestern Pumpkin Soup is a perfectly wonderful soup for the fall and winter months. It’s flavorful, easy-to-make, and tummy-warming.

The flavor of pumpkin is not just for sweets. This creamy pumpkin soup has a rich texture that is a warming choice for a cool fall or winter meal.

What years ago was an ingredient reserved for pie at Thanksgiving is now found in bread, casseroles, various desserts, cakes, and appetizers. And soup.

Some of you may not know that when I started this blog, I intended for it to be a food blog. As a cooking instructor for 15 years, I wrote, tested and taught recipes to last for the next decade.

Although I do not teach cooking classes anymore, my love of cooking is still strong.

I cook four or five nights every week. I’ve always been a fan of cooking seasonally, so this pumpkin soup is perfect this time of year.

The Story of Creamy Southwestern Pumpkin Soup

A few years ago, I wrote a recipe column as part of my (unpaid) “job” writing for a local neighborhood magazine.

My job was to interview neighbors who shared a favorite family recipe. I loved meeting these neighbors and hearing their recipe stories.

One lovely lady I met was very active in a master gardener organization. This 400-member group is a non-profit, educational, and volunteer service organization.

It benefits Dallas County through educational programs and supports over 30 community and school gardening projects. You may have similar organizations in your community.

My new friend Linda was certainly one of the most active and busy: she was chairman of the group’s multi-year effort to write, produce and market a brand-new cookbook.

Finally, after months of gathering, testing, editing, and photographing hundreds of recipes, this beautiful cookbook was published. Of course, I dropped by Linda’s home to pick up my copy.

I was immediately impressed with the beautiful cover. Flipping through the pages, I could see how the gorgeous photography enhanced the recipes. A Year on the Plate is a coffee table-sized book organized by seasons and very food and garden-focused.

Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s available any longer.

A Year on the Plate cookbook

At the time, Linda knew I was a cooking instructor. In fact, she had attended one of my cooking classes.

She also knew that I wrote a blog that featured both recipes and lifestyle topics. 

She asked me to look through the cookbook, pick a few recipes, prepare them and share them with my readers – you, which I was happy to do. The timing was perfect.

For a scheduled cooking class at the time, my theme was fall-focused recipes. I knew I wanted a seasonal soup. I found the Creamy Southwestern Pumpkin Soup, which sounded delicious.

I made it for Sweet Shark (He’s often been my recipe taster over the years.) and we both thought it was wonderful, so into the cooking class menu it went.

Here’s the picture of the soup in the cookbook.

Pumpkin soup in cookbook

As a cooking instructor, I was always tweaking recipes. I made a couple of changes to the recipe, not in the ingredients or basic directions, but just a few improvements (I thought) to clarify the directions.

Creamy Southwestern Pumpkin Soup Ingredients

Always gather all your ingredients, measuring as many things as possible before you begin cooking or baking.

Creamy Southwestern Pumpkin Soup Recipe.

Creamy Southwestern Pumpkin Soup is ready, start to finish in about 1 hour. It can be made ahead, chilled and then reheated.

TIP #1: Soups thicken when chilled; you may need to add more broth to dilute it to a pourable consistency.

TIP #2: Creamy Southwestern Pumpkin Soup calls for jalapeño, which can vary in heat. If you want more heat, switch to a serrano or, if you are really brave, a scotch bonnet or habanero.

This soup uses several spices which add depth and richness to the taste.

I used roasted and salted pumpkin seeds – also called pepitas – as my garnish. I thought the crunchy texture would be nice with the creaminess of the soup.

These bowls were perfect to serve the soup in – a perfect 1-cup amount.

4 bowls of pumpkin soup in white bowls

The soup says it yields 10 cups, but mine made about 12 cups.

pumpkin soup in white bowls

Enjoy the soup and let me know what you think about it.

Creamy Southwestern Pumpkin Soup

Yummy, hearty fall soup to enjoy as a main dish or a first course.
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword fall soup, pumpkin soup, southwestern soup
Servings 10 cups
Author Linda Alexander


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large onion medium diced
  • 1 jalapeno seeded and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and minced
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 1 large baking potato peeled and medium dice
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • sour cream, cilantro leaves, pumpkin seeds for garnish


  • Melt butter in a large Dutch oven over medium~heat. Add the onion, jalapeno, and garlic. Saute for 15 minutes until soft.
  • Add the chicken broth and next 4 ingredients; cook, stirring often, for 30 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  • Process the potato/pumpkin mixture with the cilantro in batches in a blender until smooth, scraping down sides of blender jar.
  • Return the soup to the Dutch oven. Stir in the milk and simmer for 10 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Stir in the lime juice.
  • Garnish with sour cream, cilantro leaves or pumpkin seeds.

Butternut Squash Soup with Cumin is another awesome soup for fall.

I hope that you will save this delicious Creamy Southwestern Pumpkin Soup for your fall enjoyment. PIN it for now or Later. Check out my Pinterest Soup Board for more yummy soup recipes.

pin for later graphic in blue
creamy southwestern pumpkin soup.

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