Pumpkin soup recipe: tuck into this autumn favourite

Keep warm outdoors by tucking into this tasty pumpkin soup while you watch Bonfire Night fireworks in the garden

pumpkin soup recipe
(Image credit: Maple from Canada)

Tucking into a mug of warming pumpkin soup is just the thing while you watch the rockets and Catherine wheels exploding in the night sky this Bonfire Night. There might be a lack of opportunity this year for parties and gatherings but that doesn't mean you can't still celebrate in your own in the garden with a sparkler or two, a few fireworks and watching the flickering flames in your fire pit

We love this comforting recipe to keep the chill at bay. It combines seasonal pumpkin with chestnuts, a hint of smoky sweetness from maple syrup and a swirl of cream for a touch of indulgence. It's sure to become a seasonal favourite. And while you're here, don't miss out on our best BBQ recipes if you want to add some extra dishes to your Bonfire Night garden celebrations. 

PUMPKIN, MAPLE AND CHESTNUT SOUP

Bonfire Night

(Image credit: Maple of Canada)

Ingredients

  • 500–600g pumpkin or butternut squash, peeled and cut into chunks
  • olive oil to drizzle
  • salt and black pepper
  • 180g pre-cooked chestnuts
  • 1 litre vegetable stock
  • 150ml double cream, plus extra for garnish
  • 30g hazelnuts, roughly chopped
  • handful of fresh chopped chives, to garnish

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180˚C/Gas 4.

2. Put the pumpkin or butternut squash onto a baking tray, drizzle with oil, season with salt and pepper and bake for 30–35 minutes until soft and golden.

3. Put the vegetable stock in a large pan then transfer pumpkin from the oven to the pan and add the chestnuts.

4. Continue to cook together for a further 5–10 minutes until the liquid is reduced by a third. Then take off the heat and stir through the maple syrup and cream.

5. Meanwhile, toast the hazelnuts in a non-stick pan.

6. Pour the pumpkin soup mixture into a blender or food processor and select the 'pulse' setting. Pulse until a smooth consistency is formed.

7. To serve, garnish with hazelnuts, chopped chives and drizzle with extra maple syrup and double cream as desired.

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Sarah Wilson
Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson has been a lifestyle journalist for many years, writing about gardens since 2015. She's written for Gardeningetc.com, Livingetc, Homes & Gardens, as well as Country Homes & Interiors and Modern Gardens magazines. 


Her own (small urban) garden is a work in progress  - so many ideas, not enough space to cram them in. Hero plants include her ever growing collection of ornamental grasses, black bamboo and ferns, and the perennials like salvias and penstemons that come back reliably year after year. All very restrained though when in fact she'd love to pack her garden with gaudy dahlias and giant cannas, so these are top of her wish list for what to grow next.