I say “Halloween pumpkins” and you say what? “Big spooky Jack o’ Lanterns with candles inside!” Better idea: Make my easy pumpkin soup for a Trick or Treat-worthy supper! Topped with roasted pumpkin seeds, it’s your quick lunch and dinner in a dash, throughout these Halloween season weeks.
This is my first post for #HalloweenTreatsWeek! I received samples from some of the sponsoring companies, but as always, opinions are 100% mine.
Busy Day Meal Plan? Soup Wins the Day!
Nothing beats the feeling of having a delicious, people-pleasing soup on hand to heat up for a good-food-fast meal. Whether it’s you after a busy day, weekend lunchtime, or a busy school-night supper, soup is a ready-when-we-are go-to treat.
Soup is also easy to “accessorize” with a side salad or sandwich, fruit and chips, or carrot and celery sticks with ranch dressing.
This beautiful pumpkin caught my eye at the farmer’s market, and I roasted it for soup and pie. Beautiful and tasty, but for this busy day soup? Not necessary, not at all!
Pumpkin Puree the Easy Way
I keep cans of pumpkin puree in my pantry all year long, because I use them for so many things, Here’s a lineup of some of my favorites. Pumpkin Ginger Muffins for breakfast delights. And keep my Pumpkin Cheesecake in mind for holiday dessert planning: it’s a real winner.
Just be sure you are getting pumpkin, and not “pumpkin pie filling”.
(Brown) Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice…
This soup is easy but that doesn’t mean it’s short on complexity and flavor. Pumpkin’s deep simple flavor gets a boost from the richness of butter, a savory-spice round up, and a little light brown sugar to bring everything together.
Thanks to #HalloweenTreatsWeek sponsor Dixie Crystals Sugar for providing me with light brown sugar to use in all my recipes for this Halloween blogging event, even this savory one!
If you DID decide to roast a pumpkin, this next image is the little reward awaiting you inside your pumpkin. And if you’re carving your Jack o’ Lantern, you still get these goodies, even when you don’t cook the pumpkin! Win-Win!
If you do cut open a fresh pumpkin, for Halloween decoration or for cooking and eating, save those seeds! Here are seeds from this one small pumpkin, and look how many there are! For my how-to on roasting them at hone, check “Notes” in my Easy Pumpkin Soup recipe, located toward the end of this post.
Roasting Pumpkin for Pumpkin Puree? Yes, you CAN!
You can (as in canned pumpkin, get it?) roast pumpkin in the oven, with delicious and beautiful results. Best candidates are smaller pumpkins with thick flesh, such as kabocha pumpkins.
You’ll find many pumpkins at the farmers’ markets work beautifully for roasting; supermarkets have them too. Roasted or canned puree, both work fine here.
But with Easy Pumpkin Soup in the title, this recipe points you in the canned puree direction.
What Else Works for This Fall Fave Soup?
You can use butternut squash with great results, on days when you’ve got time to prepare them and roast them with this flavorful array of spices and brown sugar.
Because butternut squash has such thick rich flesh, I like to add the butter, brown sugar, garlic, and spices to it after quartering it, and roast in the oven in big chunks.
But for quick-fix soup days, canned pumpkin is key to my easy pumpkin soup solution!
Video Time: Roasting Pumpkins from “Steamy Kitchen”
Check out the amazing #HalloweenTreatsWeek recipes from our bloggers today!
- Chocolate Candy Witch Cauldrons from Big Bear’s Wife
- Candy Corn Fudge from Fake Ginger
- Candy Corn Layer Cake from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Candy Corn Cookie Bars from 4 Sons R Us
- Halloween Potato Eyes from Pastry Chef Online
- Monster Munch Chex Party Mix from I am a Honey Bee
- Gluten Free Chocolate Monster Cookies from Frugal & Fit
- Caramel Sprinkle Baked Donuts from Cookaholic Wife
- Ghostly Popcorn Balls from Our Good Life
- Hocus Pocus Spell Book Brownies from Cheese Curd In Paradise
- Mummy Cake Pops from Jen Around the World
- Zombie Chocolate Donuts from Kelly Lynn’s Sweets and Treats
- Black Cauldron Bubbly Cupcakes from Daily Dish Recipes
- Boolicious Caramel Chocolate Covered Fruit from Everyday Eileen
- Jack-o-Lantern Candy Bark from Sweet Beginnings
- Caramel Apple Blossoms from For the Love of Food
- Monster Marshmallows from Shockingly Delicious
- Halloween Muddy Buddies from Back To My Southern Roots
- Mummy Crinkle Cookies from Creative Southern Home
- Sally’s Sugar Cookies from The Spiffy Cookie
- Eyeball Thumbprint Cookies from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Eye of Newt Halloween Wands from Who Needs A Cape?
- Halloween Brownie Pudding Parfait from Desserts Required
- Halloween No Bake Cheesecake from Lemon Blossoms
- Halloween Dipped Ice Cream Cones from West Via Midwest
- Pumpkin Soup with Savory Spices and Roasted Pumpkin Seeds from Nancie’s Table
- Halloween Stuffed Chocolate Whoopie Pies from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Death by Chocolate Dessert Ball from Strawberry Blondie Kitchen
- Jack o Lantern Bundt Cake from The Redhead Baker
- Frankenstein Cupcake Cake from Jonesin’ For Taste
- Chocolate Truffle Pumpkin Spider Cake from Sweet ReciPEAs
- Spooky Sprinkled Brownies from The Beard and The Baker
- Halloween Candy Charcuterie Board from Pint Sized Baker
- Halloween Monster Buttermilk Pancakes from Katie’s Cucina
- Sugar Skull Layer Cake from Love and Confections
- Mummy Meringue Pops from My Sweet Zepol
- Halloween Hidden Bat Loaf Cat from Savory Moments
- Vegan Halloween Cookies & Cream Fault Line Cake from The Baking Fairy
- Halloween Corn Chip Dessert Bars from Intelligent Domestications
- Oogie Boogie Meringue Cupcakes from A Blender Mom
- Smores Ghost Brownies from Books n’ Cooks
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or ground cayenne pepper
- 2 tablespoons butter, salted or unsalted
- 1/4 cup chopped onion
- 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
- 3 cups pumpkin puree (approximately two 15-oz. cans)
- 3 cups half-and-half
- 3/4 cup roasted salted pumpkin seeds (see Notes)
In a small bowl, combine the light brown sugar, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Stir with a fork to mix well.
In a large saucepan, heat the butter over medium high heat until melted and bubbling, about 2 minutes. Add the onion and garlic and stir well. Cook, stirring often, until they are fragrant and softened, 2 to 3 minutes.
Add the brown sugar-spice mixture and toss to mix everything well. Reduce heat to medium, and continue cooking, stirring often to avoid sticking and burning, until very fragrant, shiny, and tender, about 2 minutes more.
Add pumpkin and cook, stirring often to mix the spiced onions into the pumpkin puree, and to heat it well, about 2 min
Add 1 cup of the half-and-half to the saucepan, and stir with a whisk or a fork to make a smooth, thick, evenly combined mixture. Scrape the pumpkin mixture into a blender or a food processor. Working carefully since the mixture is hot, blend until the garlic and onions disappear into the liquid, 1 to 2 minutes.
Return the now-smooth pumpkin spiced mixture to the pan, and add the remaining half-and-half. Stir well and then cook over medium to medium low heat, simmering but not boiling, stirring now and then. Cook until smooth and evenly textured, about 15 minutes.
Taste soup and adjust salt if need be. Remove from heat and serve hot or warm, garnished with roasted pumpkin seeds.
You can buy roasted and salted pumpkin seeds: but if you want to make them yourself, here's what to do. Cut open a fresh pumpkin by slicing into it all around the stem, making a lid. Remove the lid and scoop out the seeds and fibers. An ice cream scoop or a big sturdy spoon works well here. Rinse seeds well in a colander or strainer, rubbing to remove fibers and strings. Heat oven to 400 degrees, and bring a medium saucepan of water to a rolling boil. Add a spoonful of salt and the seeds, and boil gently for 10 minutes. and remove the lid. Drain well. Spread olive oil on a cookie sheet and add the pumpkin seeds, stirring to coat them with the oil, Roast for 10 to 15 minutes in the 400 degree oven, until seeds are lightly golden and hot. Cool, sprinkle lightly with salt, and enjoy.
Nutrition InformationYield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 323Total Fat 24gSaturated Fat 12gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 53mgSodium 503mgCarbohydrates 21gFiber 5gSugar 10gProtein 10g
GIVEAWAYS for #HalloweenTreatsWeek!
Happy Halloween! It’s October which means it’s time for Spooky Season and this year’s #HalloweenTreatsWeek event! #HalloweenTreatsWeek is hosted by Angie from Big Bear’s Wife & its a creepy and haunting week-long event is filled with some amazingly wicked Halloween treats, recipes and some frightfully fun giveaways.
“When witches go riding, and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers ‘tis near Halloween.”
For the 2nd annual #HalloweenTreatsWeek event we have 41 fantastically talented bloggers that are sharing their favorite Halloween recipes throughout the week! There are going to be over 160 Halloween themed recipes shared during this year’s #HalloweenTreatsWeek and we can’t wait for you to see them all! Follow the hashtag #HalloweenTreatsWeek on social media and look at the bottom of each post to see all of the Halloween recipes that we’re sharing!
Plus, don’t forget that we have 6 (six) great giveaways for you this week thanks to our amazing sponsors!
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Prize #1 — Dixie Crystals is giving away a “Dinner and Dessert Set” – ONE 6-Quart Cook & Carry Programmable Slow Cooker, a Pyrex mixing bowl set plus some fun Dixie Crystals items like a Dixie Crystal Apron and Cookbook!
Prize #2 — Adam’s Extract is giving away – 1 Gift Pack – including 4oz Adams Best, 1.5 oz Peppermint, 1.5oz Almond, 1 bottle vanilla cinnamon sugar, 1 bottle pumpkin pie spice
Prize #3 —Wilton is giving away a Texturra 7-Piece Bakeware Set
Prize #4 — Sweets and Treats Shop is giving away a large baking box of goodies! Sweets and Treats will send one lucky winner a large assortment of sprinkles and lines and other samples of their products!
Prize #5 — Treat Street USA is giving away a set of Holiday Treat Decorations (1 Gummy Assortment, 1 Marshmallow Snowman, 1 Toy Solider and 1 Gingerbread Men)
Prize # 6– Litehouseis giving away the following: 1 Litehouse® Honeycrisp Apple Cider, 1 Litehouse® Old Fashioned Caramel, 1 Litehouse® Pumpkin Spice Caramel, 1 Litehouse® Butterscotch Caramel & 1 Litehouse® Chocolate Dip, Snack Packs
Giveaway open to US Residents 18 years or older. All entries will be verified. No PO Boxes Please. Prizes will be sent directly from sponsors to winners, bloggers are not responsible for prizes. This giveaway runs from October 7th – October 13th at 11:59PM EST. Winners will be selected soon afterward and contacted by e-mail. Winners will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. There are a total of 6 (six) prizes and therefore we will have a total of 6 (six) winners. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.
Disclaimer: These posts and recipes are part of the week-long event, #HalloweenTreatsWeek but all opinions are 100% mine! We would like to Thank our amazing sponsors: Dixie Crystals, Adam’s Extract, Wilton, Sweets and Treats Shop, Treat Street USA and Litehouse! These wonderful sponsors provided the prize packs for our giveaways and also sent samples and products to the #HalloweenTreatsWeek bloggers to use in their recipes.