Coconut Pumpkin Soup

Coconut Pumpkin Soup

It was during a recent visit back to New Jersey and New York City that I was inspired to make a wholesome and comforting fall soup to complement the lovely season.

A couple of notes on this recipe:

  • You may use fresh pumpkin for this recipe. Although I typically shy away from canned foods, pumpkin is an exception :) So if you’re purchasing canned pumpkin, it’s easy to mix up pumpkin filling with pure pumpkin puree. Be sure to look for cans that only contain one ingredient: pumpkin. Most markets sell canned pumpkin. I purchased my canned organic pumpkin from Whole Foods.
  • You can blend or puree the soup, as I did in this recipe, but it is not required. Some folks prefer their soup chunky. If you do not choose to blend it, chop your apples and onions finely.
  • I usually reserve a little bit of the fresh garlic and add it once I remove the pot of soup from heat. It will cook gently just from the high temperature of the soup but the flavor will not be lost.
  • For an extra special touch, you can serve the soup in gluten-free bread bowls, either pre-made or see if your favorite bakery carries them.
  • A great topping for this soup is toasted pumpkin seeds. Just take shelled pumpkin seeds, sprinkle on a little olive oil and some nutmeg, and roast for about 15 minutes at 350F.

Coconut Pumpkin Soup
7 cups
7 cups
Coconut Pumpkin Soup
7 cups
7 cups
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 1 medium apple chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 14- ounce can coconut milk unsweetened
  • 3 cups canned pumpkin (2 15-ounce cans)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
Servings: cups
  1. In a large soup pot, heat oil over medium heat. Sauté onions, apple chunks, and garlic until tender, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in the remaining ingredients and cook over low heat for 20 to 25 minutes.
  3. Blend until smooth using a hand blender or food processor. Top with toasted pumpkin seeds (see notes section above). Serve hot. Enjoy!


    mmm… yummy!!!! 😀

  • Sara

    I already know I’m going to looove this soup! I’m not too much into pumpkin desserts but pumpkin soups are one of my favorite fall dish! And btw, wonderful pictures!

    • Trish

      @eatgreek @sara Thanks for reading, guys. I, too, don’t make too many pumpkin desserts but love it in soup. Enjoy.

  • Suchitra

    I loved the coconut touch to the soup- wonderful and comforting soup- and the fall pics are great!

    • Trish

      Thanks, Suchitra :)

  • Conor @ Hold the Beef

    I really love your photos. We don’t really get these beautiful autumnal colours in Perth, and my breath always gets taken away when I see them like this :)

    I love your soup too! I don’t think I’ll ever tire of seeing soupl served in bread like this!

    • Trish

      And these pictures don’t come close to representing fall’s gorgeous colors. Thanks for reading :)

  • Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet }

    Trish – this soup looks and sounds amazing! Love all of your fall photos. Hope you had a great time visiting friends and family on your time back east!

    • Trish

      Thanks, Lisa! I had a great time visiting back east. I appreciate your reading :)

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  • Jean

    Beautiful pictures, Trish, and this pumpkin soup is so perfect for the season. I keep meaning to visit the East Coast to catch the changing colors but it hasn’t happened yet. Soon, I hope. Your pictures have certainly made me feel like I’m missing out. :-)

    • Trish

      Thanks, Jean. Don’t worry – you’ll get there sooner or later. Thanks for reading :)

  • briarrose

    Yummy mix of flavors. Love the bread bowl. 😉

  • Gloria Kersh

    The soup looks delicious!! The fall leaves are beautiful — I grew up in TN but now live in FL and miss seeing the leaves change

  • Gloria Kersh

    sorry for the double post… BUT — I had a question — do you make your own bread bowls?? If so would you share your recipe and technique?

    • Trish

      Thanks for the reminder. I just added a note about the bread bowls. We just bought them from Le Boulanger, a local bakery/ cafe. We cut a circle at the top and scooped out the dough. Thanks for reading.

  • Tara

    This looks great! I’m always on the lookout for filling, thick vegan soups. So many use cream – I cannot wait to try this as soon as all my split pea in the freezer is gone! :)

  • Kristy

    Beautiful photos and that soup looks and sounds amazing! :)

  • Kristen (swanky dietitian)

    I love the idea of combining pumpking and coconut. This soup sounds divine. Thanks for sharing!

  • Alison

    I want to try Coconut Pumpkin Soup so badly. My co-worker had it for lunch today and I almost swiped it (don’t tell!)

  • Banquet Manager

    The bread bowl is always a good choice for soups like this.

    • Trish

      @kristy @kristen @alison @banquetmanager Thanks for reading, all! I appreciate it.

  • Belinda @zomppa

    Love seeing the leaves change color. The combination of coconut is not one I would typically think about, and it looks great!

  • goodeatsbykmuir

    I made a Halloween pumpkin soup last night also… love the use of coconut milk!

  • daphne

    This is a very good comfort food. . .That looks simple and yet delicious. Love it! Beautiful photos! congratulations

  • Trish

    @belinda @kmuir @daphne Thank you very much, guys! Enjoy the soup!

  • ~Melissa

    Sooo Pretty!!!!!!!

  • coolblogger

    looks lovely..there culdnt be any better fall recipe with lovely fall pics

  • Sandra

    Lovely seasonal soup! I made something like this but with a stew and homemade bread.
    Your soup looks delish!

    Great job on presentation and Congrats on making top 9 on FoodBuzz

    • Trish

      Thanks, Sandra!!

  • elisabeth@foodandthriftfinds

    I was just checking twitter, and came across one of your tweets, and clicked on your blog. Incidentally your soup is gorgeous…also it just made the #1 spot for the Top 9.

  • Kare

    This looks amazing, especially with the bread bowl and the seeds floating on top! I love the idea of putting pumpkin and coconut milk together in a soup.

    Congrats on making the Top 9!

  • Baking Serendipity

    There is just nothing like fall on the east coast. Your pictures are gorgeous…I love all those colors and this soup looks like a perfect compliment to the season :)

    • Trish

      @elizabeth @kare @bakingserendipity Thanks for your kind words, guys :)

  • Amanda @ bakingwithoutabox

    Beautiful fall foliage and great recipe! I’m the same way about my pumpkin. As long as it’s just pumpkin in that can, I’m good to go.

  • Winnie

    Absolutely gorgeous photos and the soup sounds like heaven. I adore coconut with pumpkin!

    • Trish

      @Amanda It’s just one of those things – much easier in a can, right? Thanks for reading!

      @Winnie Thanks for your support, Winnie! Love your healthy recipes!

  • Cristina, from Buenos Aires to Paris

    Pumpkin is only seasonal in France, and canned pumpkin does not exist here, so I will hurry to make and try this!! I’m intrigued by the mealnge of coconut and pumpkin !!!
    Great photos and I love the philosophy behind the blog!! Congrats !!!

    • Trish

      I know. Every time I mention pumpkin, my {French} hubby is immediately suspicious. I adore your blog, Cristina, and I’m really looking forward to following you! Cheers!

  • Michael Toa

    Hi Trish. What a beautiful soup. So comforting… especially at this time of the year.
    Thank you for the very nice comment at Chef Dennis’ blog. I look forward to reading more of your delicious posts. Bon Week-end! Michael

  • Nutrition to Kitchen

    Trish – I think we’re thinking along the same lines, because before I read your post I put coconut milk in one of my squash soups too! :) Looks delicious!

    • Trish

      @michael Thanks for reading, Michael! You are very talented. Wish you lots of success!

      @nutritiontokitchen Thanks, Tram! Great minds think alike. I’m lovin’ your recent recipes and photos. Keep it up!

  • Jason Phelps

    I have never combined pumpkin and coconut, but this is a good reason to try it. Wonderful pictures of the colors of fall in NY/NJ. I live in NH and get to watch it every year!


  • Leah @ L4L

    Gawd that looks amazing! {PS – I have photo envy!}

  • Jeanne

    I love any kind of soup when it’s in a bread bowl! Your virtual tour of autumn foliage makes me miss New England. It was great to meet you at Foodbuzz fest this weekend and I love your blog!

  • sippitysup

    The soup looks beautiful. I also love your clean and precise photography style. GREG

  • Damaris @Kitchen Corners

    I agree with you, Fall in New England is pure magic. I enjoyed meeting you. I stopped in Los Gatos on the way home for gas. Lets totally get together and hang out sometime soon.

  • Gina @ Skinnytaste

    I’ll trade with you, you can move to my home in New York, and I’ll come back to San Francisco! I wish we could have met at Foodbuzz Fest. Have a good day.

  • Carolyn Jung

    I think you’ve captured the lovely color of fall in that comforting soup. I want to dig a spoon into it this instant. 😉

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