Cheesy Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin soup


  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 1½ white onions, diced
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • 1 potato, diced
  • 500g pumpkin, diced
  • ½tsp brown sugar
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • ¼tsp cumin
  • 1tsp smoked paprika
  • Pinch turmeric
  • 500ml vegetable stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 180g bread, cut into cubes
  • 80ml olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • Salt and freshly-ground black pepper
  • 2 Primula Light Cheese tubes
  • 1tbsp pumpkin seeds (shop-bought or homemade)
  • Coriander, chopped
  • 1tbsp spring onion, chopped

Served with homemade croutons, it’s the ultimate comfort food with a creamy twist! If you’re carving up a Halloween pumpkin with the kids or grandkids, it’s a great way to use up any leftovers…

Serves: 4
Cooking time: 1hr
Preparation time: 15min

  1. Add 2tbsp of olive oil to a large kitchen pot over a medium heat. Add the onion, carrot, potato, and pumpkin and cook for 2-3min.
  2. Season with brown sugar, nutmeg, cumin, smoked paprika and turmeric. Cook the vegetables for another 3-4min, stirring occasionally, until they soften and brown.
  3. Pour the stock over the vegetables. Add the bay leaf and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 30-40min.
  4. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 200°C, Fan Oven 180°C, Gas Mark 4. Place the bread cubes in a large bowl and set aside.
  5. Heat the olive oil and garlic in a small saucepan over medium heat until the garlic turns golden and becomes fragrant for about 4-5min. Be careful the garlic doesn’t burn, or it will change the taste. Remove the garlic from the oil.
  6. To make the croutons, drizzle the oil over the bread cubes and toss to coat. Scatter onto a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 10min in the oven or until golden, flipping occasionally. Remove from the oven and add back to the bowl. Toss with the parsley, season to taste and set aside to cool.
  7. When the vegetables are cooked, season to taste, take the pot off the heat and blend the soup until smooth.
  8. Return the blended soup to the pan, and simmer over a medium heat. Stir in one tube of Primula Light Cheese. Warm for 2-3min, then serve hot.
  9. Garnish the soup with homemade croutons, pumpkin seeds, coriander, spring onion and Primula Light Cheese for extra cheesy goodness.

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