Carrot and Pumpkin Soup 3 Comments

Oct 16, 2010

This morning I woke up and found a text message from my friend Jen: see you in two hours, I’m off to the farmer’s market. While in bed, I texted her: would love a mystery bag of veggies and fruit :) Two hours later, I have one of falls first pumpkins, a cluster of bright orange carrots with their green tops, juicy red dry farm tomatoes, a bunch of kale, and colorful chard.

This carrot and pumpkin soup is inspired by my mystery veggie box, and by the gloomy San Francisco weather. Here I’ve combined, carrots and pumpkin with a heaping bright tablespoon of smoked paprika. I chose the paprika spice because of its color. Both the carrot and pumpkin are orange. I haven’t chosen a spice to add to a dish in this way, usually it’s because of the flavor, but it really works. The flavors are soft, earthy, warm and healthy which is wonderful, as it makes up for last nights fried chicken and waffles.


1 tablespoon butter
1 ½ cups diced white or yellow onion
2 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon ground paprika
4 cups chicken broth
3 cups carrots, peeled and sliced into rounds
2 cups pumpkin, peeled and cut into cubes
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper



Prep Time

30 mins

Cook Time

45 minutes


Melt the butter in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion to the pan and saute until tender about 8 minutes.

Stir in the garlic, paprika and cook for one minute. Add the chicken broth, carrots pumpkin, salt and pepper and bring soup to a boil. Simmer the soup over medium-high heat until the carrots are tender, about 35-45 minutes.

Using a blender or food processor, puree the soup until smooth.

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Soup and Thanksgiving Recipes

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Other Ingredients Used

Carrots and Butternut Squash


just tried your recipe, first time for me to try to make any soup other than chicken noodle. Tasted amazing :) thanks for the recipe!

—nazly, over 2 years ago

first time to try a proper written recipe and soup tasted amazing :)

—nazly, over 2 years ago

LOVE THIS! Yummy times ahead :)

—Julianne, over 2 years ago

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