Soupe de Potiron au Cumin (Pumpkin Soup with Cumin)

Halloween is not a traditional holiday in France, but the French sure do know their pumpkins all right! This savory pumpkin soup with a cumin twist is a good example.

Serves: 4Hands-on: 30 minutesTotal: 50 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 4


  • 1 large onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 lbs. pumpkin, peeled and cut in chunks
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. ground cumin
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 4 fresh cilantro leaves


  • In a large saucepan, cook the diced onion in olive oil over medium-high heat. Stir with a spoon until the onion is translucent, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add the pumpkin, stir well, then add salt, pepper, and cumin. Pour in the water and the chicken stock, and bring to a boil over high heat. When reaching the boiling point, reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • With a slotted spoon, take the vegetables out and put them in a blender. Add one cup of the cooking liquid to the blender, process until smooth, and pour back in the saucepan.
  • Stir well, simmer for another 10 minutes, and serve with cilantro leaves in each plate.