Thai Pumpkin Soup

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Even though there’s only six ingredients, this Thai pumpkin soupĀ is surprisingly flavor-filled and spicy. It’s quite different from other pumpkin soup recipes, less “fall in a bowl” and more exotic, fragrant, and sweet. It’s a surprising twist from the first bite.

Thai pumpkin soup

Red curry paste and coconut drive the exotic taste, while cayenne pepper provides the undertone of heat. It’s not an overwhelming heat – the soup is balanced to be well-spiced, not just spicy. But feel free to ramp up that cayenne if you prefer.

Perhaps best of all – this soup whips up fast. Real fast. You can go from prep to plate in 15 minutes or less. If you’re looking for a soup that’s memorable but can be pulled together in a pinch, few are better than Thai pumpkin soup.

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Thai pumpkin soup

Thai Pumpkin Soup

Exotic, fragrant, and sweet
4 from 11 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Course Soup
Servings 6 servings
Calories 191 kcal


  • 2 cans pumpkin puree 15 ounce cans
  • 1 can coconut milk 13.5 ounce can, 2 tablespoons separated
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons red curry paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 red chili pepper sliced for garnish


  • In a saucepan or soup pot over medium heat, heat the curry paste until fragrant (approximately 1 minute), then add the pumpkin puree and chicken broth. Stir until all ingredients are fully combined.
  • Cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes, then add the coconut milk (keep 2 tablespoons to the side) and cayenne pepper powder. Stir until fully combined.
  • Continue to cook the soup for another 3 to 5 minutes (stirring occasionally) until the soup is fully heated. Then ladle the soup into bowls.
  • Drizzle the 2 tablespoons of coconut milk over the soup then garnish with red chili pepper slices. Serve while hot.


Calories: 191kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 4gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 12gSodium: 590mgPotassium: 581mgFiber: 4gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 22976IUVitamin C: 29mgCalcium: 65mgIron: 5mg
Keyword Cayenne Pepper
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on August 8, 2022 to include new content.
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