Pumpkin Soup With Curry and Basil

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins

My sis and me came up with this soup one day, cause we had to use up some fresh basil so that it would not go to waste. Its an unusual combination, but very tasty. Spicy and warming with a fresh green touch from the basil. I hope youll enjoy it! :) You may use any pumpkin/squash you like, but please note that hokkaido squash has an edible peel. If your squash does not, make sure to peel it.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 4 -6 teaspoons curry powder (use as much as you feel youd like)
  • 1 big garlic clove, minced
  • 3 small spring onions, sliced
  • 1 medium hokkaido squash, diced (ca. 950 g prepared)
  • 1 13 liters hot water, might need more
  • salt and pepper
  • 10 leaves fresh basil, chopped


  1. Heat oil and sesame oil in a big cast iron pan.
  2. Add curry powder and garlic. Saute for a minute or so until curry is fragrant and garlic lightly browned. Add onions and squash/pumpkin and saute a little longer.
  3. Pour over enough hot water to cover veggies. Let simmer covered for about 30 minutes until squash/pumpkin is tender (This step might take longer depending on what type of squash/pumpkin you use).
  4. When everything is done, puree soup to desired consistency using a hand-held blender. You might need to add more water.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Just before serving add a tbs or so of the chopped basil to each bowl of soup.
Most Helpful

WOW great soup I used butternut pumpkin (ended up with 1.5k of pumpkin) so upped the rest of the ingredients by half again (used 7 teaspoons of a hot madrass curry). The DS and I enjoyed this as our dinner (the DS polished of 2 large bowls and me 1 and still had 8 cups worth left over for the freezer) along with Bacon Scones. Thank you Lalaloula for a great pumpkin soup, made for Everyday a Holiday.

I'mPat August 16, 2010

I followed Andi's lead and used canned pumpkin. It really made this soup easy to put together for dinner guests. Since I was using canned pumpkin, I opted to use vegetable stock for additional flavor. The curry adds a nice zip. Everyone really enjoyed it. I may add a dollop of plain yogurt to the center next time around. Made for *Soups On* in the Diabetic Forum.

PaulaG January 10, 2010