West Indian Pumpkin Soup

"Has lots of spices and a little bit of heat from the scotch bonnet. Very Caribbean. Served either hot or cold, easily prepares in advance for when you need it."
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Ready In:
10 cups




  • In a mixing bowl, toss squash and sweet potatoes with melted butter, brown sugar, salt and black pepper.
  • Spread mixture onto a greased roasting pan.
  • Bake at 350F for 1-1 1/2 hours, or until tender.
  • Saute onion in oil in a large pot until tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the scotch bonnet, garlic, and ginger and cook just until fragrant.
  • Add the thyme, orange peel, curry powder, nutmeg, cinnamon stick, and bay leaves, mixing everything thoroughly.
  • When it becomes sticky, add the roasted vegetables and stir to mix, then the chicken stock, stirring to keep blending everything.
  • Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove soup from heat and allow to cool for 15 minutes.
  • Puree approximately 1/3 of the soup in a blender until it is smooth then add back to soup and stir well.
  • Add heavy cream and coconut milk and blend.
  • Reheat if necessary.
  • May also be chilled before serving up to 1 day.
  • Serve cold or hot, garnished with roasted pumpkin seeds (if desired).

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  1. discriminating tast
    I am West Indian and this flavor is very authentic. I omitted the cream and coconut milk because I too thought they might ruin the recipe. If I were to add any milk, it would be a tad of the coconut milk, to taste. However, I highly recommend making this without any cream/milk. I halved the recipe and made as listed, except for: 1) I roasted the onions along with the pumpkin/potato. It only took them about 1/2 hr to roast so I removed and kept the potatoes going for 1 hr total 2) I pureed the whole batch of potatoes (my preference), without the soup "juice". I added back in the pureed potatoes into the soup juice and then added more chicken broth to the mixture to get my desired soup texture (at first it was more like baby food and needed more liquid). This is definitely a keeper!
  2. chefJules
    Oh my gosh!! This soup is to die for!!!! You can taste everything in it perfectly and it is soooo soothing and yet bursting with all the flavors!! I am a student at le cordon bleu and we had to make a pumpkin soup that was alrady pre printed and I dind't think it would be good so I did a quick search for the perfect pumkin soup so I could out shine my class! And boy did i! I got a perfect score with this soup!!!!!! Very gourmet! The only hint I have is only use a small pinch (very small) of the minced scotch bonnet, it will give it a kick but not have you in pain!!! Please everyone make this, you will look like a pro in the kitchen!!!!!! Sue, you know what your doing, thanks!!! ~ chef jules
  3. canthelpmyself
    I can't rate this soup because when I tasted the vegetables roasted in the butter mixture I decided they were too delicious to make into soup and we ate them as is! I am planning to make a big batch of them for a family get together this weekend. Thank you.
  4. Jamie J.
    I have lived in the West Indies for many years and eaten many delicious pumpkin soups---this one is wonderful! I am NOT a good cook, but have beautiful pumpkin, herbs, peppers from my garden and so decided to try this recipe. Turned out better than I ever dreamed! THANK YOU, SUE, for this recipe. Also, thank you to West Indian cooks and others who shared their helpful tips--happily, I heeded them! (I left out the cream and used only a little fresh coconut water.) Found this recipe via "google", but just registered for this site so I could say thank you to everyone. And to encourage others to use this great recipe. Maybe I can be a good cook after all! :D
  5. Food Loving Momma
    Bearing in mind what the other reviewers had to say I too left out the coconut and cream. And having no oranges or bay leaves these were also not included. But what a gorgeous soup. It took only 30 mins to roast the pumpkin and I used my own curry mix. But the general idea of a curried sugar pumpkin soup with cinnamon is divine. I also pureed the whole thing tho the thyme stalks decided not to blend too well. My bad as my thyme bush is a little old and woody. It was meant for supper but I have eaten mine for lunch as it was too good to leave. A definite keeper - to quote your other reviewers Thanks.


  1. Sweet Baboo
    This soup was great. I, too, substituted vegetable broth for the chicken stock, and jalepeno pepper for the scotch bonnet, but otherwise made the recipe as written...will certainly make again.


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