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French Cuisine Dishes: Pumpkin Soup Recipe (Crème de Citrouille)

French Cuisine Dishes: Pumpkin Soup Recipe (Crème de Citrouille)

When the first frosts of autumn chill the air, large bright orange pumpkins are a vivid sight at local markets all over France and provide the basis for some warm and comforting soups.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Easy Recipes, Side Dishes, Soups, Starters
Cuisine French
Servings 6
Calories 138.5 kcal


  • 30 g/ 1 oz/2 tbsp butter
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed 900 g/2 lb/6 cups cubed pumpkin
  • 2 litres / 1⁄3 pints/ 8 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2.5ml/½ tsp ground cumin
  • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper Fresh parsley or chives, to garnish


  • Melt the butter in a large saucepan. Add the onion and shallots to the pan and cook for 4—5 minutes until just softened.
  • Add the potatoes, pumpkin, stock and spices to the pan, and season with a little salt and black pepper. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, for about 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  • With a slotted spoon, transfer the cooked vegetables to a food processor and process until smooth, adding a little of the cooking liquid if needed. Return the purée to the pan and stir into the cooking liquid. Adjust the seasoning and reheat gently. Garnish with the fresh herbs.
Keyword Soup recipes