Chipotle Peanut Pumpkin Soup is warming, satisfying, and perfect if you’re looking for a savory application for pumpkin. I love a good pumpkin spiced coffee, but sometimes the savory side of pumpkin is neglected when it shouldn’t be!
The soup is vegan, but feel free to make substitutions as needed. I happen to love the taste of the coconut milk in this soup, but if it’s not for you, simply swap it for some heavy cream instead. Same thing goes for the broth- I’ve used vegetable broth, but chicken or beef work too. I never stress over the exact recipe for a soup… if it gets too thick, you thin it. If it gets too salty, you thin it. See a theme? It’s pretty tough to mess up!
Ingredients needed to make Chipotle Peanut Pumpkin Soup with Spiced Pepitas
This soup packs a lot of flavor and therefore requires a few more ingredients than you might typically expect. I’ve talked about chipotle peppers in adobo before, but they are one of the key ingredients to creating the smoky flavor in this soup. You can find them in most grocery stores in the international foods aisle. Other than the chipotle peppers, here’s what you’ll need:
- Olive oil
- Yellow onion
- Chipotle chili peppers in adobo sauce
- Ground cinnamon
- Unsweetened pumpkin puree
- Vegetable broth
- Full-fat coconut milk
- Coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
- Creamy natural peanut butter (unsweetened and unsalted, if possible)
- Salt and pepper
- Fresh cilantro
To make the spiced pepitas, which are optional, you’ll need these items:
- Roasted, salted pepitas
- Olive oil
- Chipotle chili powder
- Ground cinnamon
- Ground nutmeg
Tools used to make Chipotle Peanut Pumpkin Soup with Spiced Pepitas
This soup comes together quite easily and with minimal equipment. You’ll need a sharp knife, cutting board, large soup pot or Dutch oven, wooden spoon, blender, mixing bowl, and a small skillet.
How to make Chipotle Peanut Pumpkin Soup with Spiced Pepitas
Like most soups, you’ll start by sautéing your aromatic base, which in this case consists of onion, garlic, and ginger. The recipe doesn’t call for this, but you’ll obviously need to prep those ingredients ahead of time by dicing and mincing.
Next, you’ll add the chipotle peppers plus sauce, cinnamon, pumpkin, and broth. Bring everything to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for a few minutes to let all the flavors mingle. For the creamy component, you’ll want to remove the soup from the heat and add in the coconut milk, coconut sugar, and peanut butter. Just trust me on the peanut butter, it makes this soup.
Because we need to blend the soup, I usually pause at this point and make the spiced pepitas. I like to let the soup cool so it doesn’t make the blender explode from the steam. The pepitas simply get tossed with the olive oil and spices, then warmed in a dry skillet over medium heat for a few minutes.
Blend the soup using either an immersion blender or regular blender, top with the pepitas (and cilantro, if using) and serve! It’s so delicious!
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For the Soup
2 tbsp olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, smashed
1-inch piece ginger, minced
2 chipotle chili peppers in adobo sauce, plus 2 tsp adobo sauce
½ tsp ground cinnamon
1 (14oz) can unsweetened pumpkin puree
3 cups vegetable broth
1 (14oz) can full-fat coconut milk
1 tbsp coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
¼ cup creamy natural peanut butter (unsweetened and unsalted, if possible)
Salt and pepper, to taste
Fresh cilantro, for serving
For the Spiced Pepitas
¼ cup roasted, salted pepitas
½ tsp olive oil
⅛ tsp chipotle chili powder
⅛ tsp ground cinnamon
⅛ tsp ground nutmeg
- Heat oil over medium heat in a large Dutch oven or soup pot. Add the onions, garlic, and ginger and cook until the onions are translucent, about 3 minutes. Stir frequently to avoid burning.
- Add the chipotle chili peppers, adobo sauce, ground cinnamon, pumpkin, and broth. Stir to combine. Bring the soup to a simmer, then reduce the heat to medium-low and let cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove soup from the heat and stir in the coconut milk, sugar, and peanut butter. Season with salt and pepper. Allow the soup to cool slightly.
- Meanwhile, make the spiced pepitas. Heat a dry skillet over medium heat. In a mixing bowl, combine the pepitas, olive oil, chili powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Toss to combine, then add to the hot skillet. Toss for 1 minute or so, until the seeds are warm and the spices have adhered. Set aside.
- Using either an immersion blender or high-speed standing blender, blend the soup until creamy (you may need to work in batches if using a standing blender). Ladle soup into bowls and top with the pepitas and cilantro, if desired. Serve warm.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. When reheating, be careful not to bring the soup to a boiling point. This can cause the oils in the coconut milk and peanut butter to potentially separate. Enjoy!
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