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Pumpkin Soup with Chili Cran-Apple Relish

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 45 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 25 min
  • Yield: 8 first course, 4 entree servings
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1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, 1 turn of the pan

2 tablespoons butter

1 fresh bay leaf

2 ribs celery with greens, finely chopped (save time and purchase celery already washed, trimmed and cut into sticks, this makes chopping fast work)

1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped

Salt and pepper

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons poultry seasoning or 2 teaspoons ground thyme

2 teaspoons hot sauce, or to taste

6 cups chicken stock

1 (28-ounce) can cooked pumpkin puree

2 cups heavy cream

1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg


1 crisp apple, such as McIntosh or Granny Smith, finely chopped

1/4 red onion, finely chopped

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1/2 cup dried sweetened cranberries, chopped

1 teaspoon chili powder

2 teaspoons honey

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Heat a medium soup pot over medium to medium high heat. Add the oil and melt the butter. Add bay, celery, and onion. Season the veggies with salt and pepper. Cook 6 or 7 minutes, until tender. Add flour, poultry seasoning and hot sauce, to taste, then cook flour a minute. Whisk in chicken stock and bring liquid to a bubble. Whisk in pumpkin in large spoonfuls to incorporate it into the broth. Simmer soup 10 minutes to thicken a bit then add in cream and nutmeg. Reduce heat to low and keep warm until ready to serve.
  2. While soup cooks, assemble the relish: combine apple, onion, lemon juice, cranberries, chili powder, honey and cinnamon.
  3. Adjust seasonings in soup and relish and serve soup in shallow bowls with a few spoonfuls of relish.