Pumpkin soup makes a nutritious and satisfying meal. It’s inexpensive to prepare and packed with flavour. This spicy Thai pumpkin soup is made extra special with the addition of red curry paste, aromatics and by finishing it off with fresh lime and a touch of coconut cream.
Some soups take hours of soaking and simmering ingredients to create their rich deep flavour but his one can be ready in just over half an hour if you take the shortcut of using prepared or purchased stock and Thai red curry paste. If you prefer to make those from scratch we have some tips on that too.
I love this for a winter’s lunch or easy supper with crusty bread rolls warm from the oven. It’s very versatile and can easily be dressed up for company or prepared in a hurry as a comfort food if you’re feeling a bit down or think you might be coming down with a cold.
While chicken soup is a more traditional choice when you are feeling a bit under the weather, pumpkin soup is an excellent alternative. Mum would make it for us to cure all kinds of ill’s and I’m sure that explains why I still find it so comforting today.
A bowl of basic pumpkin soup is always good but this spicy version takes it up a notch. Teaming the vegetables with a kick of chilli and garlic make this spicy Thai pumpkin soup a winner for flavour and it’s a great immunity booster too.
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There’s a lot to love about pumpkin
Not only is pumpkin a versatile and delicious vegetable but it provides a good range of nutrients and other benefits as part of a balanced diet.
These are just a few reasons to consider adding more pumpkin to your diet.
- It’s high in fibre which is linked to positive weight management, gut health and heart health
- It includes 3 types of antioxidants; alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and beta-cryptoxanthin. These help to protect the body’s cells from damage by free radicals
- It contains beta-carotene which your body turns into an abundance of vitamin A. Vitamin A strengthens your immune system helping it fight infections, promotes healthy skin and it also supports eye health as we age.
- It’s also packed with vitamin C further helping the immune system by increasing the production of white blood cells
- And as a final bonus, it’s low in calories being comprised of up to 94% water depending on the variety you choose.
You’ll find a wide range of pumpkins that can be grown successfully in Australia and are available through our markets or grown from seed in your home garden. Most of these will work well in this soup, my regular choices are Kent (also called Japs), the Queensland Blue or even the Butternut which I believe is technically a squash but cuts and cooks like a pumpkin despite its unusual hourglass shape.
Spicy Thai Pumpkin Soup Recipe
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