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Pumpkin Soup with Canned Pumpkin

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If you are looking for a comforting soup made with basic pantry ingredients that can also be a first course for Thanksgiving dinner, this pumpkin soup with canned pumpkin is it! It is an easy recipe that has great flavors any time of year.

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Are you ready for this pumpkin soup recipe? It might be the best thing that happens in your kitchen.

Full disclosure: I love pumpkin recipes. It doesn’t even need to be pumpkin season for me to love and make anything pumpkin.

And while I do love roasting fresh pumpkin, there is something so easy about using a can to give you a great, no prep meal.

That is why this canned pumpkin soup is one of the easiest soups you will ever make. No roasting vegetables for hours before simmering. Just simmering soup ingredients over low heat to make your house smell amazing.

This really is the perfect fall soup. But you will have to make this pumpkin soup from canned pumpkin yourself to see what I mean. It is sure to make your list of easy soups you can pull out anytime.

all ingredients laid out, ready to make pumpkin soupo

What ingredients are in pumpkin soup with canned pumpkin?

  • Chicken Broth: this gives nice depth of flavor and extra protein to the pumpkin soup recipe, but you can use vegetable broth if you prefer
  • Salt: the chicken broth will have some salt, but you need extra to bring out the flavors of the onion and seasonings
  • Canned Pumpkin Puree: a great way to get real, fresh pumpkin without cooking it down
  • Yellow Onion: diced will cook down and add flavor to the creamy pumpkin soup recipe
  • Dried Thyme: this is the best flavor to combine with chicken and savory pumpkin dishes
  • Minced Garlic Cloves: too much will over power the dish, but just the right amount cooked down makes the best pumpkin soup recipe
  • Heavy Whipping Cream: this is what gives you the creamy pumpkin soup without making it too heavy

Pro Tip: Be sure to get pure pumpkin; sometimes canned pumpkin pie filling looks the same, but they are different. Pie filling has pumpkin pie spice and everything else to make a pie. You just want a plain can of pumpkin flesh.

canned pumpkin, chicken broth, and salt added to a soup pot and mixed up

How to make pumpkin soup with canned pumpkin:

  1. In a large pot over medium heat add chicken broth, salt and pumpkin purée and mix well.
  2. Add onion, thyme and garlic and mix well.
  3. Bring to a boil and simmer uncovered.
  4. Using an immersion blender, blend soup until nice and creamy.
  5. Transfer soup back to pot (if moved) and simmer until flavors have combined and you have a nice, creamy soup.
  6. Stir in heavy cream and serve immediately.

Pro Tip: If you do not have an immersion blender, transfer soup to a high speed blender and blend this recipe pumpkin soup until it is perfectly smooth.

onion being added to soup pot

Is pumpkin soup good?

Yes this pumpkin soup recipe is really good! You don’t need to spend hours cooking down a pie pumpkin to get a delicious soup the entire family will love.

Canned pumpkin makes it easy to have a delicious soup during the fall season and during regular soup season when pumpkins aren’t as available.

I will warn you, it doesn’t taste like a pumpkin pie though. Instead of nutmeg and cinnamon we switch out the flavor with thyme, garlic and onion – turning this soup from sweet to savory!

cooked soup being blended with an immersion blender to be nice an smooth

Is pumpkin soup with canned pumpkin healthy?

Yes pumpkin soup is healthy! The chicken stock is full of protein and pumpkin has all kinds of great nutrients.

If you want to make this even healthier, you can swap the heavy cream for full-fat coconut milk instead. It will change the flavors and add a quiet coconut taste, but it will remove the heavy cream dairy that many people avoid when eating healthy.

Is pumpkin soup with canned pumpkin keto?

Yes, this recipe for pumpkin soup is keto friendly! Nothing needs to be modified to fit in a keto diet because everything is naturally low carb and keto friendly.

heavy whipping cream added to soup for a creamy texture

What to serve with Creamy pumpkin soup:

The most important thing to serve with this creamy pumpkin soup is proper soup garnish. Whether that is toasted pumpkin seeds, a swirl of maple syrup, a dash of curry powder and coconut cream, fresh cracked black pepper, or caramelized onions, all good soups have a great garnish.

When looking for companions for this soup, we recommend a few of our favorites!

Salads: Roasted Butternut Squash Salad, Cold Greek Pasta Salad, Roquefort Salad, Mexican Street Corn Salad or Brussel Sprout Salad.

Breads: Dimple BreadSweet Potato Yeast Rolls, 2 Ingredient Biscuits with Self Rising Flour, Icebox Rolls, Maple Syrup Cornbread, or Pumpkin Shaped Rolls

You can’t go wrong with a great main course like chicken, turkey, or pork. This works as a great side for any of your favorite fall recipes.

smooth creamy soup is ready to serve in pot. A wooden spoon scooping a portion out

Can you make pumpkin soup with canned pumpkin ahead of time?

Yes you can make this easy pumpkin soup ahead of time. If you make it the night before, do not add the heavy cream.

Instead, the next day when you heat it up, add the cream right before serving it for the first time. That will keep the consistency of the soup fresh.

side view of two bowls of pumpkin soup

How to store leftover pumpkin soup with canned pumpkin:

If you have leftover soup, store your pumpkin soup in an airtight container in the fridge. It will keep fresh for 3-4 days.

Can you freeze pumpkin soup with canned pumpkin?

Yes you can freeze this canned pumpkin soup! If you are planning to freeze this recipe for pumpkin soup, leave the heavy cream out. Add it after reheating right before serving.

If you have more than you can eat and want to freeze leftovers that already have cream mixed in, that will work too. Just be sure to store them in a freezer safe container and use within 1 month of freezing for best results.

top view of three bowls of pumpkin soup. Front bowl has a piece of bread sticking out of it.

Can dogs eat pumpkin soup ?

No, dogs cannot eat pumpkin soup from canned pumpkin because we added garlic and onions to this dish. Both of those are toxic to dogs and are not safe for them.

bowl of soup with a spoonful being held above.

Looking for more Delicious Soup Recipes? Try these!

This recipe is so delicious that no one will realize you made pumpkin soup with canned pumpkin. It’s a perfect recipe to have in your pocket (or your pantry!) when you need a quick soup.

Yield: 4 Servings

Pumpkin Soup with Canned Pumpkin

bowl of soup with a spoonful being held above.

This Pumpkin Soup with Canned Pumpkin is SO EASY and the perfect way to use up leftover pumpkin. Flavorful, savory and perfect for a fall day.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes


  1. In a large soup pot add chicken broth, salt and canned pumpkin.  Mix well.
  2. Add onion, thyme and garlic. Mix well.
  3. Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes uncovered.
  4. Using an immersion blender, blend soup until nice and creamy.  If you do not have an immersion blender, transfer soup to a high speed blender and blend.
  5. Transfer soup back to pot (if moved) and simmer 30 minutes longer
  6. Stir in heavy cream and serve immediately.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 552Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 1682mgCarbohydrates: 107gFiber: 24gSugar: 46gProtein: 19g

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Monday 18th of December 2023

Could you use turkey broth?

Num's The Word

Tuesday 23rd of April 2024

If it sounds good, go for it!


Tuesday 26th of September 2023

I needed a way to use up some leftover pumpkin, so I cut the recipe in order to accommodate what I had left. SO GOOD!


Thursday 9th of November 2023

Great idea Lynn! So glad you enjoyed it!


Tuesday 26th of September 2023

Oh my, we loved this soup! Creamy, light, and so delicious!!


Thursday 9th of November 2023

So glad you enjoyed it Kathi! Thank you for the kind comment!

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