Pumpkin & Lentil Soup

I guess there are hundreds of ways how to make a pumpkin soup! This is one of my favorites since it requires only one pot and when it comes to boil you are free (if you have good pot otherwise – stir occasionally). I think this is a super simple & delicious recipe.


Pumpkin & Lentil Soup

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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One-Pot wonder



  • 1kg pumpkin flesh cubbed
  • 2 onions diced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2/3 cups lentils
  • 1 liter vegetable broth
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • pinch of thyme (optional)


    1. Sauté the onion and garlic in a large pot with the olive oil over medium heat until the onions are soft and transparent.
  1. Add pumpkin and red lentils. Stir to combine and add broth.
  2. Place a lid on the pot, turn the heat up and allow it to come to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, turn the heat down and simmer on low for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Using a potato masher (or for smooth texture – hand blender) mash the soup to desired consistency. Taste for seasoning. Serve (with/without sour cream).




43 thoughts on “Pumpkin & Lentil Soup

  1. Looks good. Lots of free pumpkins tomorrow. The only way I’ve eaten them before is sliced and laid on the ‘plita’ – the hotplate on the traditional wood-fired heater/cooker in Romania – till they’re soft. The lentils would make it for me. Good for a dull, grey miserable day like today. As it’s our ‘veggie’ day tomorrow I may try it.

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      1. I got the pumpkin today. I take your advice about making more spicy. I think I’ll give it a ‘curry’ taste – turmeric, coriander, cumin and ginger, maybe a little chilli. I’ll let you know how it goes. Interesting about the plita.

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        1. It sounds nice blend of spices! I would skip cumin – the name at itself gives me creeps 🙂 I hate (I know it’s strong word) cumin! What ever works with lentil, works with this soup!


      1. Well, as you will have seen in two of my recent posts, I hate it too! In fact a blogger friend in London published a recipe with mushrooms and I suggested I’d make it with toadstools (poisonous) and forcefeed any ‘trick or treaters’ who come calling 😈 . She said she’d do the same. Seriously, it’s horrible and displacing genuine traditional festivities, ours being on 5 Nov. What date is the Latvian one you mention, also 31 Oct?

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        1. NO! November 10! I think I need to blog about… but I’m not sure I know all the details about this day! I need to google and ask my mom! It was forbidden to celebrate 25 years ago when we were part of USSR! All our traditions are down the drain when “comercial stuff” comes in 😦

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          1. I have never seen this day ‘celebrated’ in Britain; this may be because we have a very English ‘celebration’ on the 5th November. I have seen Martinmass celebrations in Germany, specifically around Dusseldorf. One I attended 3 or 4 years ago went like this: before the day the children made lanterns with a candle inside, though some of them had the easy option of a bought lantern. They paraded through the streets with the lanterns, some in fancy dress. They were led by a man on a horse. It ended with a big bonfire somewhere in the town.

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  2. I may have to try this one to see if I can get my husband to eat pumpkin. He is not a fan of winter squashes unless you make it into a pie. I love squash in almost any form. So maybe next weekend Pumpkin Lentil Soup!

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        1. Where are you from!? Cause it feels like USA is in love with “trick or treat”. And I don’t know why people keep trying to do it here in Latvia… I don’t know any who likes halloween – except those who get loads of candy – kids.


            1. All clear the same here in Latvia! But isn’t halloween an Irish “thing” that once took over USA!? I’m confused, cause this thing is something new in our country! I hope no one came to you!!!

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        1. In Latvia apple cider is always alcoholic. It’s a drink called cider 😉 But I heard that cider isn’t alcoholic drink in other countries. I would call it fresh apple juice of home made apple juice – that is cold-pressed and heated to store for winter. Thank you for your answer!


          1. Oh! Apple cider in a grocery store here is just an unprocessed fresh juice. Most people buy a clear yellow juice with no pulp and it is called apple juice – very popular :). But I prefer foods as close to natural as possible and still safe to eat – a fine balance sometimes.

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    1. If you do, let me know how do you liked it! But I’m warning.. if you really don’t like pumpkins… then you might not like a little pumpkin taste in this one too…


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