#OrangeOctober Pumpkin Soup

In honor of #OrangeOctober and Halloween, I made pumpkin soup this weekend.  I first made pumpkin soup a few years ago after not getting around to carving my rather large pumpkin.  I later learned that it is much easier (and safer) to cut into and clean out a pumpkin after roasting it in the oven.

Here’s my recipe:


  • 1 pumpkin, roasted and gutted
  • 32 oz. carton of chicken stock
  • Olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped and sautéed
  • 3 celery stalks chopped and sautéed
  • 1 potato cut into large chunks
  • Cumin
  • Curry powder
  • Chili powder
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Sea salt

Preparation and Cooking

  • Pumpkin.  Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.  Wash the pumpkin, and place it in the oven on a baking sheet or foil for approximately an hour and 10 minutes.  You may have to cook it longer depending on how large your pumpkin is.  I used a small pumpkin this time and actually think the soup comes out better using a larger pumpkin.  After removing the pumpkin from the oven, wait at least 10 minutes for it to cool before cutting it in half and removing the seeds and guts.

  • Other vegetables.  While the pumpkin is cooling, chop the onions and celery and cut the potato into large chunks.  You can peel the potato if you wish, but it works either way.  Sauté the onions in olive oil on low heat in a large pot.  Once the onions are almost brown, add the celery and sauté for 5 minutes or so.
  • Soup.  Pour the entire carton of chicken stock into the pot over the onions and celery.  Add the cooked pumpkin and potato chunks.  Let everything boil until the potatoes are tender.  Place everything in a food processor and purée until everything is blended.  Then add the cumin, curry powder, chili powder, cayenne pepper, and sea salt to taste.  I never measure the spices, so have no idea how much I end up putting in.  However, I ended up sprinkling extra cumin on when I was ready to eat it.

© Sarah Milstein 2014

Hopscotch, Oakland

Marissa and I had “brunch” (at 2 p.m.) at Hopscotch in Oakland.  Hello, deliciousness!  Normally, I’m not too impressed with brunch because the food ends up tasting like something I could make at home.  Granted, I should stop ordering things I do make at home.  But this place is different.  We shared the Mushroom Benedict with jidori eggs, miso-hollandaise, and potatoes, the Avocado & Mushroom Salad with smoked salmon and a miso dressing, and the Donuts and Butterscotch Cream, each of which I would definitely get again.  It was really the perfect start before checking out the Oakland Museum.

Hopscotch is located at 1915 San Pablo Avenue in Oakland, California.  To see what else they have, check out their menus here!

© Sarah Milstein 2014