Hearty Chicken Pumpkin Soup


This easy pumpkin soup is made with chicken, pumpkin puree, chicken stock, and fresh vegetables  Cream and cheese are stirred in at the end for added richness.  The perfect fall soup!

This easy pumpkin soup is made with chicken, pumpkin puree, chicken stock, and fresh vegetables  Cream and cheese are stirred in at the end for added richness.  The perfect fall soup!

I’m ALL about this delicious soup that I’m sharing with you today.  I honestly think it should be the official soup of fall.  I avoid all things fall until I just can’t hold out any longer – I love summer way too much so I’m never in a hurry to jump into all things fall.  That being said, once I give in, I’m always happy that I did (and I feel OK giving in when it’s officially the beginning of fall this week).  So, I made my first batch of pumpkin cookies today and now I’m sharing this soup.  I think it’s safe to say that summer is over here on Wishes and Dishes. 

Pumpkin is at it’s best when it’s whipped into this creamy, cold-weather soup.  This soup is seriously good stuff.  The pumpkin flavor is pretty subtle and it can stand it’s own as a dinner.  My favorite thing about this soup is the addition of the chicken which makes it more of a filling meal, along with the veggies, and eliminates the need for side dishes, etc.  This goes great with a side of crusty bread, beer bread, corn bread muffins, etc.  These flavors just WORK.

This easy pumpkin soup can be made with canned or homemade pumpkin puree.  Enjoy!

Note: I’ve also made this in the crock pot, stirring in the cheese and heavy cream toward the end of the cooking time until it’s warmed up, and it turned out great that way, too!  I would give it 3 hours on low since everything is cooked and just needs to be warmed through.

Hearty Chicken Pumpkin Soup
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Serves: 6-8 servings
This easy soup is made with chicken, pumpkin puree, chicken stock, and vegetables Cream and cheese are stirred in for added richness. Perfect fall soup!
  • 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 3 cups cooked shredded chicken breast
  • 32 ounces reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 15 ounce can pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic salt
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  1. Heat olive oil in large dutch oven or pot over medium heat.
  2. Add onion, celery and carrots, stirring and cooking for about 15 minutes, until softened.
  3. Stir in garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Add chicken, chicken broth, pumpkin, cream, salt, pepper, garlic salt and cilantro.
  5. Stir to combine. When hot, stir in cheese to melt. Taste and season accordingly with additional seasonings if desired.

 Recipe source:  adapted from picky-palate.com


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27 Responses to “Hearty Chicken Pumpkin Soup”

  1. September 22, 2014 at 2:36 AM #

    Hearty is right, this looks so thick and warming 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  2. September 22, 2014 at 8:15 AM #

    Okay. That is the perfect, perfect way to start off Fall! 🙂

  3. September 22, 2014 at 8:52 AM #

    Delicious and creamy soup Ashley, perfect comfort food. Fall is my favorite time of the year so I am all about harvest foods and treats. Bring it on!

  4. September 22, 2014 at 8:53 AM #

    You’re right – this does sound like the perfect fall soup! I’m all about the crusty bread on the side too… 🙂

  5. September 22, 2014 at 9:05 AM #

    Fall in a bowl! Pass me a spoon!

  6. September 22, 2014 at 10:00 AM #

    HOLYCOW. I want this immediately!!!

  7. September 22, 2014 at 11:32 AM #

    I’m actually really excited about Fall being here. I will totally be adding this soup to my menu!

  8. September 22, 2014 at 11:50 AM #

    I love pumpkin soup, and I’ve never paired it with chicken. This needs to happen! 🙂

  9. Ginny McMeans
    September 22, 2014 at 2:46 PM #

    The mixture of ingredients sounds delicious!

  10. September 22, 2014 at 3:22 PM #

    Pumpkin soup is definitely one of my faves! Never tried to put chicken in it! Must try!

  11. September 22, 2014 at 4:16 PM #

    This looks delicious Ashley! I love all the ingredients you used!

  12. Lora @cakeduchess
    September 22, 2014 at 9:47 PM #

    I’m with you and am in denial that summer is slipping away. Although, I do welcome finally some cooler temps here in FL. Your soup is delightful!!

  13. September 23, 2014 at 5:23 AM #

    This soup sounds so comforting and so Fall. BTW congrats on your new blog look!

  14. September 23, 2014 at 8:37 AM #

    I love this combination of chicken and pumpkin. So delicious!

  15. September 23, 2014 at 8:54 AM #

    This soup looks and sounds completely wonderful! I do believe you’re right about it being the official soup of fall! Pinning!

  16. September 23, 2014 at 11:38 AM #

    I’m all about fall and fall soups! This soup looks like a comforting hug of pumpkin deliciousness!

  17. September 23, 2014 at 1:42 PM #

    Ashley – love the color of this delicious soup!

    • September 23, 2014 at 3:02 PM #

      Thank you, Shashi!!!

  18. September 23, 2014 at 7:44 PM #

    I LOVE pumpkin soup – and I love your touches to it to give it that extra wow 🙂

  19. September 29, 2014 at 11:23 PM #

    Minus the cream and cheese and I AM ALL OVER THIS!

  20. Super Susie Homemaker
    November 22, 2015 at 4:10 PM #

    I just made this soup for my family and everyone LOVED IT! The only modification that I made was for mine and me my husband: I added a sprinkling of ground Chipotle peppers… Added a tiny bit of heat and smoky-goodness. And the kiddos really liked the version without the peppers. Love fall food!

    • November 22, 2015 at 10:11 PM #

      So glad you liked it so much!! And great tip on adding the Chipotle peppers – I will have to try that next time!

  21. Katie
    November 15, 2016 at 1:22 PM #

    This soup looks amazing! I am going to make it for dinner tonight. One question though, my husband isn’t a fan on sharp cheeses. Are there any substitutes that you recommend?

    • November 15, 2016 at 1:56 PM #

      Any cheese will do!


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