Pumpkin Soup and Homemade Crusty French Baguettes

Soup Sunday | Pumpkin Soup & Homemade Crusty French Baguettes


With fall here my cravings for anything pumpkin are in high gear. After a little searching and a flip of the coin, I picked this pumpkin soup recipe. I’ve adapted it a bit. The kids seemed to like it, but did not ask for seconds. The adults liked it much more… although I admit it didn’t taste as pumpkiny (is that a word?) as I’d had hoped. I paired it with homemade baguettes.

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Pumpkin Soup
  • 6 cups chicken stock (we used Vegetable Broth)
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • 3½ cups cubed fresh pumpkin (we used 4 cans pumpkin puree)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh parsley
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 chopped red pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • dash of nutmeg
  • 2 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream (we used frozen whipped topping)
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  1. Directions
  2. If using fresh pumpkin: Cut pumpkin into ½-inch cubes.
  3. Heat stock, salt, pumpkin, onion, thyme, garlic, and peppercorns. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 30 minutes uncovered.
  4. Puree the soup in small batches (1 cup at a time) using a food processor or blender.
  5. Return to pan and bring to a boil again. Add the parsley and nutmeg. Reduce heat to low and simmer for another 30 minutes, uncovered. Stir in heavy cream. Pour into soup bowls and garnish with fresh parsley.

This baguette recipe is quick and simple. I made the dough in the bread machine and the final two steps as directed. This is adapted from “The Best Bread Machine Cookbook Ever,” by Madge Rosenberg
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Homemade Crusty French Baguettes
Serves: 2 baguettes
  • 1-1/2 tsp. active dry yeast
  • 2-1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp. cornmeal (added to baking sheet)
  1. Add the yeast, bread flour, salt, and water in the order suggested by your bread machine manual and process on the DOUGH cycle. At the end of the DOUGH cycle, remove the dough from the bread machine and divide into 2 equal pieces. Form each piece into a round, pressing to break any air bubbles. Place the rounds on a lightly greased plate orcookie sheet, leaving room for the balls of dough to double in size.
  2. Cover with a clean bowl or kitchen towel and let rise about 20 minutes in a draft-free but not hot place. If your kitchen is chilly, the dough might need another 5 or 10 minutes to double in size. If you press the dough lightly with your finger and the mark remains, the dough is ready. If the indentation springs out again, the dough need to rise longer.
  3. Preheat oven to 375º F. Roll each ball of dough into a rope as long as the pan you are going to bake it in (cookie sheet, French bread mold, or any other long baking pan). Sprinkle the cornmeal on the pan and place the dough into the pan. (If you are using an open pan such as a cookie sheet, place the baguettes at least 4 inches apart to prevent their spreading together during rising.) Let rise again, covered, until double in
  4. size again--about 30 minutes.
  5. When the dough has doubled, spray or paint gently with cold water. (NOTE: Or leave a pan of water in the oven for the first 20 minutes of baking.) Slit the top diagonally several times with a sharp knife or single-edge razor. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, spraying with water once or twice more. (Disregard the spraying if you placed a pan of water into the oven for the first 20 minutes of baking.)





  1. Michelle F. says

    That looks really good. I love the pumpkin seeds on top.

  2. Sandy VanHoey says

    Gosh, never heard of pumpkin soup. Love pumpkin rolls during the holidays. Not sure if I’d like this one or not to be honest. It sure looks different.

  3. Richard Hicks says

    This is a new one for me..Want to give it a try for sure. It if is as good as pumpkin pie then it will be great

  4. Sounds intriguing! I have never had Pumpkin soup, I will have to try it. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Bekah Kuczenski says

    Yum! Pumpkin soup sounds like a perfect fall dish!

  6. michelle riebeek says

    This sounds delicous. I love soups and stews they are my go to family dinners in the fall/winter.

  7. Geri Fink says

    I havent tried a soup like this before. As soon as we have another cold snap, this will get put on my menu!

  8. I have never had pumpkin soup before and I am not sure if I would like it. But I know it would be good for you. I will have to try to make this for my husband and I. I love soups. Thanks for sharing. You have kids that are easier to feed than mine were.

  9. sherry moore says

    Wow this looks sooo good!!!!

  10. Jamie says

    This is the first I’ve heard of pumpkin soup! Squash soup, sure! So, I guess it makes logical sense!

  11. I can’t wait till Sunday to find out what kind of soup you are going to make. You have really inspired me to make more soup at home and all your recipes have been simply wonderful. Thank you for posting these Sunday Specials.

  12. Betsy Hartmann says

    This sounds so good. It reminds me of the time when my daughter was 10 and made a cooking video for school. She made squash soup and then served it to her class. The kids ate it, but only the teacher raved about ;>)

  13. Lisa Davis says

    This looks and sounds delicious! Love the addition of the pepitas.

  14. Interesting recipe. I recently tried The Pioneer Woman’s pumpkin soup for the first time, I wasn’t super crazy about it like I thought I would be. The next time I have a baked pumpkin (perhaps for Thanksgiving..) I will give yours a try. It seems more zesty than TPW’s.

  15. joanna garcia says

    OMG this sounds and looks sooo yummy!! will def make tonight!

  16. courtney b says

    wow that soup is to die for !

  17. Mary Dailey says

    I want to try both of these. The baguettes look fantastic, too!

  18. Maralea says

    Oh my gosh…this looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  19. Kristen says

    That looks soooo good! Perfect for a rainy Autumn day.

  20. Christina Kelbel says

    I love pumpkin soup and this sounds pretty easy and looks yummy.

  21. judy gardner says

    this sounds good, and easy enough that i might try to make it myself. the baguettes, i am not so confident about. i bet the are wonderful made from scratch, i just havent had much luck with making my own bread. thanks for sharing the recipes tho, the soup is probably one i will try!

  22. Elena says

    Looks so yummy! I am going to try this recipe

  23. christina moore says

    This looks good

  24. Sarah L says

    Never tried any kind of pumpkin soup. This one looks good.

  25. christina moore says

    I would love to try this soup

  26. Bill Elliott says

    I love pumpkin and this looks great. I will defiantly have to try this. Michigan winters are very cold and
    hot soup is great to warm you up. Thank you very much for the recipe

  27. The baguettes look very tempting….

  28. jamie braun says

    although I am not a fan of pumpkin, I must say, that soup sounds great

  29. Julie Wood says

    I never thought about making Pumpkin Soup, but this looks like a really delicious and healthy soup! The soup does not look that hard to make, but the homemade bread looks like it would be a challenge for me! But all in all this is a delicious looking meal!

  30. Kate F. says

    This sounds really good! I’ve never had pumpkin soup.

  31. Lily Kwan says

    This recipe looks very tasty. Thanks for sharing!

  32. marissa lee says

    I never had pumpkin soup.

  33. judy gardner says

    i love pumpkin but have never had pumpkin soup – thanks for the recipe!

  34. I love the idea of using pumpkin in savory dishes and soup is a great way to stay warm during the winter weather. I would love to try this!

  35. Laura Grace Andry says

    That looks delicious! I have never tried pumpkin soup, but I love soup and am always up to try something new. I will definitely give this a try. Thanks!

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