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Pumpkin Soup with Smoky Roasted Chickpeas

This pumpkin soup is topped with smoky roasted chickpeas and fresh thyme, making it the ultimate cozy autumn recipe for busy weeknights!

Pumpkin Soup with Smoky Roasted Chickpeas

I’m not usually a soup person. Blame it on the impatience in having to eat it one sip at a time, or my Pavlovian association between soup and being sick. But when I saw this recipe for pumpkin soup with crispy bacon and chickpeas, I decided I could probably be a soup person.

But then I remembered that I vowed to make this corner of the internet meatless. I briefly considered **asterisk-ing** that vow with *except for bacon and prosciutto, until I remember this killer recipe from Sarah over at Well and Full. With a careful combination of spices and sauces, she transforms coconut flakes into crispy mock bacon. And after the wild success that was chickpea week, I figured we could apply those flavor combinations to some roasted chickpeas! One thing led to another and this bonkers tasty, smoky, hearty, savory-yet-sweet-yet-spicy soup was born.

It’s pretty simple but let’s just go through the steps right here now so ya don’t get all turned around. Start with pumpkin. Sugar pumpkins (also known as pie pumpkins) are smaller and sweeter than the traditional jack-o-lantern variety. So get two of these (plus more if you want to be adorable and serve this soup IN THE ACTUAL pumpkin), scoop out the seeds and gunk, halve them, drizzle in some oil, and roast them for about an hour.

Pumpkin Soup with Smoky Roasted Chickpeas

At the same time, we’re going to roast a red bell pepper. This is probably one of the best flavors known to man. Just stick it directly onto the oven rack above the pumpkin (to catch any pepper-y drips), and let it blacken.

Pumpkin Soup with Smoky Roasted Chickpeas Pumpkin Soup with Smoky Roasted Chickpeas

Now’s a good time to whisk together the chickpea sauces and seasonings then mix the chickpeas into that. We won’t roast them quite as long as we did with the Roasted Chickpeas from a few weeks ago, but the concept is about the same (the concept being that these will become the very essence of the soup and also your life and you’ll be forced to go buy chickpeas in bulk to supply your exponentially growing appetite for these insy flavor vessels).

When the pumpkin is ready, we’ll swap it with the chickpeas, leaving the bell pepper in there to finish up. This brings us to the most cathartic part of this process. When the bell pepper is black (or the chickpeas are done, whichever comes first…we ain’t got all day), take it out. throw it right into a bowl, and cover it with plastic wrap. After a few minutes in the bowl, the skin should easily separate from the pepper.

Then you’ll just get some shallots and garlic sizzling in a pot and mix in the pumpkin, roasted bell pepper, a bit of vegetable stock, almond milk, and a touch of maple syrup. Puree it with whatever means you have on hand (optimally an immersion hand blender, less-than-optimally my ten year old blender that threatens to fall apart and spill its contents with every flip of the switch).

Pumpkin Soup with Smoky Roasted Chickpeas

Mix in a few seasonings to taste (salt + pepper + cinnamon + nutmeg), ladle it out, and top with the best damn roasted chickpeas you ever did taste.

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Pumpkin Soup with Smoky Roasted Chickpeas
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Pumpkin Soup with Smoky Roasted Chickpeas

This pumpkin soup is topped with smoky roasted chickpeas and fresh thyme, making it the ultimate cozy autumn recipe for busy weeknights!

Course Main Dishes, Side Dishes, Soups
Diet Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low Carb, Vegan, Vegetarian
Occasion Christmas, Thanksgiving
Time 60 minutes or more
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 8 cups
Calories 330 kcal
Author Live Eat Learn

Ingredients

Soup

  • 2 sugar pumpkins aka pie pumpkins, or 5 cups [1.2 kg] puree
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil 30 mL, divided
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 2 shallots diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 ½ cup vegetable stock 350 mL
  • ½ cup plain almond milk 120 mL
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup 30 mL
  • ½ tsp salt 3 g
  • ¼ tsp each of ground pepper .5 g, cinnamon, nutmeg

Chickpeas

  • 2 15-oz cans chickpeas 850 g, rinsed and drained
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil 30 mL
  • 3 Tbsp tamari 45 mL
  • 4 tsp sriracha 20 mL
  • 2 tsp maple syrup 10 mL
  • 1 tsp paprika 2 g

Instructions

  1. Chop the tops off the pumpkins, cut them in half lengthwise, and scoop out the seeds/stringy bits with a spoon.
  2. Rub a touch of olive oil on the inside of each, just 1 Tbsp total, then place face down on a baking sheet and roast for about 1 hour at 350 degrees F (175 C), until flesh is ultra fork tender.
  3. Set a whole red bell pepper directly onto a rack above the pumpkin. We’ll let this roast until it’s nearly black, turning it every 10 minutes or so.
  4. While that’s going, thoroughly dry chickpeas with a paper towel, removing any skins that come off. Whisk together 2 Tbsp olive oil, tamari, sriracha, maple syrup, and paprika, then gently mix in chickpeas. Spread onto a rimmed, greased baking sheet.
  5. When pumpkin is tender, remove from oven and replace with the chickpeas, leaving the bell pepper in there. Increase heat to 400 degrees F and bake about 20 minutes, shaking the chickpea pan halfway through to help them toast evenly.
  6. When the chickpeas are done, turn off the oven but leave them in there to stay warm. The bell pepper should be good enough at this point too, so take it out, set it in a bowl, cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and set aside for a few minutes to let the skin loosen.
  7. Back to the pumpkin. Scoop or peel the innards from the skins and set aside.
  8. Gently peel off the skin of the pepper, remove the seeds and stem, and chop it into chunks.
  9. In a large pot, bring 1 Tbsp olive oil to medium heat. Add shallots and garlic and cook until shallots become a bit translucent. Stir in the pumpkin, roasted bell pepper, vegetable stock, almond milk, and maple syrup.
  10. Puree using either a handheld immersion blender or, working in batches, puree the mix in a standing blender.
  11. Pour the soup back into the large pot and add salt, pepper, cinnamon, and nutmeg, being sure to taste-test for any seasoning modifications.
  12. Ladle a cup of soup into a bowl and top with a handful of chickpeas. Optionally garnish with thyme. Serve warm and with love!
Nutrition Facts
Pumpkin Soup with Smoky Roasted Chickpeas
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 330 Calories from Fat 97
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10.8g 17%
Sodium 589mg 25%
Total Carbohydrates 50g 17%
Dietary Fiber 14g 56%
Protein 12g 24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Comments (18)

  1. I love that you used the coconut bacon spices to make chickpeas!! 😀

    1. Sarah says:

      Oh they were so tasty. Your spice combo was spot on!! I’d never tried (or heard of) tamari before, and it’s quite the game changer.

  2. Linda says:

    I’ve been thinking about pumpkin soup lately … so your recipe has come at an opportune moment. I can’t wait to try your roasted chickpeas too.

    On another note, you had me laughing about your 10 year old blender threatening to spill the contents with every flip of the switch. It wasn’t too long ago that I was in the same boat with a 20 year old Oster blender. Thankfully, I was able to upgrade to a VitaMix and my blender worries are over.

    1. Sarah says:

      Roasted chickpeas are a new obsession of mine 🙂 And you’re so fortunate to have upgraded! I keep putting it off, but somehow ole bessy the blender keeps on hanging in there, so who am I to throw her out just yet? Haha

  3. You had me at chickpeas or maybe it was pumpkin…either way, this soup sounds soooo good and looks beautiful! 🙂

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks Sherri!! Let me know if you try it out!

  4. Regina says:

    This looks absolutely delicious! I am kind of a soup person, but thick and creamy ones are definitely at the top of the list!

    1. Sarah says:

      I’m right there with ya! I think the soup distain comes from the brothy nothing soups. I need some substance! Thanks for stopping by, Regina!

  5. Teresa says:

    I’m not a soup person either, but I think I will make an exception for this one! Looks delicious. I love the photos!

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks Teresa! I hope you’ll give it a go! 🙂

  6. Whitney says:

    Pumpkin soup is one of my favourite soups.. don’t like chickpeas much but you can never go wrong with some good Pumpkin soup ha 🙂

    1. Sarah says:

      If you’re not vegetarian you could sub the chickpeas for bacon. The sweet/saltiness from the chickpea topping just ties it all in, and I don’t want you to miss out! 🙂

  7. Wow, wow, this soup looks incredibly tantilizing!

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks! I hope you’ll give it a go 🙂

  8. Roasted chickpeas are the best soup toppers! Love doing that, it makes it so much more filling and adds the perfect texture. Great recipe!

    1. Sarah says:

      I’m starting to learn that they’re perfect with just about everything! And soup especially because you’re right, they just give the perfect texture and heartiness and yummm! Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Amazing pictures! I wish I could reach through the screen and grab one of these bowls! Yum!

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks Olivia!! On these days where I don’t really feel like cooking supper I wish I could too 🙂

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