A healthy winter soup that is kid-approved and super quick & easy to make? Yes, please!! This coconut pumpkin soup is divinely silky and has just enough spice to warm you right up from the inside. Enjoy it as a first course, as a light main dish or take it with you in a thermos and have a delightful warm snack whenever and wherever you wish!
The French have a very meat-oriented food culture. In most families there is some sort of meat on table every day and Fridays are for fish. The government actually made directives for school meal providers so that there would be at least one vegetarian meal served per week.
I try to cultivate this tendency towards reducing meat at home as well. I must admit that it’s quite tricky to accomplish with a newborn, a toddler, two young ladies of ages four and six, plus a Frenchman of my own, but I have discovered a few go-to vegetarian dishes that are accepted by everyone.
This spicy coconut-pumpkin soup was unanimously approved by the whole family. In our house the spice level changes during serving. The 9-month-old is served first. Then I add a tsp of mild curry, bring to simmer again and serve the 2-, 4- and 6-year-olds. Then I add another tsp of mild curry and serve the Monsieur. And lastly I add a tsp of hot curry and serve myself😄. If you are household who has more coherent tastes, everything will go considerably quicker!
You can thin your soup out with more water and drink if from a cup or a thermos (a wonderful on-the-go lunch idea!). For a thicker soup you can reduce the amount of water and add toppings like pumpkin seeds, grated cheese or homemade croutons to your soup bowl. If you’re not necessarily searching for a meatless meal, you can also add bacon crumbs.
Spicy coconut-pumpkin soup recipe
- 680g / 24 ounces / 3 cups of pumpkin puree (go check out my post about making homemade pumpkin puree 😉)
- 50 ml / 1/4 cup coconut milk
- 50 ml / 1/4 cup water
- 1 tbsp curry paste (mild or hot, as you prefer)
- 1 tsp salt
- Pinch of pepper
- For toppings: croutons, pumpkin seeds, grated cheese, bacon crumbs.
- Stir everything together in a pot.
- Let simmer on medium low heat for about 10 minutes.
- You can adjust the amount of water according to the consistency you’re looking for.
- Check seasoning and you’re done!
Enjoy as is or garnish with croutons, pumpkin seeds, grated cheese or bacon crumbs.
If you want more snacking inspiration go check out my list of 30 Healthy Snack Ideas for Kids so that you never run out of healthy snacks to serve!