Spicy Jamaican Pumpkin Soup

  • serves 6
Christine Cushing
Christine Cushing

I tasted this delicious soup on my first trip to Jamaica, years ago. Ever since, I've been trying to recreate it. You can make it anytime Jamaican pumpkin is available. I go to Caribbean specialty stores or markets. You can also use our pumpkin or squash as a substitute, although it's not quite the same. Take it easy on the Scotch bonnet chile. It's smoking hot!.

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Directions for: Spicy Jamaican Pumpkin Soup


2 Tbsp butter (25 ml)

1 Tbsp olive oil (15 ml)

2 large shallots, chopped

2 green onions, chopped

1 carrot, chopped

2 stalks celery, chopped

2 clove garlic, chopped

2 bay leaves

3 sprig fresh thyme

⅒ tsp ground allspice

fresh scotch bonnet chile or chipotle chile

4 cup chicken stock (1 L)

Salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste

1 lb(s) Caribbean pumpkin ( about 4 cups chopped ) or butternut squash

juice of ½ lime

½ cup coconut milk, optional ( 125 ml)


1. In a large pot, heat butter and olive oil on medium high. Add shallots, green onions, carrot, celery and garic and sauté until soft and just golden.

2. Add remaining ingredients, except lime and cream. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer, covered for about 45 minutes or until pumpkin is tender.

3. Season the soup with salt and pepper. With a hand blender, puree until smooth. Return to medium heat and bring to boil.

4. Add the lime and coconut milk and simmer for a few minutes, just to develop flavour.

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