Jamaican Pumpkin Soup (Pureed)

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This Jamaican Pumpkin Soup is an adapted version of Jamaican style pumpkin soup without meat. Pumpkin soup was my family’s favorite when growing up, which my mom made weekly. Enjoy the taste of the Tropics with this delicious and easy to prepare soup! It is vegan and gluten-free.

Jamaican Pumpkin Soup (Pureed)

Jamaican Pumpkin Soup (Pureed) is one of my favorite soups, I decided to take new photos but I haven’t changed the ingredients at all because this recipe is so good, so flavorful, so memorable and comforting.

My mom would always make pumpkin soup on a weekly basis, but she always added beef, yellow yam, chayote, and dumplings. I wanted that same delicious flavor sans beef so I made this tasty version. I get to taste the delicate and sweet flavors of the pumpkin and coconut along with the robust thyme.

I find that several of my soup recipes are very popular because they are rather simple and easy to prepare. One of the easiest but amazing recipe was recently featured on BuzzFeed, as one of the recipes that their writers and editors tried and one of their favorite recipes for January 2018. It is my Cabbage Detox Soup.

I also have to make mention of my Vegan Pumpkin SoupWhite Bean Soup,  Potato Leek, Carrot & Zucchini Soup and my Broccoli Cheese Soup.

Jamaican Pumpkin Soup (Pureed)

This is obviously quicker to prepare than my mom’s version.  I also decided to break another tradition and that is we don’t normally puree our soups in Jamaica, we enjoy the pieces of vegetables cooked to perfection in our soups.

If you prefer making your soup the traditional way, go ahead and remove half of your soup, slightly cool and puree in a blender, then return the puree with remaining soup. I really love a bowl of creamy warm soup on a chilly winter day.

Instead of regular pumpkin, I used Jamaican pumpkin, also known as Calabaza, Caribbean Pumpkin, or Cuban Squash. It is bright orange with a hearty, slightly sweet flavor.

Jamaican Pumpkin Soup is a great source of vitamins and antioxidants. Great as part of the meal, with salad and bread, or by itself.

If you are living in a location where you cannot get Jamaican pumpkin, substitute with butternut squash.

Jamaican Pumpkin Soup (Pureed)

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(Per portion)
  • Energy: 194 kcal / 811 kJ
  • Fat: 10 g
  • Protein: 6 g
  • Carbs: 21 g

Cooking Time

  • Preparation: 20 min
  • Cooking: 35 min
  • Ready in: 55 min
For: 6 servings



  1. Heat oil in a large pot, add onion and garlic and saute for 4 minutes until onion is soft. Add celery and carrot, and cook until celery is soft or about 3 minutes.
  2. Add green onion, parsley, thyme, pumpkin, potato, stock, coconut milk, pepper, and allspice.
  3. Bring to boil, reduce heat to simmer and cook for 30 minutes. Remove scotch bonnet pepper and thyme sprig.
  4. Cool slightly, puree soup in batches using a blender or a stick blender. Season with salt to taste. Serve in bowls garnished with coconut milk and spring onion.


Jamaican Pumpkin Soup

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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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  1. Melina
    December 8, 2019

    Your Jamaican Pumpkin Soup is absolutely delicious. I made it with regular pumpkins and a red pepper and it tasted wonderful. Thank you very much for the recipe.

  2. Liz
    December 15, 2018

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. I was able to find Jamaican pumpkin. I did not substitute anything. Followed the directions exactly. My husband loved it. He’s had this soup in Jamaica many times.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      December 15, 2018

      Liz I’m happy you found Jamaican pumpkin, it turned out for you and your husband loved it. Thank you for sharing your feedback.

  3. Debi
    February 20, 2018

    What is Jamaican Pumpkin? I suppose one could use most any kind of pumpkin or squash.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      February 20, 2018

      Debi, it is a pumpkin but butternut squash is a great substitute.

  4. Rachel
    February 19, 2018

    These photos are gorgeous, I have butternut squash so I’m going to try it.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      February 19, 2018

      Thank you Rachel, hope you enjoy!