Sunny Pumpkin Rice Soup

Pumpkin rice soup is always good, especially when you stumble upon a brand new recipe for it and discover how to give the soup a different edge.

This recipe makes use of ginger, chili and rice, to give it not only an aromatic and spicy flavor, but the heartiness of rice. The recipe calls for brown rice but feel free to use white rice, basmati perhaps.

How to Serve It

Serve this pumpkin rice soup for lunch or dinner, or serve small portions as an appetizer if your main dish does not include rice. You will find this soup very simple to make. Choose how thick you want it. If it is looking too thick at any time you can add more water and stir it in well to blend it.

Garnish the pumpkin rice soup with plain yogurt or sour cream, some toasted pepitas, or even a slice of herb butter. Serve it with crusty bread if you don’t mind the extra carbs. Warm bread is best. Try to serve it quite hot for the best results.

When to Make Pumpkin Soup with Rice

You will find this soup to be a warming meal, so perhaps make it during the fall or winter. It will warm you from the inside out, and you will love how hearty and filling it is.


Sunny Pumpkin Rice Soup

This unusual soup blends pumpkin with onion, shallot, rice and even some chili to add a bit of spice. This unusual recipe is hearty enough to make a filling lunchtime treat.

  • Author: Victoria Haneveer
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Cuisine: USA (Traditional)


  • 1 1/2 pounds (680g) pumpkin flesh in 3/4 inch (2cm) chunks
  • 1 chopped shallot (or half a small yellow onion)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger juice, pressed from grated ginger
  • Handful of warm cooked brown rice
  • 1 chopped yellow onion
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 chopped serrano chili pepper
  • Salt, to taste


  1. Melt the butter over a medium-high heat in a pot.
  2. Add the onion, shallot, and chili, and some salt too.
  3. Cook for 5 minutes, then add the pumpkin and 3 pints of water (less if you like a thicker soup).
  4. Bring it to a simmer and cook 15 minutes or until the pumpkin is completely tender.
  5. Remove from the heat and puree with a hand blender until smooth.
  6. Add the ginger juice and more salt to taste if needed.
  7. Stir in the rice and serve right away.


  • If you want to add a meaty touch, stir in some cooked crumbled bacon with the rice, just before serving.
  • You can use white and/or wild rice instead or as well if liked.