So, do you want to read one of the best fall recipes you’ll ever taste? If you’re a fan of pumpkin, this is for you! Don’t worry, I won’t tell a long tale about my years in the mid 1990s making this soup with my mom in the kitchen… Sending you into a panicked search for that “Jump to Recipe” button. However, I will say, it does bring back some fond memories of us cooking together and beautiful family time. I’m craving it right now.
Truly, nothing reminds me more of fall and Thanksgiving than my mother’s sherried pumpkin bisque. I dream about it all year round but for some reason, it never seems right to make it in any other season–who knows? Because this soup mixes pumpkin with some other vegetables, the taste of pumpkin isn’t overwhelming but perfectly balanced. Anyway, here’s the recipe, get ready to bookmark it.
The Pumpkin Bisque Recipe
Sherried Pumpkin Bisque
- 1 pot or saucepan
- 1 stick blender or food processor
- 2 cups pumpkin puree make sure it's not pumpkin pie puree
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 2 stalks celery sliced
- ½ medium onion sliced
- ⅔ cup half and half
- 1 TBSP sherry
- freshly ground pepper to taste
- red pepper flakes to taste or as a garnish
- minced parsley to taste or as a garnish
- To start, wash and slice your vegetables and gather your ingredients.
- In a pot or saucepan, combine the pumpkin puree, chicken broth, celery, and onion. Then simmer, uncovered for 20 minutes, everything should be softened. If your soup thickens too much, add more broth and cover the pan.
- Using your stick blender or food processor, carefully puree your soup. I like to use the stick blender because you can do it in the same pot and it's a little less mess.
- Once blended, stir in the half and half and reheat your soup.
- Put in the sherry and black pepper and garnish with the red pepper and parsley when serving.
You can always omit the sherry, but it’s just for a quick taste, and it’s so little, I trust feeding it to kids. My kiddo loves this soup! Personally… I highly recommend doubling up the recipe. It freezes well, and you’ll want to save some for a crisp fall day. For more recipes that I’ve shared with my family, you can read an easy paella recipe or my take on bibimbap.
Let me know when you plan on trying this pumpkin bisque and your favorite fall memory!