Pumpkin and Black Bean Soup Recipe

Soup is the Perfect Way to Use Leftover Pumpkin or any Other Root Vegetable

Winter is the perfect time to make soups with squash and root vegetables. The weather is cold, the nights are dark and what you really crave is a nice hot comforting bowl of soup. For an easy family meal, what better than a simple slow cooked pumpkin soup that can be served any time and needs little effort to make.

Not only is this delicious soup meatless it's also very economical and cheap to make. Perfect for when you are on a tight budget but still need to feed your family.

What if you don't like pumpkins or it's not pumpkin season? I also make this soup with sweet potato, butternut squash or even just carrot, parsnip or potato. It's a great way to use root vegetables and black beans at any time of year.

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This is a really easy soup recipe to follow. Just throw everything in the slowcooker and it will be ready a few hours later. If you don't have pumpkin you can also use sweet potatoes or butternut squash. As it is slowcooking, some of the colouring from the black beans will come out and slightly dye the pumpkin. Don't worry about this, it just makes the soup even more approprate for Halloween. Who needs pretty food anyway?

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  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Cook time: 8 hours
  • Ready in: 8 hours 10 min
  • Yields: 4

Ingredients

  • 6 tbsp dried black beans
  • 1/2 small pumpkin
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 bell peppers
  • 2 chilli peppers
  • Stock
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. 1. Rinse and soak the dried beans in water overnight before beginning the soup.
  2. 2. Chop up all the vegetables.
  3. 3. Put all the vegetables and seasonings in a slow cooker.
  4. 4. Cover all the vegetables with stock.
  5. 5. Leave to cook for approximately 8 hours.
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Other Recipe Ideas for Cooking with Pumpkin

Or Sweet Potato or Squash

Well, making pumpkin pie is an obvious one, but there are so many other ways of using pumpkin. It's such a versatile vegetable as it can be used in both sweet and savoury dishes. The downside is that it does just appear around Halloween and is then not seen again until the next year. This means it can be difficult to decide what to do with it. So, if you don't want to make pumpkin soup, here are a few more recipe ideas to get you thinking. If you are inspired by these recipe ideas but just don't have any pumpkin, don't worry, butternut squash and sweet potato make great alternatives.

1. Make a pumpkin curry. It's delicious Thai style with coconut milk.

2. Instead of making a carrot cake, use the same method to make a pumpkin cake.

3. Put it in a tagine. It goes well in a vegetarian or meat one.

4. Mix it with other root vetetables and mash it as a side dish.

5. Rub it with spices and roast it in the oven. Works as either a side, a starter, or a snack.

6. Put it in a Spanish omelette instead of potato.

7. Add it to a lasagne or other pasta bake.

8. Make a pumpkin and sage risotto.

9. Add to hearty winter stews and casseroles.

10. Roast, blend and add lots of spices to make an interesting dip.

11. Put it in a gratin.

12. Slice thinly and make it into tempura.

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These are Just a Few Ideas. There are Loads More. What Recipes do you Make with Pumpkin? 7 comments

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Mamabyrd 4 years ago

I love pumpkin cheese cake!


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kristalulabelle 3 years ago from Wisconsin

I love making pumpkin cookies!


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Fox Music 3 years ago

Pumpkin Bread, Cookies and Pies


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momsANDkids 3 years ago

Let me give this a try.

Thank you.


anonymous 3 years ago

My grandaughter is vegan, this is perfect for her.


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Diana Wenzel 3 years ago from Colorado

Pumpkin bread!


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amandascloset0 2 years ago

Pumpkin cheesecake pie. My husband literally can't get enough.

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    More Pumpkin Recipes - Find delicious pumpkin recipes

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    Do you Like Pumpkin in Sweet or Savoury Dishes? - I love savoury pumpkin but I suspect I might be in the minority

    Sweet or Savoury?

    Sweet of course!

    amandascloset0 2 years ago

    I've always preferred sweet but am really looking forward to trying this soup recipe of yours. I may have to change sides soon.


    Jogalog 3 years ago

    @Diana Wenzel: That's funny because I don't think I've ever actually eaten a sweet pumpkin dish!


    Diana Wenzel 3 years ago from Colorado

    Not sure I've ever had a savory pumpkin dish.


    anonymous 3 years ago

    Pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, etc.


    Fox Music 3 years ago

    Definitely Sweet


    kristalulabelle 3 years ago from Wisconsin

    I would say I like pumpkin in both sweet and savory dishes...but I like sweet BETTER!


    Mamabyrd 4 years ago

    I haven't tried many savoury dishes


    Jogalog 4 years ago

    @anonymous: I've never had pumpkin ice cream but I've got an ice cream maker so I might try it.


    anonymous 4 years ago

    I like pumpkin-flavored ice cream and cookies.

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      Savoury for me!

      yania227 3 years ago

      I generaly prefer savory dishes.


      anonymous 3 years ago

      Both, but I prefer "savory".


      anonymous 3 years ago

      Serve up a savory pumpkin sambar (lentil dish) for me! :)


      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      I like both but I especially like pumpkin soup.

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        RinchenChodron 4 years ago

        I think I'll try this recipe - it sounds very tempting!


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        Jogalog 4 years ago Author

        @RinchenChodron: I hope you like it- let me know if you do try it.


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        shellys-space 3 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

        Wow! The Pumpkin and Black Bean Soup in the slow cooker looks so easy!


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        JohnTannahill 3 years ago from Somewhere in England

        Well I will be greeting guests at my despicable restaurant and serving all kinds of frightful things - toads, snails and eels. Your soup sounds a lot more inviting.


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        kristalulabelle 3 years ago from Wisconsin

        This looks so delicious!


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        BobZau 3 years ago

        This looks tasty, I'll have to give it a try sometime. By The way I added a link to this lens from my "top-ten-best-pumpkin-recipe-websites" lens. Thanks for playing.


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        Jogalog 3 years ago Author

        @BobZau: Thank you so much.


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        Fox Music 3 years ago

        Thanks for sharing this delicious lens "Pumpkin and Black Bean Soup Recipe"


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        knitstricken 3 years ago

        I've been looking for just such a recipe. Thank you!


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        ismeedee 3 years ago

        The soup looks great, even if it isn't winter any more!


        anonymous 3 years ago

        The soup really looks good.


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        Diana Wenzel 3 years ago from Colorado

        I just bought some pumpkin ingredients, so you can be sure I'll be trying this wonderful soup. Thanks for the recipe.


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        smine27 2 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

        I just had pumpkin today. Simply steamed with a bit of salt.


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        Faye Rutledge 2 years ago from Concord VA

        This sounds like a great idea for Halloween! We always have Chili Beans at our Halloween party. Thanks for your visit and comment to my How to Cook Pinto Beans in a Crock Pot lens. :)


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        amandascloset0 2 years ago

        baked pumpkin seeds, pumpkin bread and usually a pot of chilli.

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