Saffron and Roasted Pumpkin Soup

A delicious and healthy soup smooth like silk prepared with roasted pumpkin flavoured with garlic, nutmeg, oregano, sprinkled with lightly toasted green pumpkin seeds and served laced with saffron

  • COURSE: Soup
  • PREPARATION TIME: 10 minutes
  • COOKING TIME: 30 minutes
  • SERVES: 04 pax.

Ingredients and Quantity

  • Olive oil, - 10 ml.
  • Red pumpkin- 1.5 kg
  • Yellow onion, sliced-01 no.
  • Garlic cloves, pressed or minced-08 nos.
  • Saffron Broiled- 01.5 gm.
  • Nutmeg, grated-1/4th tsp.
  • Cumin powder- 1/4th tsp
  • Ground dried oregano- 1/4th tsp
  • Saffron Broiled- 02 gm.
  • Vegetable stock- 05 cups
  • Salt- to taste

For Garnishing

  • Green Pumpkin seeds (Pepitas) , lightly toated-20 gm.
  • Saffron, Broiled- ½ gm.


  1. Preheat the oven to 400◦ degrees F and line a baking sheet. Peel, scoop the pumpkin seeds and cube the pumpkin. Keep the pumpkin seeds aside and it may be used for some other recipe.
  2. Brush olive oil over the flesh of the pumpkin cubes, sliced yellow onion and garlic cloves. Place it in the baking sheet for 20 minutes. Set it aside to cool for a few minutes.
  3. With a blender, blend the pumpkin flesh, Sliced Yellow onion, garlic cloves, broiled saffron, nutmeg, cumin powder, ground dried oregano and freshly ground black pepper. In a nonstick soup pan add the puree and pour in the vegetable stock. Add salt. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes, to give the flavors time to fuse in.
  4. Taste and adjust seasonings if required. Ladle soup into individual soup bowls. Sprinkle pepitas over the soup, lace it with broiled saffron and serve very hot.