For pumpkin season and any day of the year, pumpkin soup is a genuine delicacy. What makes pumpkin soup even more impressive is that it is super easy to prepare. Moreover, combining a wide range of sides is very easy. So, what to serve with pumpkin soup?
Pumpkin soup goes great with different kinds of bread, fish, meat, salad, and toppings. It mixes well with salty and sour and makes an excellent base for a dessert.
When you have so many choices, as is the case with pumpkin soup, you are bound to stumble upon some pretty bad options and let your festive meal go to waste. So, in the following paragraphs, I will give you some ideas on how to combine pumpkin soup to enjoy every spoonful to the fullest.
What Bread Goes With Pumpkin Soup?
Brad and pumpkin soup are a match made in heaven. The bread soaks in the creamy and rich pumpkin soup, creating tastier bread and a tastier pumpkin soup, so a win-win. Several bread types go perfectly with pumpkin soup. Below are some ideas to give you a starting point.
Greasy, spongy, and amazingly flavorful focaccia bread goes heavenly with pumpkin pie. Although it isn’t neutral-tasting but rather noticeably salty and herb-flavored, it rubs a little off the pumpkin soup, making each bite incredibly delicious.
You can make your own focaccia at home or buy it ready-made; in each case, ensure it is warm when you serve it with your pumpkin soup.
Crumbly, flavorful, sweet, and with a delightfully grainy texture, cornbread is an excellent addition to pumpkin soup, and if some of the bread falls inside the bowl, even better. It is also very easy to make, so you will have no trouble finding your way around it.
Sourdough bread is delicious, but if you decide to pair your pumpkin soup with it, you need to plan, as it needs up to 12 hours to sit in the fridge. Therefore, start it the day before so you can enjoy it with your pumpkin soup.
Spongy on the inside and crispy on the outside, sourdough bread makes a delicious addition to pumpkin soup. It isn’t too flavorful, so what sourdough bread brings to the table is texture and lots of it.
Thick, aromatic, and flavorful, rye bread isn’t only a delicious pumpkin soup addition but also suitable for you. Warm it up and smear a thick layer of butter on it. As the butter absorbs into the bread, it will slightly alter its texture, making it more flexible and less crumbly.
The earthy notes of the rye bread greatly augment the pumpkin soup’s flavors, turning it into a very colorful experience.
Milk, airy, soft, sweet, and spongy brioche bread is somewhere between bread and dessert. Paired with pumpkin soup will create delightful gentle, and refined results. I would advise you to buy it ready-made as it is pretty complicated to make.
Don’t warm it up before serving, as it works much better when cold.
What Meat Goes With Pumpkin Soup?
Pumpkin soup and meat go great together. The creamy texture of the pumpkin soup allows for a meaty addition to the dish. Moreover, meaty sides uniquely enrich the pumpkin soup.
It is only appropriate to open this list with turkey meat. Juicy turkey slices are all you need to make your pumpkin soup experience even more perfect. In any shape and size, turkey is a very welcomed addition to your pumpkin soup, adding flavor, juiciness, and a bit of magic,
Pork is the black suit among the meats. Roasted with rosemary and a few garlic cloves, it will easily fit with a wide variety of meals, including pumpkin soup. Fatty, juicy, and incredibly flavorful and aromatic, a few pork slices on the side might be just what you need to make our festivities even more special.
A juicy meatloaf is one of the best meat pairings for pumpkin soup. It is flavorful, aromatic, and slightly spicy, adding that edge the pumpkin soup sometimes lacks.
A few tiny and delicious meatballs glimpsing at you from your pumpkin soup is an indescribable delight you must experience. That recognizable meatball smoky flavor transfers onto the pumpkin soup, making it even more flavorful.
On the other hand, the sweetness of the pumpkin soup will penetrate nicely into the meatballs, delightfully balancing all the flavors.
Chicken breast marinated in honey and balsamic crème is an absolute delight. Paired with the pumpkin pie delicacy, they create an incredibly rich and playful flavor combination. Feel free to cook the chicken breast any way you like, grilled, fried, or even deep-fried; they work great.
What Salad Goes With Pumpkin Soup?
Pumpkin soup goes great with many salads. Given its cream texture, it pairs quite nicely with crunchy salads.
Arugula and Goat Cheese
Arugula and goat cheese is the closest thing to perfection. Topped with balsamic cheese and seasoned with black pepper, this salad is great to counter the cream and soft pumpkin soup. With just two simple ingredients, this salad infuses life and playfulness into the pumpkin soup without overwhelming the flavor but still leaving a powerful mark.
Spinach and Almond Salad
The edgy spinach paired with the crunchy almonds, seasoned with salt and pepper and topped with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, creates a taste beyond delicious. The sweetness of the pumpkin soup and its discrete earthy notes result in a very memorable pumpkin soup experience and a delicious and healthy meal.
Although it sounds strange, red beans are an excellent salad ingredient. Mixed with parsley and olive oil and just a few drops of balsamic crème, the result is just heavenly. Bean salad, in combination with pumpkin soup, makes a great creamy and grainy texture, further enriching your holiday table.
Cabbage and Seeds Salad
This two-ingredient salad has only grated cabbage and a handful of mixed seeds seasoned with salt, olive oil, and vinaigrette. It will not only counter the texture of the pumpkin soup but will inject it with unique cabbage freshness and crispness.
If you like experimenting, top your pumpkin soup with the cabbage and seed salad and have both simultaneously.
What Dessert Goes With Pumpkin Soup?
Our pumpkin soup experience wouldn’t be complete without a dessert. Luckily pumpkin soup goes amazingly with a wide selection of desserts.
There rarely is a dish that blueberry muffins don’t go with. Fortunately, pumpkin soup falls in the lucky majority, and blueberry muffins fit perfectly with it. Soft and crumbly, they are the golden medium between creamy and solid, creating a perfect transition from soup to dessert.
Another playful and easy dessert to give your pumpkin soup a proper send-off. Sweet, delicious, and full, monkey bread perfectly complements the aftertaste left by the pumpkin soup, allowing it to linger a bit longer.
Chocolate mousse carries on the creamy note already established by the pumpkin soup. It gradually builds on the pumpkin soup’s sweetness and earthiness. A few spoons of chocolate mousse will allow your pumpkin soup to set and round up your rich meal.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
The texture contrast does not only go with both textures mixed together, but it also works charmingly well when mixing two textures subsequently. The chocolate chip cookies mild, gentle, and discretely chocolaty flavor creates a fantastic continuation of the notes already established by the pumpkin soup.
Maple Syrup Pancakes
This idea list wouldn’t be complete without the old classic maple syrup pancakes. Add whipped cream to the maple syrup-covered pancaked and chocolate shavings, and enjoy a warm and wholesome dessert.
What Topping Goes With Pumpkin Soup?
Even though pumpkin soup doesn’t need to be topped, enriching it is never a bad idea. Even the simplest toppings work, but so do some more complex ones. Take your pick from the ideas below and enjoy.
Parsley, Garlic, and Mushrooms
Fry the mushrooms and garlic and then blend them together to create a puree-like consistency. Carefully place them on top of your soup and add a few parsley branches as a garnish and flavoring ingredient. This is a great way to enrich your pumpkin soup and is very easy to make.
Carrot and Olive Pesto
Blend carrots and olives together and add some parsley for extra flavor. Since blended raw carrots turn out a little coarser and you can still feel the pieces, they will inject a nice crunch into your pumpkin soup. The olives are there to add some edge, and the parsley’s job is to add color and freshness to the whole story.
Melted Cheese and Scallions
Melt some cheese with heavy cream and make a swirly on your pumpkin soup. Add some finely chopped scallions and set everything for a minute or two. You will love the enhanced creaminess with the extra crunch.
Coconut cream is a classic pumpkin soup topping, and for a good reason, too- it never goes out of style. The particular tasting notes of the coconut cream complement the specificities of the pumpkin soup fantastically. You will end up with a creamier and gentler soup, filled with flavor and very aromatic.
Although known for its use in Mexican cuisine, salsa salad is an excellent topping for pumpkin soup. Fresh and zesty, containing peppers, onions, and tomatoes, it will bring playfulness and enthusiasm to your pumpkin soup.
What Fish Goes With Pumpkin Soup?
Although pumpkin soup and fish aren’t the best of friends, certain kinds of fish can be excellent pumpkin soup companions.
Cod fillet is not that fishy fish, so it won’t overwhelm your pumpkin soup with its intensity. Moreover, it is very receptive to flavors; therefore, whatever you season it with, that is what it will taste like.
So, season it with your favorite spices and grill it nicely. It will be an unusual but very enjoyable experience.
Salmon is one of the least fishy types of fish. Buttery and nutty, with a soft, almost creamy texture, it will perfectly complement your pumpkin soup. I recommend you have a cold salmon fillet, as that way, the flavor is more expressive, and the combination of the pumpkin soup and the salmon is even better balanced.
Whitefish is a bite fishier than the other fish mentioned in this section, but it made its way on this list for having a very tender yet firm consistency impacting the taste of the entire combination. If you like mixing different flavors, this idea is the one for you.
Grilled or fried trout is the way to go for pumpkin pie. Garnish it with parsley, lemon, and garlic, and enjoy each bite combined with a spoonful of pumpkin soup. The trout is a very delicious fish, with just a hint of fishiness that won’t dominate the flavor but slightly intensify it.
Pumpkin Soup With Salsa Salad
- 600 g butternut pumpkin cubed
- 3 cloves garlic
- olive oil
- 1 onion
- 3 cups warm stock
- ½ tsp chili oil or ½ finely chopped chili
- salt and pepper
- 2 large tomatoes cut into bite-size pieces
- ½ large green bell pepper chopped
- ½ large red bell pepper chopped
- 1 jalapeno pepper chopped
- ½ sweet red onion chopped
- ½ tsp salt
- Preheat the oven to 392 °F.
- Place the butternut pumpkin and garlic on a baking tray and drizzle with some oil. Roast the pumpkin for about 30 – 40 minutes until cooked.
- Sweat the onion in some oil and fry until softened.
- Add cooked pumpkin and sweat for 5 minutes more. Add the stock and let it simmer for 5-10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
- Remove from the heat and puree the soup.
- In a large bowl lightly mix the tomatoes, green and red bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, and red onion until combined well.
- Sprinkle with salt and mix.
- Serve the soup with salsa salad topping.