November Recipe – Pumpkin Porter Soup

For this month’s recipe, I decided to enter the Royal Foodie Joust competition.  They stipulate that you need to create a recipe to include three ingredients – pumpkin, porter or stout beer, and sugar!  Well, I happened to have just purchased an organic pumpkin from Jay Hill Farms, had a couple of bottles of Breckenridge Brewery Vanilla Porter in the fridge, and had sugar on hand.  Given that, I just couldn’t resist trying.

Since this is a competition, and if you like the soup, I would appreciate you casting your vote for my soup!  You can go to the Royal Food Joust.  I believe if you go to this link:,5.0.html  to vote for me… thanks!!!

Hope you enjoy this fall soup!

Pumpkin Porter Soup


3 qts      Chicken broth

1              Pumpkin, medium, cut into 1 ½ “ pieces

3              Cloves Garlic, whole, skins removed

3 T          Butter or ½ olive oil / ½ butter

1              Sweet Onion, chopped

2 tsp      Celtic Salt

2              Yellow Bell Peppers, chopped

12 oz      Vanilla Porter Beer (I like Breckenridge Brewery)

1 tsp      Sugar

1 ½ tsp  Aleppo Red Pepper flakes[1]

 1 tsp     Smoked Spanish Hot Paprika[2]

¾ C         Crème Fraiche


Additional Aleppo flakes

Grated Parmesan Reggiano


In a 5 quart pot, bring to boil the chicken broth, pumpkin and garlic.  Cook until the pumpkin is tender, about 15 minutes.  Once tender, puree all in food processor or blender and return to pot.

Meanwhile in a medium sauté pan, melt butter.  Add onion, 1 tsp salt, and yellow bell peppers.  Sauté over medium heat until the onions and peppers are soft, about 20 minutes.  Place all above ingredients in a food processor or blender.  Blend until smooth.  Add to pumpkin/chicken broth pot.

Stir in beer, sugar, Aleppo flakes, paprika and crème fraiche.  Bring to boil then reduce heat to simmer.  Simmer for 5-10 minutes.  Serve in bowls.  Top with additional Aleppo and parmesan.

Serves 6 people, first course

[1] You can use regular pepper flakes but might need to decrease amount as they are hotter.  I get mine through Savory Spice Shop.

[2] Can use regular paprika or this is also available at Savory.

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