Pumpkin Bisque

Farmer Donald (photo: Tom Curran)The days are getting colder and there is nothing like a good hot soup to warm you up. Hmmm. What kind of soup should we make? Around here pumpkin bisque is a logical answer. Last week Donald brought in over 300 pounds of melon squash which can be used just like pumpkin. The blending step is a little extra trouble but definately worth it if you have a minute. This is our 2nd favorite pumpkin soup recipe.

Chop and sauté in olive oil:

  • 1 cup of celery
  • 1 cup of onion


  • 2 quarts of vegetables or chicken stock. (Set aside 1/2 cup to mix with cornstartch.)
  • About 4 cups melon squash cut in chunks (or butternut squash or pumpkin)
  • 2 potatoes cubed
  • 1/2 teaspoon of thyme or 1-2 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons of coriander (or 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon and 3/4 teaspoon cloves.)

Boil 20 min. Blend all together and return to pot. Add salt to taste and 2 tablespoons of cornstarch dissolved in the 1/2 cup chicken stock to thicken. Serve.


  1. James October 23, 2006 at 6:43 am #

    Its good to hear how successful the harvest is. Wow, 300 pounds! Thats amazing. I sure miss the great home cooking.

  2. Wilkes Team November 17, 2006 at 5:15 pm #

    Greetings Staddons!

    Just thought we’d let you know that we’re trying out this scrumptuous recipie again for dinner tonight! It is a direct result of those delicous pumpkin squashes. Thank you for passing it on!

  3. Wilkes Team Cooks January 25, 2007 at 12:00 pm #

    Well we misplaced our copy of the recipie and headed to one of our ‘favorite online resources’ for another copy of Pumpkin Bisque! We’re Looking forward to a scrum-dilly-licious dinner of pumpkin: 2nd generation crop from West Virginia. Thank you – the Wilkes Team Cooks

  4. Esther January 31, 2007 at 4:59 pm #

    Fellow cooks, It IS convenient to have an online resource. I found it so when I was babysitting in NC and wanted to make a pumpkin pie. However, I ruined the convenience by climbing over the baby gate to get into the computer room every time I needed to look at the recipe! Maybe I’ll think to print it out next time. 🙂

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