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The Inn at Irish Hollow in Galena, Illinois, serves this creamy, curried soup throughout the fall and winter. You can make your own creme fraiche for the garnish, or use purchased creme fraiche or sour cream.

Source: Midwest Living


Recipe Summary

15 mins
45 mins
2 hrs
3 hrs
Makes 8 3/4-cup appetizer servings.


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • For homemade crème fraîche: In a screw-top jar, combine whipping cream and buttermilk. Cover and shake well. Let stand at room temperature for 2 to 5 hours or until thickened. Store in refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. (Or use purchased crème fraîche, available in large supermarkets.)

  • For soup: In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add onions and garlic; cook in hot butter until tender, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add curry powder, cayenne, salt and coriander. Cook and stir for 5 minutes more. Add chicken broth. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 25 minutes.

  • Stir pumpkin and half-and-half into the onion mixture. Cook, uncovered, over medium to medium-low heat about 10 minutes or until heated through. (Do not boil). Remove from heat; cool mixture slightly.

  • Using a handheld immersion blender, blend soup mixture until nearly smooth; heat through before serving. (Or let soup cool slightly. Transfer mixture, one-third at a time, to a blender or food processor. Cover and blend or process until smooth. Return soup to saucepan; heat through for serving.)

  • To serve, ladle the hot soup into warm soup bowls. Top each serving with crème fraîche and fresh parsley. Serve immediately.


If you like, serve the bisque in roasted pumpkins. Wash and dry small pie pumpkins. Cut off tops and place on a large cookie sheet. Roast in a 375° oven for 40 minutes. Fill with soup and garnish.

For restaurant-style drizzles, put the crème fraîche into a squeeze bottle (like the kind used for ketchup). Just before serving, draw a zig-zag drizzle, a spiral or even the outline of a pumpkin on the top of your soup for an artistic garnish.

Nutrition Facts

233 calories; fat 21g; cholesterol 70mg; saturated fat 13g; carbohydrates 11g; mono fat 6g; poly fat 1g; insoluble fiber 2g; sugars 4g; protein 3g; vitamin a 8843.4IU; vitamin c 7.1mg; riboflavin 0.1mg; niacin equivalents 0.4mg; vitamin b6 0.1mg; folate 16.1mcg; vitamin b12 0.2mcg; sodium 551mg; potassium 242mg; calcium 80.8mg; iron 1.1mg.