Halloween Wrap up – Jack-O-Lantern Soup [Recipe]

Jack O Lantern Soup

Wondering what to do with your Jack o’ Lantern now that Halloween festivities are behind us?

Try a time tested family favorite – Orange veggie soup or as kids like to call it – Jack-O-Lantern Soup. It’s easy to prepare, loaded with healthy carotenoids, fiber, vitamins A, C, and E, and additional antioxidants.

Oh, it tastes great too.

Jack O Lantern Soup


  • 2 lbs pumpkin, peeled, diced into one inch cubes
  • 4-6 carrots, roughly diced
  • 3-4 medium sized yams or sweet potatoes, roughly diced
  • 2-3 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic (optional), peeled, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Wash the pumpkin extensively, it’s been out for a few weeks…
  2. Peel, dice and chop the veggies.Jack O Lantern Soup
  3. Heat a large pot with a heavy bottom over medium heat. When hot – add the olive oil and heat some more.
  4. Saute the veggies for 10 minutes. Add them to the pot in the following order – onions + garlic, carrots, yams, pumpkin.Jack O Lantern Soup
  5. Add water until all veggies have drowned.Jack O Lantern Soup
  6. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 60 minutes up to 3 hours, stirring occasionally.
  7. Once all veggies are soft enough to mash with a fork, remove from stove top and let cool for a few minutes. (Carrots are the last to soften.)
  8. Use a handheld mixer to puree the mix. If you don’t have one – buy, they’re usually quite cheap. But if you’re stuck, you can carefully transfer the soup to a blender and briefly pulse.
  9. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Serve hot, garnished with parsley, and optionally a tablespoon of Greek yogurt.


  • The exact quantities of veggies are not important. You can also add other squash varieties to the mix.
  • If you have chicken or vegetable stock, you can use that instead of water. It will give a slightly richer taste.
  • For some extra punch, saute some chopped ginger with the onions

What do you with your pumpkins post Halloween?

  • Samantha

    I can’t believe it never occurred to me to eat the pumpkins we carved…. I love pumpkin soup!

  • http://practicingresurrection.wordpress.com/ Bill

    Looks great! And timely. Sharing this one…