Pumpkin, Sage & Crispy Bacon Soup

Pumpkin soup is absolutely compulsory at this glorious time of year.

It’s seasonal, delicious, hearty, good for you and so much easier than you might think.

I’ve upgraded mine a little with sage, a little kick of bacon and a sprinkle of gruyere.

Knock up your own batch this Halloweekend. It’s souper!

You’ll need:

1 small edible pumpkin (not the big carving lantern ones)

5 carrots

1 onion

4 cloves of garlic, peeled

5 rashers of streaky bacon, chopped up

Handful of sage leaves,

Sprinkle of chilli flakes

Sprinkle of thyme

Salt + pepper

Drizzle of olive oil

2 litres veg stock

Gruyere cheese (optional)

Pre-heat your oven to 200C. Peel and chop your pumpkin & onion. Chop your carrots and add the lot to a large baking tray. Toss in your garlic, sage & bacon. Sprinkle with chilli, thyme, salt + pepper.

Admire your autumnal work of art!

Drizzle with olive oil.

Chuck it all about, until it’s nicely coated.

Roast on the middle shelf for about 45mins.

Throw your gorgeous roasted veggies into a blender (eat any stragglers, especially if they’re a bit burnt… those are the best ones!)

Pureé while slowly adding your stock.

Keep pouring it in until you have a gloriously smooth, golden soup.

Now, if you like you can hollow out a carving pumpkin and use it to serve your BOOtiful creation. Or just pour it into mugs and slurp beside the fire, both are equally excellent options.

I flanked mine with fangtastic mini pumpkins.

Who all looked rather eager for a bowl of their own!

Spoon into bowls,

And top with a generous handful of grated cheese.

Let it all melt in, stir through and slurp away.

Happy Halloween!

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  • Steph Strays

    This looks amazing. I always put soup in the ‘too hard’ basket, but I think I will actually give this a try.


    • Emily Kalbun

      I know what you mean, especially when you need to roast the veggies ! But yeah, this looks perfect.

    • Sydney

      eh? soup is the easiest thing in the world! just shove a load of vegetables into a pot with some water or stock, boil for as long as you can be bothered then add some salt and pepper. whizz up if you are that way inclined. you can hardly go wrong with soup, and even better you can put it in the fridge for a few lunches/dinners, or the freezer for emergencies.
      rose’s tomato soup is a dream, and there are tons of great healthy recipes out there if you want to take it more seriously. enjoy!

  • Amy

    This is definitely happening tonight, the perfect blanket-over-the-legs, soup-slurping crisp autumn evening.

  • Happy halloween Rosie! I never thought of topping pumpkin soup off with cheese, thats a really good one! And serving it in an actual pumpkin is very cute! lovely autumn-y post 🙂


  • Holy crap! That looks amazing. I love pumpkin soup but it’s genius to add bacon to it! Is there anything better than bacon?

    xx Hailey

  • Roasted pumpkin soup is one of my favourites, just thinking about it makes me wish I was curled up in front of a log fire with a good book!
    Yours looks so great served in the hollowed out pumpkins,
    Have a great Halloween!

  • Rosie this looks delicious. I’d been looking for another pumpkin soup recipe to try & you’ve come up trumps with this one!

    Hugs xoxo


  • This will be a recipe high on my list of things to eat next week!! Along with the egg bread bowls!

  • Delicious!! I’ll definitely be trying this one minus the bacon but with extra gruyere! Autumnal veggies are so photogenic, love these photos. Happy Halloween! Tash x


  • Warms your soul! May I suggest my own li’l something for a spooky dessert afterwards? – http://theanti-tourist.blogspot.com/2014/10/halloween-recipe-bloodbath-milkshake.html

  • Bethany Youngs

    BOOOOOOO-tiful!!! Think I am going to have to do some spooky baking of my own this weekend!

  • OMG this looks lush Rosie…..! I’ve done pumpkin martini’s today over on myblondereality.com we could be the seasonal liquid diet!

  • This looks incredible and the pumpkin bowl is the cutest idea in the world! x


  • This looks soooo tasty! I’m surprised at how creamy and thick it is without adding any cream or potatoes, usually my soups end up a bit on the watery side if I go sans-cream. Lovely recipe, so festive!
    Rosie x

  • I love how it’s served in the pumpkin!!! And sage this time of year is one of my favorite flavors. Definitely making this!

    x S

  • Looks delicious! I’ve never tried pumpkin soup but this has tempted me. Happy Halloween Rosie!

    Ella xx


  • Rachel

    Great, now i’m hungry at 11.30! Looks delicious and will have to make it this weekend before all the pumpkins disappear again.

  • Laura

    Happy Halloween. I could do with this right now, as typically I’m not too well. No parties for me tonight! I never thought of using the pumpkin as a bowl- good one. Have a great night tonight. x

    Heroine In Heels

  • nom nom, it’s making me hungry just by seeing it! time to grab me some pumpkin soup!


  • marlafamilyfreshcooking

    Mmmmmm! Love this soup Rosie!

  • I read your post this morning, went out at lunch to buy the ingredients, and tonight I am going to make it 🙂



  • ahhhh my mouth is watering!! I’ve always though my mum made a good pumpkin soup now I see I WAS WRONG, I’ll never be able to eat it the same way again 🙁 Guess I’ll just have to make this and keep it hidden! 🙂

  • Looks so good Rosie! I’m having people over for lunch tomorrow so I might just have to make this for them!


  • Thank you, Rosie! This looks like the perfect autumnal dish to serve this weekend. Happy Halloween!


  • I. love. those. little. pumpkins. I love them. I love simple decorations that pack a punch. I just made some spooky cupcakes for my kiddos for our own Halloween party (too cold to go out tricking and treating) and they were super easy, but look really cool. I’ll tag you in my IG pic if you’d like to see! It seems like something you’d like. Happy Halloween!

  • arielle q.

    ummm, you pretty much had me at bacon. I love the idea of adding it to the usual pumpkin soup!

    love, arielle
    a simple elegance

  • catherine ♡

    This looks amazing! Definitely need to try this xx


  • Theresa Y.

    These little pumpkins are so funny – and great idea to use a pumpkin as a bowl! I am always inspired by your style of writing. http://www.livingtoat.com

  • Peppermint Dolly

    Fantastic Rosie, this sounds – and looks SPOOKtacular!! 😉

    Happy Halloween!!



  • Looks amazing! I’ll go scout the supermarkets for marked down pumpkins!


    Water Painted Dreams xo

  • Abby

    This looks so delicious! I have to make some!


  • i love your little jack’o’lanterns!

  • Caroline Schurman-Grenier

    I LOVE PUMPKIN SOUP. If only I had access to all these cooking facilities…. the joys of being in a residence hall…


  • Mmmm… Sage. I’m going to have to make this soon! Sounds delicious straight from the oven too!

  • Mmmm … can’t get any more autumn than that! Happy Halloween!!

  • Looks delicious. I need to try making my pumpkin soup like this. 🙂
    xo Andrea
    Wonderful and Marvelous

  • This looks delicious! Great recipe 🙂


  • Rani

    Happy Halloween Rosie!

    I was wondering if I could put in a request for you to do a review on your Chanel Boy bag? I’m thinking of buying my first Chanel but I’m not sure whether to get the classic or the boy. A post on your handbag collection would be fab to i.e. What bags do you recommend, which are worth the quality etc

    Many thanks

  • This looks incredible. I’m a bit nervous about soups a lot of the time, but this looks too good to pass up.

    Mina | creamcolouredponies.ca

  • Queenie Lee
  • Looks great – I love roasting veg before making into soup! Yum!


  • Jo Nawrat

    Just something I thought you ought to be aware of Rose. Whenever I want to share one of your posts on Facebook, it always picks a random photo from the website to go with the FB post rather than a photo that belongs with the article. Maybe you’d be able to sort that out (and I think even more people might share your posts if you do, as when I share a recipe I really want a pic of it so if it doesn’t offer me that option I decide not to share it). Awesome recipe by the way! Looking forward to making this tomorrow 🙂

  • Soup and cheese is my favourite thing! Definitely must try this spooktacular version! xxx


  • TheGivingBride

    I may have missed this one for Halloween but I’ll have to find a time to make it for fall especially since I just bought a new food processor!

  • This looks brilliant and it’s so festive too!! I’m definitely marking this for this fall. I just love the presentation.

  • The fanged pumpkins in the background are so cute! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  • Jo

    This is the most Autumnal post I’ve seen yet!! Amazing :-). And LOVE those pumpkins with the teeth!

    Love a pumpkin soup but always find cutting the pumpkin in the first place to be a huge effort!

  • saradujour

    I hope you all had a wonderful Halloween! I dressed up as Lara Croft this year. Who or what did you go as? xx

    Sara | http://www.saradujour.me

    a Toronto-based lifestyle blog filled with food, friendships, fashion, beauty, hauls, home decor, book reviews, and more!

  • Ive never had pumpkin soup! I can’t quiet believe it.

    Petite Side of Style

  • This looks and sounds amazing!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • Just found your blog after reading an article in You magazine. I’m so glad I did as I LOVE your blog and am eager to try this recipe out too!


  • I just made a pumpkin soup myself last weekend. I just roasted a few veggies (carrots, celeriac, leak, onions and ginger, of course) until they gave my nose some nice flavours. Then cut the butternut squash in pieces, took away the seed, of course, and put some water and a little white wine in the pan and bought it to the boil. I added the butternut pieces and left it on low flame for about half an hour. Then I mixed it up with a blender and spiced it with salt, pepper, and saffron and added a few frozen (but fresh ones are as well!) scampi. Switched the oven off and left it alone until the scampi were well done. It was very yummy with fresh french baguette and butter 😉

  • I’ve been obsessing over pumpkins this time of year! Love your blog as always!!


  • Lucie Robinson

    Your recipes are always so great! Will definitely have to give this soup a go, yummm. Please check out my blog. I’m currently a Nutrition student hoping to go into Health Promotion in the future. My blog is filled with healthy recipes and ideas which I hope to inspire people to see nutritious food can also be delicious. 🙂 x http://juicyluciefoods.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Agiewillow

    I love you for that pumpkin soup. Heavenly. Thank you.