Pumpkin & Yellow Pepper Soup with Smoked Paprika - 3 Guiding Stars
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It’s hard to go wrong with pumpkin soup in the fall. This version provides extra depth of flavor with sweet yellow peppers and smoked paprika. You can substitute sweet paprika if that’s what you have on hand, but go for the smoked if you can. It’s worth the added flavor.


  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3½ cups chopped yellow bell peppers (about 2 large)
  • 1½ cups chopped carrots (about 2 medium)
  • 1 cup chopped onion (about 1 medium)
  • ½ tsp. smoked paprika
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 5 cups fat-free, low sodium vegetable broth, divided
  • ¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (15 oz.) can salt-free, pumpkin puree
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted, pumpkin-seed kernels, toasted
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley


  1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add bell pepper, carrot, and onion; cook until tender, stirring occasionally (10 minutes).
  2. Add paprika and garlic; sauté (1 minute).
  3. Add 3 cups broth and black pepper; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer until the vegetables are tender (20 minutes).
  4. Place one-third of vegetable mixture in a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into a large bowl. Repeat procedure with remaining vegetable mixture.
  5. Return pureed vegetable mixture to Dutch oven; stir in remaining 2 cups broth and pumpkin. Cook over low heat until thoroughly heated, stirring frequently (10 minutes).
  6. Remove from heat; stir in juice. Ladle 1 cup soup into each of 7 bowls; top each serving with about 1 teaspoon pumpkin seeds and about 1/2 teaspoon parsley. Serve immediately.
Nutritional analysis per serving: Calories 85; Total Fat 2.5g (3% Daily Value); Saturated Fat 0.5g (0% DV); Trans Fat 0g; Cholesterol 0mg (0% DV); Sodium 110mg (5% DV); Total Carbohydrate 15g (5% DV); Dietary Fiber 4g (14% DV); Total Sugars 6g; Includes 0g Added Sugars (0% DV); Protein 2g; Vitamin D 0% DV; Calcium 4% DV; Iron 6% DV; Potassium 8% DV; Vitamin C 120% DV; Vitamin A 80% DV; Copper 20% DV.
Recipe by Guiding Stars at https://guidingstars.com/recipes/pumpkin-yellow-pepper-soup-with-smoked-paprika/
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