SOUP BLISS ~ Pumpkin Apple Soup with Dried Fruit, Pine Nuts, Chile de Arbol

Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Apple Soup with Dried Fruit, Pine Nuts, and Chile de Arbol


Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Apple Soup
Dried Apricot, Cherries, and Raisins
Pine Nuts, Chile de Arbol, Creme Fraiche, Chive Blossoms

Come. Come closer. Look. Look deep into my soup… Experience the hypnotic quality of curry. Let dainty chive blossoms enchant you, let the smoky hot chile de arbol ignite your passions. This is no ordinary soup. It has the power to transport …to soup nirvana.

Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Apple Soup Recipe

Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Apple Soup with Dried Fruit, Pine Nuts, Chile de Arbol


  • 1 apple – peeled and sliced
  • 1 shallot – sliced
  • 1 t. olive oil
  • 1 t. curry powder
  • 10 oz. pumpkin puree
  • 1 1/2 c. vegetable broth
  • 1/2 c. creme fraiche
  • salt to taste

Pumpkin Apple Soup Recipe

In a medium soup pot, cook apple and shallot in olive oil until soft. Add curry and cook for another minute. Add pumpkin and vegetable broth, bring to a boil then simmer for 20 minutes. Let cool slightly then blend until smooth. Add creme fraiche and blend again. Season to taste with salt.

This soup can be served immediately – hot. Or refrigerated overnight, letting the flavors meld – and served cool. I actually prefer the cool version.

Chile de Arbol

Chile de Arbol

Break open chiles de arbol and shake out the seeds. In a small saute pan, cook chiles in olive oil over medium high heat until the chiles start to turn dark. Remove from heat but let the chiles sit in the oil to continue to flavor the oil. When the oil/chile mixture comes to room temperature, remove the chiles with a slotted spoon to paper towels. Reserve the oil for the soup garnish. Drain the chiles then chop into small pieces.

Dried Fruit, Pine Nuts, Chile de Arbol

fruit, nuts, and chile

Chop dried apricots and dried cherries into smaller pieces. Toast pine nuts in a small dry pan until golden. Toss nuts with raisins, apricots, cherries and chile de arbol flakes.

Soup Garnish

how to garnish soup

Place chile de arbol oil in a squeeze bottle.

Mix creme fraiche with a small amount of water to achieve a runny consistency. Place in a squeeze bottle.

Ladle soup into bowls. Dot with creme fraiche. Use a skewer or any pointy tool to spread the creme fraiche in a pattern. Add dots of chile oil.

Soup Bliss

Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Apple Soup with Dried Fruit, Pine Nuts, Chile de Arbol

Sprinkle the fruit, nut, chile mixture over the soup. Finish with Chinese chive blossoms.

Chinese chives in bloom

The Chinese chives in my garden are in bloom right now. The edible flowers have a definite garlicky-oniony flavor. In addition adding a touch of whimsical beauty, the savory flavor harmonizes with the sweet dried fruits in this soup.

Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Apple Soup with Dried Fruit, Pine Nuts, Chile de Arbol

Enjoy soup nirvana…

Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Apple Soup with Dried Fruit, Pine Nuts, Chile de Arbol

Fall Fest


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43 thoughts on “SOUP BLISS ~ Pumpkin Apple Soup with Dried Fruit, Pine Nuts, Chile de Arbol”

  1. Love the autumn color of the soup; love your use of the chive blossoms and chili oil; love that you’re enjoying your new Le Creuset pot!

  2. This looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it. I wish I had Chinese chives in my garden, I love the look of the blossoms on the soup. What a gorgeous presentation.
    Do you discard the chile seeds?

    1. Hi Bev- how are you? Yes I discarded the seeds, the chile is hot enough without them. Stop by again and check out the pancake with the chive blossoms, it’s so pretty.
      Miss ya, LL

  3. Very nice, Lori Lynn. Pumpkin and winter squash go well with many spices and other flavors and you chose a great combination. The surface decoration is just lovely.

  4. This looks soooooooooo wonderful. I like the big white plate, too. This looks like a soup that we can eat at a very high-quality restaurant. The decoration is amazing.

  5. This is truly DELICIOUS
    I can’t wait to make again… the coolness of the creme fraiche, the heat of the chili … all goes so well together.
    I may try to add some brown butter to the top of the soup as well next time

    1. Jackson – thank you so much for taking the time to let me know that you enjoyed my recipe. You made my day.
      Ooh, brown butter sounds like a nice addition!

  6. grateful for the share feels too small so please allow me to just copy paste what i typed under this pinned recipe… “serious props to this blogger… 1) she clearly understands flavor combinations, 2) food porn level images, 3) chile specific, 4) while i am not one for tweezer-required platings, i find that i am hypnotized by her color palette and spacing. there is enough here for a food geek to wander off and die happy. chic. sexy. delicious. ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ “

  7. What a presentation; The flavors sound rich with rustic touches, nicely nuanced between the spice and sweetness of the dish; I’m excited to try this

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