Spicy Butternut Squash Soup served in a Carnival Pumpkin

See that darling little carnival pumpkin up there holding a delicious creamy & spicy butternut squash soup?

Just between you and me…it took moments to prepare.

Don’t tell anyone.

Sometimes it’s just necessary to dazzle without all of the hassel. Especially for the holidays.

You may already know this about me, but I’ve got a pumpkin problem -as in, I seem to collect a plethora of pumpkins every fall and every fall My Yanni says, “what on earth are you going to do with all of these pumpkins?”. And I say, “um, decorate our house with them and look at them and love them and call them George.”  He just rolls his eyes and smiles and pats me on the head in that you’re-such-a-cute-little-Wenderly way. Well this year I decided to actually do something with them. I decided to use them as darling little soup tureens. I had originally planned to roast the pumpkins & make soup with them. However, once roasted, they lost their sweet shape and there was so little flesh inside that I decided it would be easier to just embellish a store-bought soup.

Hence the dazzle without the hassel.

This is what I did. I collected a few of my cute little carnival pumpkins,

washed them with soap & water and patted them dry.

Then I cut off the tops,

and scooped out all the seeds. You may want to cut a slice off the bottom if the pumpkin isn’t sitting level. You don’t want the soup to spill.

Next I warmed up my favorite  store-bought squash soup.

Added crème fraîche for some extra decadence and creaminess,

sprinkled in some crushed cayenne, cumin and curry for some added spicy, earthy, warm flavoring.

Not to mention gorgeous color.

Next, I poured the soup into the carnival pumpkin, sprinkled a tiny bit of the cayenne, cumin and curry on top,

and added one more small dollop of creme fraiche for good measure.

Now if that isn’t the sweetest (and easiest) way to serve soup and dazzle your guests then I don’t know what is.

You can even keep the soup warm until your guests are seated.

And then peek-a-boo…

soup is served.



Spicy Butternut Squash Soup

(serves 6)

What you’ll need:

1- 32 ounce store-bought butternut squash soup
1/2 cup crème fraîche
1 teaspoon cumin- crushed
1/2 curry- crushed
1/2 cayenne- crushed
1 pinch coarse salt
1 pinch fresh ground pepper

What you’ll do:

Warm up boxed soup on the stove. Add crème fraîche, cumin, curry, cayenne and salt and pepper to taste. Wash six carnival pumpkins, cut off tops and scoop out seeds. Make sure that pumpkins are level (cut a slice off bottom if the pumpkin rolls around). Pour soup into pumpkins, sprinkle with cumin, curry and cayenne and top with small dollop of creme fraiche.

Serve & Enjoy!

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  1. Posted November 14, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    Fabulous!!! You’re so smart. Would love to use this idea for a small dinner party.

    • Posted November 16, 2011 at 8:43 am | Permalink

      This would be perfect for a small dinner party!

  2. Posted November 14, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    Genius! I’m knocking at your door. Can you hear me?

    Don’t call the cops!

  3. Posted November 14, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    Just love this idea – so festive and cute!

  4. Posted November 14, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    looks great! So pretty

  5. Posted November 14, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    These are the most inventive and adorable little soup bowls ever and you are so smart to add the little extras to the store-bought soup!

  6. Posted November 15, 2011 at 12:44 am | Permalink

    VERY cute, Wendy! :-)

  7. Posted November 15, 2011 at 3:02 am | Permalink

    What a cute presentation, I love it!

  8. Posted November 15, 2011 at 7:27 am | Permalink

    Adorable. Love it!

  9. Posted November 15, 2011 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    How cute and easy – love those little carnival pumpkins. I might even roast them so the carnival pumpkin could be eaten as part of the meal.

    • Posted November 15, 2011 at 9:42 am | Permalink

      Hi Jeanette! Great idea. I had originally planned to roast them and make the soup to put inside! However they lost their sweet shape & there was so little flesh, I opted for the store-bought embellished soup. (I should have mentioned that in my post! I just added it, thank you for the reminder!) :)

  10. Posted November 15, 2011 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    You always come up with the best ideas! Love this to pieces. I am so doing this with the boys, they like to be fancy ;D

  11. Posted November 15, 2011 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    Such a cute and easy idea!

  12. Posted November 15, 2011 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    This is such a cute idea. I am just finishing a post of butternut squash soup – I’ll link to this as a serving idea!

  13. Posted November 15, 2011 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    This is how I want all of my soups served from now on. ;)

  14. Posted November 15, 2011 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    Butternut squash is a holiday favourite, in our house!! This is such a fantastic idea for serving.

  15. Posted November 15, 2011 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    Gorgeous! Love this idea! It’s darling!

  16. Posted November 15, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    LOVE this. When I read, “curry on top” I totally started singing, “In that shiny little surrey with the friiiinge on the top!”

    Yeah, that only sort of works.

  17. Posted November 16, 2011 at 2:41 am | Permalink

    What a great idea for presenting this soup. I can totally see this on my table.

  18. Posted November 16, 2011 at 8:14 am | Permalink

    I love this idea, Wendy! What a beautiful first course to Thanksgiving!!!

  19. Posted November 16, 2011 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    Ooh, this looks lovely… The soup served in the pumpkin is so stunning. I think it’s a perfect first course for Thanksgiving dinner!

  20. Posted November 16, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    Don’t you love serving in pumpkins? It’s like a bread bowl, but better! I did a stuffed pumpkin this year…Going to have to try your soup next!

  21. Posted November 17, 2011 at 8:16 am | Permalink

    Really great idea. I saw something similar to this a long time ago and then forgot all about it. Not this time. So cute.

  22. Posted November 17, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    I had no idea these were called carnival pumpkins. I love with this presentation!

  23. Posted November 17, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    I’m with Marla, I had no idea these little beauties were called Carnival Pumpkins. I love this idea, Wendy – seriously gorgeous.

  24. Posted November 18, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    Love squash soup don’t make it often enough thanks for the inspiration! Great presentation for a dinner party. Love it.

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