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Tasty Tuesdays: Spicy Pumpkin and Split Pea Soup

By October 18, 2011April 15th, 2018General Updates

It seems like pumpkins are everywhere you turn during this time of year: Pumpkin lattes, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin beer, pumpkin pie etc. Why not eat your pumpkins for dinner too?

Many of us at Mackoul & Associates are huge fans of the Pumpkin Spice Latte (also known as “Fall’s Favorite Drink”). Because of this, I knew we had to try this Spicy Pumpkin and Split Pea Soup recipe after seeing it in an email from Self Magazine. Not only does it provide a healthy dose of Vitamin A from the pumpkins and fiber from the peas, but at 228 calories per serving it is a great option for a warm and soothing fall dinner. And we know how great comfort foods can make us feel on a crisp fall evening!


Spicy Pumpkin and Split Pea Soup

Serves 6

  • 1/4 teaspoon saffron threads
  • 10 cups (2 1/2 quarts) chicken broth
  • 1 1/4 cups dried yellow split peas
    (These can be purchased at any large grocery store, but probably won’t find them at a smaller, specialty store)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 6 cups peeled, seeded and cubed pumpkin (from a 3- to 4-pound pumpkin)
  • Minced fresh parsley



  1. In a large metal spoon or a small pan, heat saffron over low heat about 10 seconds until dry, then grind to a powder with the back of a spoon and steep in 1 tbsp boiling water to release flavor (about 1 minute).
  2. Bring broth, peas, and onion to a boil in a large soup pot over high heat.
  3. Reduce heat to low and simmer, partially covered (30 to 40 minutes).
  4. Stir in oil, cinnamon, ginger, spoonful of saffron, and pumpkin. Bring to a boil, then reduce to low and simmer, partially covered, stirring occasionally (about 1 hour).
    The soup is done when the pumpkin begins to fall apart and the peas are tender.
  5. Salt and pepper and sprinkle with parsley.

Nutrition Information: 228 calories per serving, 5.4 g fat (0.4 g saturated), 35.4 g carbs, 11.2 g fiber, 12.8 g protein

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