November 11, 2015 46

Caramelized Onion Pumpkin Soup with Curry Yogurt Sauce

Vegan, gluten-free roasted pumpkin soup.

Caramelized Onion Pumpkin Soup with Curry Yogurt Sauce | This creamy caramelized onion pumpkin soup is naturally gluten-free, vegan and topped with a tangy curry yogurt sauce, with a vegan option.

Last week I took some time off, and traveled out west to visit my people. It had been what seemed like an eternity or, just over four months since I saw my Denver family and friends, and nephew. In my short visit I went on a few beautiful hikes, shared a few great bomb-ass meals with my family and, finally got to meet Ashlae + catch up with Jayme over some green drinks, matcha lattes and damn good olives. It’s been six years since I packed up my apartment and left Denver. And although the city has changed drastically since I was living there, it still has my heart.

The trip was great, but we came home exhausted. Sore throats, body-aches exhausted. Since the beginning of the summer I’ve been traveling equal amounts as I’ve been home. I feel totally pushed to the limits. I’m acutely aware that such travel is a privilege, and I never want to take that for granted. But for the next few months, there’s nothing more I’d rather do than camp out in my own space. I fully intend to get the purging started. Make lots of food, and just get pretty cozy with St. Louis.

This pumpkin soup was everything I wanted. The roasted pumpkin is subtle, and if you’ve never worked with fresh pumpkin before the flavor is quite different than canned. The caramelized onions add just the right amount of richness, with hints of white wine and thyme. And the curry yogurt sauce adds a perfect creamy tang. I can see this pumpkin soup on your holiday table.

Onto the giveaway, and I’m super excited about this one! Earlier this fall, I teamed up with my friends over at Turntable Kitchen to create their November pairings box recipes. Turntable Kitchen is doing some pretty rad stuff in the music and food space. They’ve created a subscription based service that delivers you recipes, featured ingredients and music from rising artists every month. Today I’m giving away a 1 month subscription. You can keep it for yourself, or give it to someone as a gift. One of you will win:

a bag of curry madras powder
3 seasonal recipes – that I created, all vegan + gluten-free!
tasting notes
a digital mixtape
and, an exclusive 7″ vinyl from featured artist, Vérité

To enter leave me a comment why you’d love to win by 11/19 at noon Central. I will choose a winner at random, and notify them via email. Sorry folks, this giveaway is open to US and Canada readers only.

Caramelized Onion Pumpkin Soup with Curry Yogurt Sauce | This creamy caramelized onion pumpkin soup is naturally gluten-free, vegan and topped with a tangy curry yogurt sauce, with a vegan option.

Caramelized Onion Pumpkin Soup with Curry Yogurt Sauce | This creamy caramelized onion pumpkin soup is naturally gluten-free, vegan and topped with a tangy curry yogurt sauce, with a vegan option.

Caramelized Onion Pumpkin Soup with Curry Yogurt Sauce | This creamy caramelized onion pumpkin soup is naturally gluten-free, vegan and topped with a tangy curry yogurt sauce, with a vegan option.

Caramelized Onion Pumpkin Soup with Curry Yogurt Sauce | This creamy caramelized onion pumpkin soup is naturally gluten-free, vegan and topped with a tangy curry yogurt sauce, with a vegan option.

Caramelized Onion Pumpkin Soup

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Serves 4 cups

Inspired from Smitten with Squash. I haven't tested this recipe with pumpkin puree from a can, but I'm sure you could use that if you don't have time to roast your own. This can easily be doubled or tripled for an extra large batch.


  • small pie pumpkin
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium sized onion, diced small
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1 sprig thyme {just leaves}
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable stock
  • curry yogurt sauce, to garnish


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees, and line a baking sheet parchment paper.
  2. Cut the pumpkin into sections, and discard the seeds inside. Place the pumpkin pieces on the parchment paper and drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Roast for 30 minutes or until tender, flipping halfway through.
  3. While the pumpkin is roasted, heat the olive oil in a sauté pan over low heat. Sweat the onions for 5 minutes. Once the onions start to caramelized, turn the heat up to medium-high and pour in the wine, thyme, salt and pepper. Stir and scrape all the yummy bits from the bottom of the pan and continue doing so for a few minutes or until the liquid has almost completely evaporated.
  4. When the pumpkin is done roasting, scoop the flesh into a blender, pour in the onions and vegetable stock. Blend until smooth, and serve warm with a dollop of curry yogurt sauce, fresh parsley and more black pepper.

Curry Yogurt Sauce

Prep Time 1 min
Cook Time 1 min
Total Time 2 mins
Serves ½ cup

For a vegan option ditch the yogurt and almond milk, and sub in a ½ cup of full-fat coconut milk instead. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to a week. This makes a little more than you'll need. You can store the extra in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a few days.


  • 1/2 cup yogurt {see notes}
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry madras powder
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk {any milk works}
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder


  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl, and whisk together until smooth.
  2. Chill until ready to use.

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This post is in partnership with Turntable Kitchen; all opinions are my own.

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46 Responses to "Caramelized Onion Pumpkin Soup with Curry Yogurt Sauce"

  1. Reply


    November 11, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    I would love to win this giveaway so that I can regift it to a friend of mine who could really use a pick me up.

  2. Reply

    Brooke @ Chocolate and Marrow

    November 11, 2015 at 4:47 PM

    You have been traveling nonstop, lady! And I SO know that feeling of just wanting to find home, curl up, settle in. It’s funny how warm home feels after traveling so much.

    And I imagine that this soup — this gorgeous soup — would be the perfect way to get back into the swing of things. I think I’m going to have to give it a go…it has my name all over it with those flavors! ;)

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    Lily | Kale & Caramel

    November 11, 2015 at 6:03 PM

    Obsessed with this soup! I may very well make it tonight. YUM! With that curry yogurt sauce? Perfection. And I love Turntable Kitchen! They’re the bee’s knees. I remember when I first discovered them and was like…wait…this is my life! Adore what they’re doing.

  4. Reply


    November 11, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    I would love to win this to gift to my mom who would have soooo much fun with this! Beautiful soup pics- thanks so much for sharing!

  5. Reply

    Amanda Paa

    November 11, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    this soup, the flavors, the swirl! sounds like the perfect bowl to cozy up to. you colorado trip sounded great, and the little guy is the cutest! i can see why he would be one of the many reasons you’d like to move back some day. i love what you said about being grateful to travel, but also feeling like you just want to curl up at home. they both have their advantages, and our bodies need them both I think.

    as for this Turntable Kitchen collaboration – so rad! i’ve heard about their subscription boxes, and it would be so fun to try it. what better than good food + good music? i can just see myself jamming out in the kitchen while creating one of your recipes in the box. xo!

  6. Reply

    Kristina N.

    November 12, 2015 at 12:17 PM

    I’ve been following TK and lusting over their boxes, but haven’t pulled the trigger because I’m unsure it’s the right subscription for me. But I think I just need to do it — maybe with the holidays coming up? Or the one month subscription would be great to see if I love it!

  7. Reply


    November 12, 2015 at 12:48 PM

    This is making my mouth water!

  8. Reply

    Alisa Beyer

    November 12, 2015 at 12:58 PM

    Though I would love to keep, I would send it to my sister in law to earn me some brownie points. :)

  9. Reply

    Jennifer Farley

    November 12, 2015 at 1:05 PM

    These flavors are just wonderful. I love using caramelized onions but I don’t think I’ve ever paired them with soup. Brilliant. Gorgeous photos.

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    Tessa | Salted Plains

    November 12, 2015 at 10:15 PM

    It’s so nice when your travels leave you feeling full and happy but being home in your own space feels equally as comforting. Best of both worlds. This soup and that curry yogurt sauce sound like a fantastic combination! Gorgeous.

  11. Reply

    Natasha @ Salt and Lavender

    November 13, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    I LOVE your photos in this post. I went to Denver for the first time (well, the first time I wasn’t just in the airport) back in September when we went to see my first NFL game ever. I live in Canada but love the Broncos. :)

  12. Reply

    Danielle is rooting the sun

    November 13, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    Traveling can take it out of you in crazy ways, I totally understand the feeling of wanting to be in your own space again. Sherrie this soup delivers volumes to my heart! Carmelized onions and pumpkin, gathered by curry yogurt? This is endlessly comforting. A perfect autumn meal. I have major onion love (am I crazy?). xo

    Also, I’ve only briefly researched what turntable box has going on, but the pairing of new music and food is a super idea. xo

  13. Reply

    Momma J

    November 14, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    I’d love to win this! I’m changing my cooking this year, with almost an empty nest, from quantity to quality. Plus I want super healthy to keep Papa J slim and happy in retirement.
    Love your site!!

  14. Reply


    November 14, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    I’d like to win because I like learning about new recipes and I make a lot of recipes that use curry powder and I am just about out!

  15. Reply


    November 14, 2015 at 6:07 PM

    I would love to win this to gift to my coworker who loves spices

  16. Reply


    November 14, 2015 at 7:57 PM

    I would love to win because I could use some cooking inspiration

  17. Reply


    November 14, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    WOW. Wonderful post and OH MY GOSH what a fabulous giveaway! Your great recipes, interesting ingredients AND music! What is not to love and adore!

  18. Reply

    Debbie G

    November 15, 2015 at 7:52 AM

    Hello! I’d love to win because winning is fun…also I have just recently discovered curry & I love it!!!

  19. Reply


    November 15, 2015 at 12:59 PM

    Oh la la! I’ve always wanted to try TK! Soup looks delish. x

  20. Reply


    November 15, 2015 at 1:58 PM

    I would love to win this for my baby sister who is turning 30 this month!

  21. Reply


    November 15, 2015 at 7:47 PM

    Oh yes I’m so excited to win this. Love your work!!

  22. Reply


    November 15, 2015 at 7:56 PM

    I would love to win because I love food and music, and I love sharing it with others!

  23. Reply


    November 15, 2015 at 8:02 PM

    What a great giveaway! I simply LOVE curry and can’t wait to try the mixes you’re offering in the giveaway, along with the other treats. More than that, I simply adore creativity in the kitchen. What a great opportunity you are providing for that in this giveaway. Thank you!

  24. Reply


    November 15, 2015 at 8:16 PM

    What a cool idea! I’d love to win because everything on that list sounds amazing.

  25. Reply


    November 15, 2015 at 8:47 PM

    New music + new recipes… genius!

  26. Reply


    November 15, 2015 at 8:53 PM

    Your site is amazing and I just love to cook and would so enjoy sharing this with my daughter and granddaughters! Keeping my fingers crossed you pick me! Anyways I will still enjoy your Blog! Cheers!

  27. Reply

    Debbie F

    November 15, 2015 at 8:57 PM

    Your site is amazing! I love cooking and would love to win this to share with my daughter and granddaughters! Keeping my fingers crossed to win but will still enjoy your Blog! Cheers!

  28. Reply

    Anne Wallace

    November 15, 2015 at 9:12 PM

    Ok I want to celebrate the holiday in the kitchen making comfort food and listening to great tunes with my son. He lives in Myanmar and have not seen him for a year and a half so think this will be the perfect way to spend time together sharing our love for cooking and music!

    Thanks for offering the contest!
    PS we will be making that soup!!!

  29. Reply

    Susannah (Lemon and Coconut)

    November 15, 2015 at 9:19 PM

    Wow that soup looks GOOD! And your photos are stunnung xx

  30. Reply


    November 16, 2015 at 5:56 AM

    I’d love to win this subscription. It’s such a neat idea mixing food with music. I always listen to mustc as I cook.

  31. Reply


    November 16, 2015 at 7:53 AM

    Soup looks awesome! I love curry powder.. and could definantly use some, but would like to win even more because I know a friend that could use this even more then me!

  32. Reply


    November 16, 2015 at 8:42 AM

    i’d love to win because it’d be great regift for my sis who is a new mom and still wanting to cook!!

  33. Reply


    November 16, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    I am trying to change my diet to more vegan and gluten free and this will be a great kick-start!

  34. Reply

    Silex in the City

    November 16, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    I’d love to win because one of my new year’s resolutions each year is to try 1 new recipe a month. I bought a house this Summer and my goal got sidetracked a bit with all the work surrounding my move. This would help me get back on track for 2016!

  35. Reply


    November 16, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    I would love to try the box! I have several subscriptions to varied boxes becaus they are just so handy and fun! It’s a great way to try new things!

  36. Reply

    Christy Qualin

    November 16, 2015 at 4:51 PM

    Love the recipes I’ve seen here recently. As a Denver-born, but transplanted Seattle-ire, I need more soup, coffee & music in my kitchen. Hope I win!!

  37. Reply

    Fallon Nevarez

    November 16, 2015 at 8:29 PM

    I would love to gift this to my sister! She is a bit overwhelmed at the moment, and I think some music and recipes would be perfect to relax her. She loves pumpkin and curry!

  38. Reply

    Marla Hoffman

    November 16, 2015 at 8:53 PM

    I would love to win because it is always a treat to get something special for yourself when you are in the middle of shopping for everyone else!

  39. Reply

    genevieve @ gratitude & greens

    November 16, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    I have never been to Denver but I keep hearing such cool things about the city! St. Louis gets so pretty around November, with all the red leaves and the cooler weather. I’ve been roasting a ton of squash and pumpkin but have yet to make pumpkin soup. It might be time to make some pumpkin soup… it sounds so perfectly cozy! <3

  40. Reply


    November 17, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    I would love to win because I love to cook curry and try different recipes.

    Nice seasonal post–makes me hungry for more!

  41. Reply


    November 18, 2015 at 1:41 PM

    This is such a good Christmas gift! Thanks for the chance to win.

  42. Reply


    November 18, 2015 at 2:26 PM

    I’d love to have something to listen to while I’m in the kitchen!

  43. Reply

    deborah mindick

    November 21, 2015 at 1:01 PM

    WOW! just came upon your blog via Smari’ yoghurt which I adore. I am so excited to try this soup as I must have at 4 small pumpkins from our CSA and have had not any good cooking ideass. This will be a hit at my
    home because we eat soup everyday. I would love to win the prize as I am not very experienced with cooking with curry and this would be a great headstart! Thank you for your gret ideas and great give-away!
    Happy Holidays!

  44. Reply


    October 8, 2016 at 9:20 PM

    Just made this, am currently eating it and I am in love!! I did use canned pumpkin, the flavor still turned out great but the texture is a little chunky. I followed the recipe pretty closely, except for a couple things. I added some red pepper flakes for heat, and I used goat yogurt/goat milk for the curry sauce. I think the flavor it gives is tangier then regular yogurt, which was a big plus. I ended up pouring a bunch on my soup. It’s so warm and cozy and just what I needed. Thanks for this great recipe! Oh, and don’t forget some bread on the side!

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    October 23, 2016 at 8:22 PM

    OMG amazing! I made this tonight with squash instead of pumpkin. I will make this again and again.

  46. Reply

    Lauren @ The Zero Waste Memoirs

    October 25, 2017 at 4:07 PM

    So freaking delicious! I could eat this every day! In fact, I loved your recipe so much I decided to feature it in my recent roundup of recipes using seasonal October produce. Thanks again for all you create!

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