Spiced Pumpkin Soup with Chamomile

featuring DHC Núñez de Prado Extra Virgin Olive Oil

INGREDIENTS (serves 6)

  • 8 chamomile tea bags
  • 6 1/2 cups water, divided
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Núñez de Prado Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons light or dark brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 can (29 ounces) pumpkin
  • 1 tablespoon salt, or to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3/4 cup sour cream or plain yogurt, for garnish (optional)
  • Sliced chives, for garnish (optional)


Bring 4 1/2 cups water to a boil; pour over tea bags; cover; steep for 6 minutes; reserve.

Sauté onion in oil over medium-low heat until soft, about 3 minutes. Stir in garlic, cumin, and cayenne, stirring constantly until mixture is aromatic, about 1 minute.

Stir in tea, remaining 2 cups water, pumpkin, and 1 tablespoon salt. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until mixture reduces and lightly coats the back of a spoon, about 20 minutes. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper.

Serve in individual soup bowls. Garnish each with a dollop of sour cream or plain yogurt and a sprinkle of chives.


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  • For a smoother texture, purée soup.
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  • Use a heavy saucepan or soup kettle to prevent soup from scorching as it simmers.