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Kabocha Squash soup is a creamy, flavorful soup that can be thrown together from a handful of ingredients in about 30 minutes.

Kabocha Squash Soup

Rich, flavorful, and velvety smooth, Kabocha Soup (かぼちゃスープ) is a modern favorite in Japan that's often eaten for breakfast along with some toasted bread. In this easy Japanese Pumpkin Soup recipe, I have a few tricks to maximize the flavor while minimizing the effort.
Course Soups & Stews
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword fall
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Vegetable
Diet Gluten-Free, Pescatarian, Vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 188kcal
Author Marc


  • 3 tablespoons cultured unsalted butter
  • 175 grams onion 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 120 grams carrots 1 carrot, finely diced
  • 700 grams Kabocha ¼ large pumpkin, peeled and sliced
  • 5 cups vegetable stock
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ cup heavy cream plus more for garnish
  • Parsley minced for garnish


  • Melt the butter in a large pot and saute the onions and carrots until they're tender and just starting to brown (about 5 minutes).
    Onions and carrots browning in a dutch oven to make Japanese pumpkin soup.
  • Add the Kabocha and continue sauteing for another two minutes.
    Sautéed Kabocha squash with onions and carrots.
  • Add the vegetable stock and cover the pot with a lid. Lower the heat and simmer the pumpkin soup until the Kabocha is tender (about 10-15 minutes).
    Stirring Kabocha squash soup with a spatula.
  • Let the Kabocha Squash soup cool down, and then add it to a blender to puree.
    Kabocha squash soup in the blender.
  • Return the soup to a clean pot and reheat. Season it with salt to taste, and add the cream.
    Stirring cream into Japanese pumpkin soup.
  • Garnish the Japanese Pumpkin soup with a drizzle of extra cream and some minced parsley.
    Garnishing kabocha squash soup with parsley and cream.



Calories: 188kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 860mg | Potassium: 530mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 5820IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 1mg