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Spicy Pumpkin Soup - Caribbean Style

This Caribbean Style Pumpkin is the most delicious Spicy Pumpkin Soup. West Indian Pumpkin Soup is both spicy and smoky with the flavor of smoked chicken.
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Caribbean
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 257kcal


  • ½ cup Yellow split peas soaked overnight
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 lb. Pumpkin peeled and chopped
  • 2 teaspoons adobo or bouillon cube
  • ½ cup seasoning optional
  • 12 oz. smoked chicken drumsticks chopped
  • 8 oz. potatoes chopped
  • ½ Scotch Bonnet pepper
  • sprig of Thyme
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
  • Salt to taste


  • Boil split peas in a large pot of water with the garlic until soft, about 40 minutes.
  • Boil pumpkin in a pot with just enough water to cover, about 3 cups. Add adobo/ buillon or seasoning to pot, if using.
  • Cook pumpkin until soft, about 20 minutes after it comes to a boil.
  • Using a blender or by hand with a masher, puree pumpkin with the cooking water.
  • Add an additional 2 cups of water.
  • Add thyme and scotch bonnet and bring to a boil.
  • Simmer for 10 minutes until the broth is smooth and homogenous.
  • Add the smoked chicken and the cooked split peas.
  • Add the potatoes and 1 cup of water.
  • Simmer until the potato is cooked, about 15 minutes.
  • Add parsley and salt as needed. Stir to combine.
  • Remove the Scotch Bonnet pepper if you want to stop the spiciness at this point.
  • If the soup has thickened too much with the addition of the potato, add a little more water until it is the perfect thickness for you.


  • Cook the peas in an Instant Pot to reduce the cooking time.
  • Don't forget to remove the Scotch Bonnet pepper if you don't want the leftovers to continue to get spicier.
  • Don't chop the potatoes too small as you don't want them to disintegrate into the broth.
  • As the soup chills, it will thicken. If you have any leftovers, reheat with a little water added.


Calories: 257kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 335mg | Potassium: 791mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 6999IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 352mg | Iron: 9mg
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