Lisa Faulkner's warming pumpkin soup recipe

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  • healthy
  • Low-fat
  • Vegetarian
Preparation Time20 mins
Cooking Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Cost RangeCheap

This seasonal favourite is perfect as a Halloween treat or simply as a winter warming starter for your meal. Enjoy this pumpkin soup with crusty bread for real comfort food!


  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • ½tspn coarse ground coriander seeds
  • ½tsp coarse ground fennel seeds
  • 1tsp turmeric
  • 1 large red onion, finely diced
  • 2cm piece of fresh ginger, peeled and finely diced
  • 2 fresh red chilies, deseeded and finely diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely diced
  • 2 lemon grass stalks with the ends crushed
  • 2tbsp of freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1kg fresh pumpkin, peeled and cut into approximately 2cm square pieces
  • 600ml vegetable stock
  • 400ml coconut milk
  • Salt to season
  • Fresh coriander, chopped to garnish




  1. Heat the olive oil in a large solid based pan.
  2. Lightly fry the coriander and fennel seeds, and turmeric together for 2 mins
  3. Add the diced onion, ginger and garlic, and fry for a further 3-4 mins
  4. Add the stock, pumpkin, diced chilies and lemon grass, stir well, gentle bring to simmering point and cover.
  5. When pumpkin is semi soft, add the coconut milk and simmer further until the pumpkin is totally soft.
  6. Take out the lemongrass, add the lime juice, put in blender until smooth.
  7. Serve with fresh coriander to garnish
Top Tip for making Lisa Faulkner's warming pumpkin soup

Be careful not to simmer the soup for too long as it will lose it's vivid orange colour

Lisa Faulkner is the actress turned celebrity chef who won series five of the popular BBC TV show, Celebrity Masterchef. Since winning the show in 2010, she has released five cookbooks full of homely recipes that have quickly become family favorites. Born in London, she started modelling at 15 and spent time in Paris before moving on to acting at 16 years old. Lisa went on to star in some of the most well loved soaps and TV dramas including Holby City, Spooks and EastEnders. Lisa has a daughter, 13-year old Billie who she adopted with her first husband Chris Coghill. Speaking openly about her daughter, Lisa has said adopting Billie was the best day of her life, “I’ll remember that day for the rest of my life. It’s the greatest privilege to be a mother and the greatest challenge of my life and one for which I’m so grateful. Seeing my daughter develop and learn is a miracle to me.” She split from Coghill in 2011 and married Masterchef Judge, John Torode in 2019 after seven years of dating. Many of Lisa’s recipes are inspired by her mother’s own cooking - “The wonderful aromas, the knife on the chopping board and her wedding ring tinkling against her glass rolling pin as she shaped pastry. Everything that she made was delicious, and to me she was just magic.” With this in mind, she curates wholesome flavours and family favourites like fish and chips (opens in new tab), leg of lamb (opens in new tab) and delicious blueberry muffins (opens in new tab) within her collections. This taste for family cooking she brings online to her social media (opens in new tab) channels, where she shares her secret to some of the most well-loved recipes out there and offers an insight into her life with husband John. If you’re looking for tasty and nourishing recipes for your family, we’re sure to have the Lisa Faulkner recipes you’ll need to be inspired in the kitchen.