Pumpkin Chamomile Soup with Cayenne

Pumpkin Chamomile Soup with Cayenne

Pumpkin Chamomile Soup with Cayenne

I found this recipe in the back of my DHC catalog. DHC stands for Daigaku Honyaku Center – (DHC) Corporation. They’re based in Tokyo, Japan and sell cosmetics and health food supplements.

Anyway, I thought this would be a great near-Halloween dinner so tonight we played this Zen Meditations CD, lit a Patchouli cone incense and ate dinner. I paired the soup with Okonomiyaki Pizzas (Japananese Pizza) and even though the soup needed a lot of seasonings at the table, it was dang good. (I actually cut this recipe in half, but this is the original.) Serves 6. Enjoy!


8 chamomile tea bags. – Health benefits of chamomile tea.

6 and a 1/2 cups – water

1 – large red onion, chopped

2  Tablespoons –  Olive Oil

3 – garlic cloves, minced

1 and 1/2 Tablespoons – Ground Cumin. Here’s the health benefits to eating Cumin.

1/8 tsp.- cayenne pepper (optional.) 17 benefits of eating cayenne pepper.

1-  large can real pumpkin, not pie filling (29 ounces.) The benefits of eating pumpkin puree. 

2 Tbsp. – packed brown sugar

1 Tablespoon – salt (or less while cooking and added to taste at the table)

Ground pepper to taste

Sour cream or plain yogurt – dollops on top of each bowl, (if desired)

Pumpkin seeds – optional (store bought or your own roasted from your pumpkin this Halloween) Here’s 9 Health Benefits from eating Pumpkin Seeds.

Chives (also optional)


Bring 6 and 1/2 cups of water and 8 chamomile tea bags to a boil.

Steep for 6 minutes, squeeze excess water from tea bags and discard.

In another pan, saute onion in oil over medium-low heat until soft. Stir in garlic, cumin and cayenne, stirring constantly until fragrant.

Stir in hot tea, pumpkin and salt and simmer on low heat until it reduces and coats the back of the spoon when stirring about 20 minutes.

Season with salt and pepper after tasting.

Serve in individual bowls and dollop with sour cream, chives and pumpkin seeds.

Happy Halloween!

Last year's Halloween Pumpkin

Last year’s Halloween Pumpkin

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