RECIPE: Spider Web Pumpkin Soup

Halloween isn’t just about the kids. It is perfectly acceptable for us adults to get involved in the fun too (yes, it is!). It is becoming increasingly popular in the UK to throw parties at Halloween.

You decorate your house appropriately, invite your friends over, everyone gets dressed up in fancy dress (for hints and tips on Halloween costumes, check this out!), a few drinks, something to eat and a good time is had by all! But what do you serve?

While finger food, snacks and sweet treats are pretty standard, you might want to make a bit more Addams Family – by which we mean a bit more formal. Picture a long dining table, covered in a table cloth, all your best china, cutlery and glasses laid out beautifully. A spooky dinner party is what we’re talking about here. 

You will, of course, decorate the table in a suitable Halloween theme too, but when it comes to the food you’re still going to want to put a twist on it. And we’re here to help! First up, the starter and this amazing Spider Web Pumpkin Soup recipe. 

Spider Web Pumpkin Soup
Serves 4
A suitably spooky starter for your formal Halloween gathering!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
For the soup
  1. 1tbsp olive oil
  2. 2 chopped onions
  3. 1kg pumpkin or butternut squash (peeled and chopped into 2cm chunks)
  4. 1tbsp mild curry powder
  5. 3 chopped garlic cloves
  6. 700ml chicken stock
  7. 150g pack of finely chopped smoked turkey rashers
For the spider's web
  1. Natural yoghurt
  2. Skewer stick
  1. Place the chopped onions in some oil in a large pan on a medium heat for about 5 mins.
  2. Add the pumpkin chunks and fry until brown. Keep stirring.
  3. Pop in the curry powder and mix well before adding the chopped garlic.
  4. Simmer for 10 mins until the pumpkin is soft.
  5. Whirl up the soup in a processor or hand-held blender, until smooth.
  6. Pour the soup into the pan, add the turkey rashers, and simmer for a few minutes.
  7. Serve in big bowl
For the Spider Web design
  1. Make a cross with the yoghurt on top of the soup and then turn 180° to make another cross, it should look like an asterix.
  2. Take a skewer and make short lines to join the asterix in a out-turning spiral.
  1. You can use tinned pumpkin for this, though you will have to adjust the cooking times at the beginning accordingly.
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