Pumpkin and Shellfish Bisque

with Pumpkin Seed Pistou
With Pumpkin Seed Pistou
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For pumpkin seed pistou:
1 tbsp Vegetable oil
½ cup Pepitas raw
1 cup Parsley fresh, flat-leaf, chopped
½ cup Olive oil divided
1 ½ tbsp Lemon juice fresh
1 tbsp Oregano fresh, leaves
1 tsp Kosher Salt
1 clove Garlic medium
1 pinch Crushed red pepper
For bisque:
2 tbsp Vegetable oil
1 Yellow onions small, chopped
1 Pumpkin or other winter squash, large, peeled and cut into large cubes (about 4 cups)
4 cups Seafood stock homemade or store-bought
3 Fresh thyme sprigs, tied into a bundle
½ cup Heavy cream
2 tbsp Unsalted butter cubed
1 tsp Kosher Salt to taste

Nutritional information

1 bowl + 2 tbsp pistou
serving size
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Pumpkin and Shellfish Bisque


Make this scrumptious Pumpkin and Shellfish Bisque, top it with pumpkin seed pistou – and welcome to the fall season. I think this soup is everything your fall dreams are made of. It is creamy and warm, comforting and delicious. Besides, this pumpkin bisque soup recipe couldn’t be easier to make!

One of the secrets to great bisque is to start with good seafood stock (homemade or store-bought), which adds body and rich flavor to the soup. This pumpkin bisque also gets its flavor from yellow onions and thyme. Gently simmer all the ingredients together until the pumpkin turns into tender perfection, stir in heavy cream, and then blend, adding butter. Serve each portion topped with homemade pumpkin seed pistou. I have included the recipe for this pistou, too, which is easy and quick to make and seriously goes with just about everything. You can top the extras over grilled meats, pasta, polenta, or roasted vegetables.   

To make the Pumpkin and Shellfish Bisque, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for Pumpkin and Shellfish Bisque

Steps to make Pumpkin and Shellfish Bisque


Toast pepitas


In a small saucepan over medium heat, heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil and add ½ cup pepitas. Cook, stirring often, for about 3 minutes until toasted and puffed. Set aside to cool for 5 minutes.


Make pumpkin seed pistou


In a blender, combine 1 cup chopped parsley, ¼ cup olive oil, 1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice, 1 tablespoon oregano leaves, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 garlic clove, a pinch crushed red pepper, and cooled pepitas. With the motor running, slowly drizzle in the remaining ¼ cup olive oil, and process for 20 to 30 seconds until the mixture is smooth yet still textured. Transfer the pistou to a container with a tight-fitting lid. Set aside until ready to use (up to 3 hours), or store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.


Cook onions


In a stock pot over high heat, heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil. Add 1 chopped onion and cook, stirring often, for about 5 minutes until softened.


Add pumpkin and stock


Add 4 cups cubed pumpkin and 4 cups seafood stock and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.


Add thyme


Reduce the heat to medium-low and add 3 thyme sprigs tied into a bundle.




Simmer, uncovered, for about 30 minutes until the pumpkin is tender.


Stir in heavy cream


Remove the stock pot from the heat and discard the thyme. Stir in ½ cup heavy cream.




Transfer the soup to a blender. Remove the center piece of the blender lid to allow steam to escape and secure the lid on the blender. Place a clean towel over the opening in the lid. Process on high for about 30 seconds until smooth. With the blender running, add 2 tablespoons butter and process until silky and smooth, up to 2 minutes.




Transfer the soup to a clean large pot and stir in 1 teaspoon kosher salt.



Ladle the soup into bowls and top each bowl with 2 tablespoons pistou. Serve and enjoy!

While this Pumpkin and Shellfish Bisque with pumpkin seed pistou may sound like a restaurant-quality dish, it is easy to make at home. Give this recipe a go, and let us know how your soup turns out in the comments below!

Jelena is an interior designer and young mom! As a busy working mom, her time is precious so she’s always looking for a quick and efficient way to get things done. Jelena is very creative, but has a strong practical side. She loves trying new things and travels a lot, especially around Europe. The kitchen is Jelena’s safe space, where she can let her creative side out and dedicate herself to her favorite hobby - cooking!

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I tried this easy and healthy pumpkin and shellfish bisque soup recently and it was so good! Thanks!

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