Tocqueville Restaurant
15 E. 15th St.
New York, NY 10003
(212) 647-1515


Pumpkin Soup with Mixed Mushrooms
Chef Marco Moreira of Tocqueville Restaurant – New York, NY
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Yield: 6 Servings


  • 2 medium-sized pumpkins
  • 1 medium Spanish onion, peeled and diced
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil, separated
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ pound bacon, diced (optional)
  • 1 pound mixed mushrooms (black trumpet, lobster, shiitake and white button)
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh thyme leaves

Preheat oven to 350° F. Cut the top off of one of the pumpkins and place both pieces in a shallow roasting pan with 1 inch of water. Cover with foil and roast at for 40 minutes. Remove pumpkin from oven and let cool. Scoop out flesh of pumpkin with a large metal serving spoon and set aside.

In a five-quart soup pot, sweat onions with 1 Tablespoon olive oil. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add pumpkin and chicken stock. Simmer for 1 hour. Cool and puree in blender or food processor. Season with salt and pepper.

In a sauté pan render diced bacon. Drain fat and reserve bacon on a plate lined with paper towel.

Clean the mushrooms. Sauté mushrooms in 1 Tablespoon olive oil on high heat. Season with salt and pepper.

To Serve:
Cut the top off of the second pumpkin and scoop out seeds. Before serving soup, place pumpkin in sink and fill with hot running water to warm your pumpkin.

Heat the soup and ladle into the warmed pumpkin. Garnish with wild mushrooms and bacon.

   Published: November 2005