Sunday, October 7, 2012

Monty's Pumpkin Soup #SundaySupper

Autumn is a magical time of year!  Here in Wisconsin, it feels like such a short season.  Typically, we swing from temperatures in the 90s to temperatures in the 30s in a matter of two weeks!  Fall is what happens in that two week window. 

During this season, the air is crisp, colors are vibrant, kids are enchanted by hayrides and cider, and the harvest yields its heartiest of goods--- pumpkins, gourds, and squash.  It's "All Things Orange" no matter where you look!  This week, the #SundaySupper crew is featuring this delightful color!  Orange!

The very first thing I thought of was the warm Pumpkin Soup that I used to savor at Monty's Blue Plate Diner in Madison, Wisconsin.  Monty's was the restaurant I missed the most when I moved away from Madison.  For years, I searched online for their recipes-- and then Lo!  I discovered an entire cookbook of Monty's favorite dishes!  Pumpkin Soup is the very first recipe in that cookbook.  It's so simple to make, yet the flavors of the pumpkin, celery, and cinnamon play together so well that it seems like one could have spent all day simmering these flavors together.

  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 4 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1- 28 oz can pumpkin (not spiced)
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups milk


In a large (6 quart) stock pot, saute the onion and celery for 10 minutes on medium heat until tender.  Add all the other ingredients except for the milk.  Bring the mixture to a boil.  Reduce the heat to low and simmer for one hour.  Stir in the milk and simmer for an additional 10 minutes.  Serve.

After you've made some soup, make sure to stop by the rest of the #SundaySupper pages to see what Orange items are being cooked up. 

Sunrise (Breakfast and Brunch)
Paula from Vintage Kitchen Notes is bringing her Orange Ricotta Pancakes
Erin from Dinners Dishes and Desserts is baking up some Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
Heather from Girlichef is bringing Pumpkin Doughnuts with Spiced Buttermilk Glaze
Nicole from Daily Dish Recipes is making Pumpkin Donut Puffs
Patti from Comfy Cuisine is bringing Classic Orange Marmalade
Sunithi from Sue’s Nutrition Buzz is making Spiced Pumpkin Ricotta Muffins with Craisins and Walnuts
Wendy from The Weekend Gourmet is cooking up some Pumpkin Maple Oatmeal
Jamie from Mama Mommy Mom is bringing Butternut Squash Butter
Chelsea from Chelsea’s Culinary Indulgence is bringing Pumpkin Spiced Donuts with Chai Icing
Kris from In The Kitchen With Audrey and Maureen made Sweet Potato Pancakes

High Noon (Soups, Salads and Sandwiches)
Renee from Magnolia Days is serving up some Butternut Squash Soup
Beate from Galactopdx is bringing her Carrot Ginger Soup
Jen from Juanita’s Cocina is making some Curried Sweet Potato Salad With Cranberries and Pecans
Megan from I Run For Wine is making Skinny Roasted Butternut Squash and Italian Sausage Soup
Sarah from What Smells So Good is filling our bowls with some Spicy Sweet Potato and Coconut Soup
Alice from Hip Foodie Mom is coming with her Roasted Carrot and Red Quinoa Salad
Susan from The Wimpy Vegetarian is making Cider – Spiced Sweet Potato Soup
Tora from Tora’s Real Food is bringing Butternut Squash and Tomato Soup
Melanie from From Fast Food to Fresh Food is making Monty’s Pumpkin Soup
Lyn from The Lovely Pantry is bringing Roasted Pumpkin & Coconut Soup
Kim from Cravings of a Lunatic is whipping up some Mandarin Chicken Salad

Sunset (Dinner and Main Dishes)
Sarah from Crispy Bits & Burnt Ends is offering up some Pumpkin Ravioli
Shelia from Pippis In The Kitchen Again is serving her Roasted Squash and Ricotta with Honey
Pam from The Meltaways is making Spooky Stuffed Peppers
Patsy from Famfriendsfood is bringing her Carrot Souffle
Laura from Small Wallet Big Appetite is bringing Chicken and Sweet Potato Fritters
Mehereen from Chattering Kitchen is making Sichuan Orange Glazed Chicken with Toasted Sesame Seeds
Tammi from Momma’s Meals is making Hearty Pork Stew
Kristin from Kwistin’s Favorites is making Orange Chicken
Soni from Soni’s Food For Thought is cooking up some Rigatoni with Pumpkin Ricotta Sauce
Shelby from Diabetic Foodie is cooking up some Moroccan Vegetable Stew
Dara from Generation Y Foodie is bringing Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
Brandie from Home Cooking Memories is sharing a DIY Baked Sweet Potato Bar
Amber from Mama’s Blissful Bites is bringing Rice and Fig Stuffed Mini Pumpkins
Valerie from Val’s Food and Or Art made Double Stuffed Roasted Acorn Squash

By The Bonfire (Sweets, Snacks and Sips)
Brie from Brie’s Bites is making Peanut Butter Pumpkin Bites
Carla from Chocolate Moosey is making Pumpkin Tiramisu with Pumpkin Butter Caramel Sauce
Heather from Hezzi D’s Books and Cooks is offering up some Pumpkin Cake Truffles
Shelia from Cooking Underwriter is bringing Sweet Potato Bacon Beet Salsa
Anne from Webicurean is making some Drunken Pumpkin Bread
Karen from In The Kitchen With KP is making Oven Baked Sweet Potato Chips
Leslie La Cocina De Leslie is making Sweet Potato Atole
Seet Fei from My Trials in The Kitchen is bringing Sweet Potatoes Mini Balls
Tara from Noshing With The Nolands is bringing Oranges En Suprise
Susan from The Girl in The Red Kitchen is making Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Scone with Pumpkin Glaze
Conni from Mrs. Mama Hen is making Orange Glazed Poundcake
Isabel from Family Foodie is baking up Moist Pumpkin Bread
Cindy from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings is baking up a Vegan Pumpkin Orange Cake
Brenda from Meal Planning Magic is whipping up some Creamy Pumpkin Dip
Laura from Family Spice is making some Unprocessed and Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread
Kathya from Basic and Delicious is baking up Butternut Squash and Carrot Bread
Liz from That Skinny Chick Can Bake is serving up Pumpkin Roll with Cream Cheese Filling
Stephanie from The Cookie A Day Challenge is whipping up some Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches
Katie from She Like Ruffles, He Likes Truffles is bringing Pumpkin Harvest Cookies
Nancy from Gotta Get Baked is baking up some Orange Macadamia Dark Chocolate Cookies
Angie from Big Bear’s Wife is bringing Orange Soda Pumpkin Patch Cupcakes
Katy from Happy Baking Days is bringing Carrot Cake with Orange Glaze
Sandra from Midlife Road Trip is bringing Orange ya glad it’s fall! Hungarian Apricot/Walnut pastries

In case you lost count, that is over fifty delectable dishes!

Please be sure you join us on Twitter throughout the day during #SundaySupper.
We’ll be meeting up at 6:00 pm (Central) for our weekly #SundaySupper live chat where we’ll talk about our favorite recipes featuring our favorite fall color.
All you have to do is follow the #SundaySupper hashtag, or you can follow us through TweetChat.
We’d also love to feature your easy go to recipes on our #SundaySupper Pinterest board and share them with all of our followers, too.

Orange you glad you came?  (I had to... sorry.....)



  1. Your fall sounds like winter here in Florida - two weeks and total extreme in temps! Your soup looks delicious - thank you so much for joining in this week!

    1. Thanks for Hosting! What a delicious looking week...

  2. Fall here in Georgia means one day in the 80's then the next in the 60's and back again. We never know what to wear because it changes so much. Great soup recipe and nice creaminess with the milk.

  3. I am a soup lover!!! Can't wait to try this Pumpkin Soup!!!

  4. This sounds so good and I have everything in my pantry to make a batch tonight! Thanks for sharing.

  5. What a great, easy, comforting soup!

  6. Sounds like a wonderful cup of soup to me! I used to live in Wisconsin as well, and then moved to Florida, so the seasons are definitely different now! We're still i the 90s...but I'm dying to have some comforting fall recipes whipped up in my kitchen!

  7. OMG. This sounds fabulous and comforting. And may I just say? Look at that gorgeous photo!

    1. Awww... Shucks! Thanks! I keep learning!

  8. Sound so yummy what a great Starter for Thanksgiving dinner!

  9. Your fall is like our summer in San Francisco--except this year I think we're only scheduled for one week of summer! Can't wait to try this soup!

  10. I remember the short fall in the midwest. It was there out of nowhere. - Your pumpkin soup looks and sounds perfect to warm up on a cold day in Wisconsin :) ~ Bea

  11. Man you are killing me with the soup recipes. I love each one. This looks amazingly good!!

  12. So pretty and another great soup recipe to add to the repertoire!

  13. I was wondering who Monty was haha Love how quick I can make this soup when I have some leftover pumpkin.

  14. Isn't it great to recreate the classics? Soup is perfect for that too!

  15. I love a good soup, especially a nice hearty one for fall like this. Thanks for sharing.

  16. I started making pumpkin soup last year, and you've put me in the mood to roast a pumpkin now. I really want to try your recipe - it looks so perfectly comforting :-)

  17. Mmm...this sounds like the perfect fall soup. It looks great!

  18. This soup+a cool fall night = perfection!!!!

  19. Such a pretty dish. Perfect on a cool day.

  20. Autumn is indeed a beautiful time of year. And this, is a very lovely soup!

  21. I have never eaten pumpkin soup before, but after this Sunday Supper theme I am excited to give it a try

  22. I am not a soup eater, but my husband sure loves it. I need to make him some pumpkin soup!

  23. Looks like a great soup to make when you're craving comfort food.

  24. wow! so many resources, how nice! Pumpkin soup, especially curried, is one of my favorites! =)

    1. The #SundaySupper team is just a ridiculous wealth of amazing recipes!!! and curry... Mmmmmmm

  25. Mmm...pumpkin soup with celery and cinnamon. The smell of celery in soup will forever make me thing of fall as a child. We made a giant pot of vegetable soup in kindergarten, inspired by the kid's story Stone Soup. I can just imagine how perfect this would be on a cool fall evening with a big hunk of toasted, buttered bread.

    1. Mmmm... exactly! So delicious. I had some in front of our fireplace- perfect!

  26. Been looking for new ways to use pumkin puree & this simple soup looks lovely ! Like the addition of cinnamon & celery ! Yummm

  27. Lovely flavors in your soup!!Will be trying this one soon :)Love the addition of celery and cinnamon!!

  28. I have never had pumpkin soup before, but I love pumpkin - so I am going to have to try it!

  29. Awesome recipe that is now on my must try list. Your photography is just gorgeous!

    1. thanks! I've really been trying to improve! It's the hardest part of this whole process.

  30. Pumpkin soup always my favorite and this one is so different added with celery and other ingredients and I love the idea of adding milk at the end of the process....i can imagine how good it is now and I will try it out soon!

  31. This soup looks great! I love that you made the soup from one of your favorite restaurants! :) Thank you for sharing!

  32. When Josh and I first started dating we use to alwasy go to this diner right off of Clark street for brunch. I would always get a cup of soup. Their soups of fantastic, so I can relate to your affinity to Monty's. Your soup looks great Melanie!

  33. Everyone was really bringing their A game with the pumpkin soup recipes this week! Yours is no exception!

    Jamie @

  34. Beautiful soup! I love the spices that you used!

  35. These were great!! Next time I will put some chocolate chips in them. I had everything on hand except the buttermilk, so I used 2 % with a dash of lemon juice and it was a perfect substitute. These would be good for mini muffins as well, maybe even better that way because they are really big!!!