Roasted Pumpkin, Gala Apple & Garam Masala Soup

Updated On: May 14, 2024

A simple and cozy Roasted Pumpkin, Gala Apple & Garam Masala Soup that is filling and delicious.

garam masala soup with pumpkin and apple

After several days of eating with the Thanksgiving holiday, all I want is a smoothie for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Ok, not really, but I should.  With all of the mashed potatoes, pies and turkey, I just may have gained 10 lbs from one day of eating.  We are all feeling it around here, so I thought maybe we needed a soup night to give our bellies a break.

homegrown pumpkin for soup

Why I love this recipe

One of my good friends is a gardener like me.  She loves to toss seeds in the ground and see what happens.  I recently went out to her farm to pick plums and she loaded up my car with veggies I was lacking, such as this beautiful squash.  When I got home I promptly put it in the cool basement to await its delicious fate.

pumpkin and apple soup

My 93 year old grandmother is here visiting us for the Thanksgiving holiday.  After we ate hearty bowls of pumpkin soup, she proceeded to tell us all about how she threw a giant town-wide party the day the war was declared over.  She said that she recalls that their was a false alarm a week previously, but they really did it up right on the real day.  Having her here with us has been incredible.  She’s one amazing woman!  I sure hope I received her amazing genes.  She still lives alone, drives and is one incredible baker.  While she’s here we’ll be whipping up a giant batch of Portuguese Sweet Bread.  I.  CAN’T.  WAIT.  The smell of the dough rising is one of those smells that will evoke memories of her and her tiny kitchen for the rest of my life.  And I will forever here her words “you’ll get worms if you eat that dough raw Heather”.  I just can’t help myself.

Grandma was a bit skeptical of this “garam masala stuff”, but she didn’t speak a word during dinner.    I think she enjoyed it just as much as the rest of us.  Here’s the recipe for you!

Roasted Pumpkin, Gala Apple & Garam Masala Soup

An easy Indian spiced soup filled with roasted pumpkin, sweet apples and pungent sage.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 10 Servings


  • 4 lb Kabocha squash skinned, seeds removed and cut into 2 inch dice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh sage minced
  • 3 medium Gala apples skinned, cored and diced
  • 1 ½ tablespoons Garam Masala
  • 10 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup half & half optional
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Line 2 large baking trays with parchment paper and add the diced squash. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons olive oil and salt and pepper. Roast for 30-40 minutes, or until the squash is fork tender. Remove from the oven.
  • Meanwhile, add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil to a large soup pot and heat over medium-high heat. Add the onions & sage and cook until the onions are soft and translucent, about 10 minutes. Add the apples and season with salt and pepper, cook for another 5 minutes, until apples begin to break down a little. Add the garam masala, roasted pumpkin, chicken stock and season to taste with salt and pepper. Turn down the heat to medium-low and simmer the soup for 10 more minutes.
  • Using an immersion blender, blend the soup until it is a puree and no longer chunky. Conversely you could cool the soup and blend in a blender (make sure the soup is barely warm or you will have an exploding blender). Once pureed return to the pot and warm the soup over a medium flame.


Calories: 256kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 9gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 367mgPotassium: 1004mgFiber: 5gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 2603IUVitamin C: 27mgCalcium: 99mgIron: 2mg
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Heather is a recipe developer and content creator living in Vancouver, Washington. She started Farmgirl Gourmet in 2006, almost 20 years ago, as a way to share recipes with friends and family. Heather is also the co-founder of Spiceology , a unique spice company, which she started in 2013. She shares family friendly recipes for easy everyday meals with a gourmet twist.


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  2. jamielifesafeast says:

    I do hope you’ll share her Portuguese Sweet Bread recipe!! She sounds wonderful and we should all gather incredible stories like the ones she has to offer. Write them down! And I love the twist on pumpkin soup with the garam masala and apple. I must try this!

    1. FarmgirlGourmet Author says:

      Hi Jamie!! Yes, I will share in an upcoming post. She’s so fun to have around. I wish we didn’t live so far away from one another. I’m grateful to have her here with me for a couple weeks to enjoy stories and baking.

  3. ecavalla says:

    yum! sounds great– yay for gramma trying new things 🙂

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  5. Your Grandmother doesn’t look a day over 65! I love that she was ‘skeptical’ about all the spices in this soup initially..that’s how my late grandma’s would have been! Now, will you stop making my mouth water with all of your dishes, this soup being no exception 😉

    1. FarmgirlGourmet Author says:

      I know right? I hope I get her good genes! She’s still amazing at 93! Sorry for making your mouth water. Ok, no I’m not. 😉 Thanks for popping by Lisa!! xo

  6. dreamaboutfood says:

    I heart Garam Masala, so this caught my eye immediately!

  7. Athlete Food says:

    I love your grandmother! Thanks for this recipe–perfect timing because we’re still getting squash from the CSA here in upstate New York.

    1. FarmgirlGourmet Author says:

      I love her too! Enjoy and let me know if you decide to make it. I’d love to hear how you liked it!

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