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Protein Pumpkin Soup Recipe

NJBC Eats: Protein Pumpkin Harvest Soup

By Clarissa Padua | October 28, 2022

Cooler weather means one thing - soup season! I love to make a delicious and creamy soup as soon as the temperature drops. One of my Fall favorites is protein pumpkin harvest soup. I added a packet of unflavored protein powder to this soup to add 20g of protein without altering the delicious flavor of the finished product. Protein is an important part of any diet but especially for pre and post-op bariatric patients as it improves lean muscle mass and keeps you feeling fuller, longer. 

To save time, I use my Vitamix blender to make this soup but it could also be made in a food processor or with an immersion blender as well. This is a great recipe to meal prep for lunches or dinners. 

Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup Chicken or Vegetable Broth
  • ¼ cup Plain Greek Yogurt 
  • 1 can Pumpkin Puree
  • ½ teaspoon Nutmeg 
  • 2 teaspoons Cinnamon 
  • 2 teaspoons Allspice seasoning 
  • 2 teaspoons Paprika 
  • ¾ cup fat-free half and half 
  • 1 scoop Unflavored Protein Powder 
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup Onion 
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Add all the ingredients except for the salt and pepper to the blender. With my blender, I set it to the lowest speed then slowly increase to high. Blend the soup for about 6-7 minutes or until there is steam that comes from the lid (my Vitamix heats the soup as it blends*). Season with salt and pepper as needed. 

*If your blender doesn’t have a soup setting, another option is using a microwave or stove top in a saucepan to heat after blending.

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Clarissa Padua, RD, is a registered dietitian at New Jersey Bariatric Center, a medical & surgical weight loss center with offices in Springfield, Somerville, Hoboken, East Brunswick, Hackettstown and Sparta, New Jersey. She provides pre-operative and post-operative nutritional counseling to New Jersey Bariatric Center’s Gastric Bypass, Gastric Sleeve, LAP-BAND (gastric band) and revision patients, in addition to dietary counseling for patients in our Medical Weight Loss program.
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