Baked Buttermilk Pumpkin Doughnuts with Hot Cocoa Glaze.
Didn’t you guys know? Popcorn on soup is a thing!
Yep, just something else my mom taught me.
Again, she’s smart.
Honestly though, popcorn on soup is the BEST. I have been doing it since I was a kid. I’d stay home from school because I was “sick” and eat a bowl of chicken noodle soup for lunch with loads of salty popcorn that my mom would make in her stove-top popcorn maker. If you know my mom, than you know just what I am talking about….she’s even traveled with it before.
I know I’m weird, but she may have me beat. Just sayin.
Anyway, if it was a really good “sick” day, it would ideally be October, November or December and the fire would be lit. Mom and I would huddle up next to it with our bowls of soup, a fistful of popcorn and sparkling waters.
Ahh, those were the days. Take me back! Or at least give me a wood burning fireplace again. Nothing beats a wood burning fire on a cold day – NOTHING. It’s truly a favorite thing in life, and I really miss having one!
So while Mom and I enjoyed soup from a box back in the day, I am happy to say we have realized there are better soups out there. Like this smoky pumpkin beer and cheddar potato soup!
I think the first time I had pumpkin soup I was at a wedding shower for my mom’s cousin in Pennsylvania. My mom’s Aunt Debbie is actually an amazing cook and also does some catering. So of course, all of the food was gorgeous, but what stood out to me was the pumpkin soup. For one, she served the soup in cute little mini baked pumpkins, which I was SO into, but most importantly, the soup was SO smooth, creamy and delicious. I loved it!
This soup isn’t really much like Aunt Debbie’s, BUT… there is pumpkin. I’ve already done the soup in a pumpkin bowl thing, so I figured I would skip that this time around. Obviously, if you are up for it, I would totally recommend the soup in a pumpkin, such a people pleaser!
It makes everything a little better and you can’t beat that cuteness factor! 🙂
But okay, back to THIS soup.
It’s smoky, spicy, slightly sweet, just a little cheesy and perfectly creamy, but with a crunch… thanks to that popcorn!
It was kind of a huge hit already, which lately has been hard to get from the family. I don’t know what’s going on, but I have been striking out with recipes lately. Like one after another, the fam is totally making me aware of it too. Meanies 🙁
But this soup! It was a hit – YES! I think it was the bacon though, anything with bacon always seem to be a hit with my fam.
The soup is a combo of sweet roasted pumpkin, creamy potato and a little chipotle for spice and smokiness. I also added some cheddar cheese in there too…cause you know, there can never be enough cheese!
The fun part really comes from the popcorn though. I mean what’s not fun about popcorn? It’s everyone’s favorite movie time snack. It could really use some more attention if you ask me.
First you start by making simple candied bacon in the oven. Then along with the bacon you add pepitas. Finally, mid way through cooking, add the popcorn. That way everything gets sweet and has a super nice CRUNCH.
I’m telling you, you need this soup on this very cold Thursday night. Like is it raining or dreary where you are? Do you NEED this where you are? Is it possibly snowing (there is a chance it might here tonight)? If it is, you most definitely NEED this. Is it sunny and 80 degrees, ahh…you maybe don’t need this, but you should probably make it anyway.
It’s gonna taste SO good, whether it’s warm or cold out.
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Plus, the popcorn doubles as a little midnight snack. YES!
PS. If any of you are on Snapchat, be sure to check out the Food Network snapchat because guess who is on there today?!?! ME!! I am showing everyone how to make some seriously good fall eats, so check it out! 🙂
If I use actual pumpkin for this how should I prepare it in order for it to become a nice purée?
You would have to roast the pumpkin and then puree it. Please let me know if you give this recipe a try, I hope you love it! xT
This looks amazing and I can’t wait to try it. Is this soup able to be made ahead of time and frozen? Or would that only work if the potatoes were blended into the rest of the soup mixture instead of leaving them cubed?
Sure, you could make this and freeze:) I would probably not freeze the candied popcorn though! I hope this recipe turns out amazing for you! xT
Hi, just wondering what is the stick like item used in your garnish? What would be a suitable substitution if I cannot get pumpkin beer? Thanks
I am assuming you are referring to the cheese garnish:) You can use any other beer that you enjoy! Please let me know if you have any other questions! xx
Delicious soup! Also good substituting croutons for the popcorn mix.
Thank you so much Diane! I am so glad this turned out so well for you! xTieghan
Never to look at popcorn the same way…. excellent idea! I just want to eat handfuls of the topping…
Looking forward to making this soup!
I was wondering – can I used canned pumpkin for this?
If so, how much can I use?
Hi Hannah! Yes, canned pumpkin can be uses. I would use about 1 (15 ounce) can. Let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love the recipe! Thank you!
Yum!n thanks so much, this was well received by the teens!
Happy to hear that! Thank you Steph!
I made this yesterday and is DELICIOUS. My boyfriend hates pumpkin and he loved it, too. Thanks for another great recipe! (I’ll be making your cranberry pot roast for dinner tonight 🙂 ).
yeah! So happy you both loved it! Thanks!! Hope you love the pot roast!
I just made this for dinner and it was fantastic! The candied bacon popcorn turned out way better than I thought it would and was the perfect addition. I might have to make more just to eat by itself as a snack 🙂 This was perfect to kick off my Halloween weekend, thanks!
I am super impressed that you have included so many wonderful ingredients into this soup, all of my favorites too! Bacon, beer, cheddar, and pumpkin. I can not wait to try this.
Seriously, how are you not known world-wide as the best chef, baker, candlestick maker?! You’re recipes are amazing and your run on sentence thoughts are hysterical! I love your wit… and your recipes. I don’t need to look for recipes anywhere else anymore. And if I just want to salivate and not cook, I can look at photos. Keep it up… the cooking channel will be setting up shop in your kitchen soon.