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Creamy Cajun Pumpkin Tortellini Soup

October 13, 2021
Creamy Cajun Pumpkin Tortellini Soup-----a silky smooth texture and rich umami flavor makes this the perfect vegetarian soup for chilly Fall/winter nights or for meal prepping lunches!

Creamy Cajun Pumpkin Tortellini Soup

If you’re look for a creamy soup with bold flavor, this Cajun Pumpkin Tortellini Soup is just the thing that you need. This recipe is the epitome of comfort, ease, and a quick addition to any weeknight or weekend meal for the entire family.

Creamy Cajun Pumpkin Tortellini Soup

Whenever it’s officially Fall, I’m always excited to get on the pumpkin spice or all things pumpkin train of trends. I know—-it can feel pretty redundant year after year, however, I’ve been stretching my vision for adding pumpkin to my meals and this soup is one of my most proud soup recipes to date.

If you’ve been followingOrchids + Sweet Tea for some time, then you’re probably already aware of my obsession with soup because of my childhood and coming from a Jamaican background. So, of course, I might be biased with my full rave for this soup. Haha. 

Then again……you can try this one for yourself so that you can understand why I’m so excited to share it.

Creamy Cajun Pumpkin Tortellini Soup

Why Tortellini Pasta?

OK, so I’ve become a big fan of tortellini pasta, especially in soups. While I do love a good creamy tortellini pasta dish, there’s just something about this pasta that adds a nice meatiness to meatless soups. The awesome thing is that you don’t always have to use cheese-filled tortellini pasta because there are so many other options.

Personally, I used organic cheese tortellinis (I love the Artisola brand) which comes filled with ricotta and mozzarella cheeses. 
 
Creamy Cajun Pumpkin Tortellini Soup

BUT on a personal note, I’ve been struggling with balance + stability lately. If I’m honest, things have been pretty busy this year (such a good thing—i.e. cookbook creation, launch, brand partnerships, moving, etc.), however, with the highs there have been lows/challenges that have been present.

While I know that this is a part of life, I think that managing so many things including therapy and getting myself “thriving” both inwardly and outwardly has been EXHAUSTING. Unfortunately, no one ever talks about the cost of success, regardless of whatever level you’re on and so I feel like so many people struggle with managing it all once it’s in process—-leading them to either burnout, revert back to their past, or spiral into not so great behaviors.

Creamy Cajun Pumpkin Tortellini Soup

But one thing that I’ve learned along Life’s journey is that once you have the opportunity to take on a new day, you have a purpose to fulfill. So, we can’t waste time being plain ole’ tired.

Granted, self-care is super important, so do give your body the TLC it needs, BUT once you’ve refueled, just know that it’s time to get back out there AGAIN and overcome the effects of our “feelings” based on the work, process, and surroundings.

Hang in there, my friend! And if you need some inspiration for Wellness ideas, check out 9 Ways to Manage Stress + Anxiety and When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Some Sweet Tea, andMy Road to Healing + Wholeness.

Creamy Cajun Pumpkin Tortellini Soup

This Cajun Pumpkin Tortellini soup also stores well, which means you can make a big batch and be set for healthy lunches all week long. There’s no going wrong when you have creamy Cajun Pumpkin Tortellini soup in your back pocket. 

How to Make Homemade Cajun Seasoning.

Start this recipe by making the simple Cajun seasoning. This is a spice blend you’ll want to keep on hand to season everything from One-Pot Cajun Pumpkin Alfredo Pasta to Cajun Sweet Potato Grits with Chickpeas. The ingredients are simple and you probably already have them at home. 

Creamy Cajun Pumpkin Tortellini Soup

CAJUN SEASONING BLEND

To make your seasoning, combine:

  • Garlic powder
  • Italian seasoning
  • Smoked paprika
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper
  • Cayenne
  • Dried thyme
  • Onion powder

Creamy Cajun Pumpkin Tortellini Soup

Together, these herbs and spices strike the perfect balance of savory and fresh with a bit of smoky heat. 

Serving & Topping Suggestions

This Creamy Cajun Pumpkin Tortellini soup is delicious all on its own. I like to serve it with a big piece of crusty French bread to soak up the rich roasted garlic flavors. However, if you want to add a bit of extra flavor, crunch, and color, these are my favorite topping ideas:

Crispy bacon. Of course, this is for the meat eater. It adds extra smokiness and savory flavor to every bite.

Roasted chickpeas. An addicting snack, roasted chickpeas are perfectly crisp and almost like croutons on top of your soup.

Dried parsley. To add an extra pop of green and fresh flavor on top. You can also use fresh parsley if you like. 

Creamy Cajun Pumpkin Tortellini Soup

Storing Leftovers

If you end up with leftover cajun pumpkin tortellini soup, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

You can also free the soup for 4 to 6 months. To defrost, simply place soup in the refrigerator overnight or at room temperature before reheating on the stovetop to serve.

Creamy Cajun Pumpkin Tortellini Soup

More Must-Try Soup Recipes for this Season

Once you’ve mastered this creamy Cajun Pumpkin Tortellini soup, add these other soup recipes to your list next:

Creamy Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Chickpea Soup

Vegan Tuscan Kale Chickpea Soup

Fall Detox Sweet Potato Veggie Soup

Easy Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Creamy Cajun Pumpkin Tortellini Soup

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If you make this Creamy Cajun Pumpkin Tortellini Soup or any other recipe from us, be sure to tag us on Instagram at #Orchidsandsweettea so that we can share the love!

Creamy Cajun Pumpkin Tortellini Soup

Creamy Cajun Pumpkin Tortellini Soup

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Serves: 4 servings
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Ingredients

  • 1 (8 oz.) package organic cheese tortellini
  • 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups organic kale, de-stemmed + chopped
  • 3 cups organic chicken stock (You can also use Veggie stock)
  • 2 cups organic 100% pumpkin puree (NOT pie filling!)
  • 1 (14 oz.) can full-fat coconut cream/milk
  • 2 Tbsps Cajun seasoning, store-bought or homemade (See Notes!)

OPTIONAL TOPPING:

  • Freshly grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Begin by cooking tortellini pasta according to the directions of the packaging (about 3-4 minutes) and drain. Set aside.
  • In a medium-size pot over medium high-heat, add olive oil. Once heated, add minced garlic and sauté until translucent + fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Add cajun seasoning and mix together until combined.
  • Add in the chicken stock, coconut cream/milk, and pumpkin puree, stirring everything together until combined and smooth.
  • Let everything boil for 1-2 minutes and then reduce heat to low to allow a simmer. Add in the kale and cooked tortellini, stirring to combine. Continue to simmer for another 5 minutes.
  • At this point, the soup should be thickened, but if it's not to your desired consistency, add a bit of grated parmesan cheese and continue to stir.
  • Remove from heat and serve immediately into prepared bowl(s) and enjoy with a side of bread, if desired.
  • Bon Appetit!

Tips & Tricks

  • STORAGE: Leftovers can be stored in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days, for optimal freshness. Can also be frozen for 4-6 months. To defrost, simply place soup in the refrigerator overnight or at room temperature before re-heating on the stove top to serve.
  • GREENS: If preferred, you can always add greens other than Kale, like Spinach or Collard Greens to soup for more richness.
  • COCONUT CREAM:I love using canned coconut cream from Thai Kitchen, however, you can always use canned coconut milk as well and refrigerate it overnight to cream more creaminess. 
  • HOMEMADE CAJUN SEASONING: To make your own cajun blend, see my recipe here.

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    • Thanks so much, Lerone! That’s exactly my mission—to inspire you to get in the kitchen! Truly appreciate your kind words! 🙂

  1. I always feel more tired as the weather gets colder. I just want to hibernate and curl up under a blanket! I could for sure go for a big bowl of this tortellini soup right now!

    • Thanks so much, Adrianne! The 4 Cheese Tortellini definitely adds such goodness to this soup!