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Pumpkin-Apple Cider Bisque

by Kristen

Pumpkin-Apple Cider Bisque

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In our family, my mom, sister-in-law, and I are greatly outnumbered.     We are the only three girls with six boys in the family.  Plus, my sister-in-law and I are both expecting boys right now, so we are even going to be outnumbered even more!

Whenever our family gets together for holidays ( Christmas, 4th of July, etc.), we girls like to plan some fun “girl time” together.

Last Christmas, we planned a fun lunch at a French Bistro, Suzette’s in my hometown ( Wheaton, Illinois).   We ate the most delicious lunch ever.  We all ate their amazing Pumpkin-Apple Cider Bisque- and I have meant to recreate it ever since.

 Here is what you need for Pumpkin Apple Cider Bisque

And that’s it!

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I am not sure if I recreated this correctly, but this sure tasted amazing.  I have made pumpkin soup before, but the addition of the apple cider to this soup just made it divine.  When I first started testing this recipe, I added way too much apple cider.  It turned out too sweet.   One cup of apple cider should do the trick


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I like to add milk or cream to my soups at the end of the cooking process, or maybe even right before I eat it.   I don’t think this soup needs cream or milk- but it makes it taste better 🙂


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 onion peeled and chopped
  • 1 15 ounce can pumpkin
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • cream or milk to taste


Stovetop directions

  1. In a saucepan,  over medium heat, saute onions in butter until the onions are transparent.

  2. Add pumpkin, chicken broth, apple cider, thyme, and cinnamon.

  3. Let the flavors simmer for 20-30 minutes. Stirring every few minutes.

Instant Pot Directions

  1. Turn your Instant Pot onto the saute setting.

  2. Saute onions in butter until they are translucent.

  3. Add pumpkin, chicken broth, apple cider, thyme, and cinnamon.

  4. Cook on "soup" setting for 8 minutes

  5. Let naturally release.


My husband loved this soup.   I plan on making it this fall again.   I also plan on mixing pumpkin and apple cider for a few other recipes as well.

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Jan Abrahamson September 7, 2016 - 11:36 pm

Made this tonight !!! Yum!! I know your mom.

Kristen September 8, 2016 - 1:18 am

yay! I am glad you liked it! Hope you are doing well Jan 🙂

Lisa November 15, 2017 - 2:56 pm

What size can of Pumpkin is used?

Kristen November 15, 2017 - 4:52 pm

16 ounce can. or 2 cups

Katerina September 6, 2016 - 7:50 am

can’t wait for the pumpkin season to start so i can make soups and bisques like this one that looks delicious


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