Southwest Pumpkin Rice Soup

A flavorful blend of red bell peppers, tomatoes, black beans, pumpkin and rice with a hint of cumin, this soup is perfect for chilly nights.

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Southwest Pumpkin Rice Soup

Cooking time PREP TIME 10 mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 10 mins
Servings SERVES 6
Ready in TOTAL TIME 20 mins
Cooking time
PREP TIME 10 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 10 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 20 mins


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 cups reduced sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 oz) canned pumpkin, unseasoned
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1-1/2 tsp ground cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup Minute® White Rice
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)


  • When it comes to warming bowls of food, this one is hard to beat!

    Step 1

  • In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions, garlic and bell peppers, and sauté for 2 minutes.

    Step 2

  • Add broth, black beans, pumpkin, tomatoes, cumin, salt and pepper.

    Step 3

  • Bring to a boil. Add rice. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

    Step 4

  • Season with cayenne pepper, if using.

    Recipe Tip

    For added crunch, crumble tortilla chips over the soup at the table.

Comforting Soup

When winter settles in, getting cozy is always top of mind. During the coldest months of the year, there is nothing better than a hot bowl of soup to warm the soul. Minute® Rice’s Southwest Pumpkin Rice Soup is perfect for even the chilliest nights. With green onions, garlic, red bell pepper, pumpkin, a tasty assortment of spices, and Minute® White Rice, this dish is hearty, comforting perfection!

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What is Cumin Powder?

As the name suggests, the powder is made from cumin seeds and it can also be called ground cumin or jeera powder. It is a staple pantry ingredient in many cuisines. The taste of cumin powder is rich and hearty, earthy and warm with a hint of citrus. Cumin has the possibility to add depth to any dish. If you find yourself without any cumin in your pantry and you need a substitute fast, try a similar amount of chili powder, which is a spice similar to cumin. Cumin is, after all, one of the dominant flavors in chili powder — plus you’ll get a bit of chili pepper and oregano in the mix.

Olive Oil

This soup also contains olive oil which is a must-have ingredient in many chef’s kitchens across the world. 

Adding olive oil into your dish is sure to guarantee quality of flavor in everything you make. The oil is an extremely versatile cooking ingredient and can be used in a multitude of ways.

Other Meal Inspiration

If you’re craving something with more of a Latin American flavor, try this Mexican Rice Recipe.

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