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Pumpkin Soup + $500 Visa Gift Card Giveaway!

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Creamy Pumpkin Soup makes a great starter for your Thanksgiving meal.

Pumpkin Soup |

Let’s talk about pumpkin! Because, you know, we haven’t talked about it enough these past few weeks…

Don’t you think it should be pumpkin season all year-round? Where do I sign for that? Do I ask Congress about these things?! 

My newest pumpkin obsession is this Pumpkin Soup. I know it’s just soup, but you haven’t had this soup. Apart from it being one of the best starters of our Holiday meals, this time around I got to make it even better, and healthier, because I made this delicious soup with Pacific Foods Organic Pumpkin Puree

Image of Pacific brand Pumpkin Puree in a Tetra Pak box

I recently received a box of goodies from Pacific Foods, including Pacific Foods Organic Chicken Simply Stock, their Jellied Cranberry Sauce, as well as the Pumpkin Puree.

Pacific brand Chicken Simply Stock in Tetra Pak

Pacific brand Jellied Cranberry Sauce in Tetra Pak

What surprised me about their Pumpkin Puree is that it comes in a Tetra Pak carton! Did you know foods packaged in cartons are way better for the enviroment? AND! The unique packaging process preserves the flavor and nutrients of food without the use of preservatives! Isn’t this how food was intended to be?! 

Do you have any idea just how many different food products come in a carton? Among many other options, I was surprised to see ready-to-eat Mac and Cheese and Refried Beans. To add, Tetra Pak® cartons are made of 70% paper, a renewable resource, from selectively harvested, re-grown trees that are FSC-certified (Forest Stewardship Council).

More fun facts:

  • Cartons use 1/3 of the packaging compared to cans…or even an egg!
  • Cartons are space saving, easy to store and open. Keep your pantry neat and toss your can openers. , stackable and space saving.
  • The unique packaging process preserves the flavor and nutrients of food without the use of preservatives.Product quality is exactly the way it was intended to be.
  • Recycleable and in fact result in 60% less landfill waste than cans
  • Cartons are re-closable so you can use what you need and save the rest for later.

If you’d like to learn more about the selection of foods, you can see it all for yourself over at Pacific Foods website and Become Carton Smart. 

You can also Follow #CartonSmart on Pinterest and make sure to Tweet @CartonSmart

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Pumpkin Soup |


Pumpkin Soup |

Pumpkin Soup

Katerina | Diethood
Creamy Pumpkin Soup makes a great starter for your Thanksgiving meal.
Servings : 4
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 yellow onion , diced
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 large carrot , thinly sliced
  • salt and fresh ground pepper , to taste
  • 1 (16-oz) Carton Pacific Foods Organic Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 (8-oz) Pacific Foods Organic Chicken Stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream


  • Melt butter over medium-low heat.
  • Add diced onion, minced garlic and sliced carrots.
  • Season with salt and pepper and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.
  • Stir in pumpkin puree.
  • Add chicken stock and season with dried thyme and garlic powder.
  • Bring to a boil; lower to a simmer and continue to cook for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in heavy whipping cream.
  • Serve immediately.


Calories: 148 kcal | Carbohydrates: 5 g | Protein: 1 g | Fat: 14 g | Saturated Fat: 8 g | Cholesterol: 42 mg | Sodium: 93 mg | Potassium: 109 mg | Fiber: 0 g | Sugar: 1 g | Vitamin A: 3070 IU | Vitamin C: 3.6 mg | Calcium: 28 mg | Iron: 0.3 mg | Net Carbs: 5 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

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94 comments on “Pumpkin Soup + $500 Visa Gift Card Giveaway!”

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    Samantha Michelle

    My go to tip in order to spice up a ordinary recipe is to add any spices such as okra, paprika or even oregano. The flavor of the dish will have an even more superb taste!

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    rene chartier

    I love the Pacific soups especially the Tomatoe red Pepper.
    I use the soup stock in Vetatable Beef Stew.

  3. My favorite recipe to use the Cartons for is my Porkchops and Gravy in the crock pot.
    I use the Pacific Natural Foods Organic Cream Of Mushroom Condensed Soup (12 oz).

    2 12 oz Pacific Organic Cream of Mushroom Condensed Soup Cartons
    4-6 pork chops, boneless (depending on how many people you are serving)
    1/2 packet Lipton Onion Soup Mix
    1 tbsp dijon mustard
    1/2 cup of milk

    1. Cook the porkchops fully, browning them in skillet.
    2. Place the cooked pork chops on the bottom of the crock pot.
    3. Turn to crock pot on high heat.
    4. Add in Cream of Mushroom soup cartons, dijon mustard, milk and lipton onion soup mix.
    5. Stir mixture.
    6. Cook for 4 hours, then serve with mashed potatoes or any other side dish you would like.

    I never have liked pork chops, however these are AMAZING! They are not tough, they fall apart, and I would recommend this!! It is SO good!
    Thank you for the giveaway!!

  4. I use a Thai soup from a Tetra Pack and add it to plain grilled chicken and some white rice and it makes a Thai Chicken meal to die for. Unfortunately I am the ONLY person in my house who appreciates it. The soup is purchased at Target, I believe it is a Campbells Soup Thai Tomato Coconut to be exact. Try it, you’ll like it.


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