Soup Joumou

Haitian Recipes: Soup Joumou – Haitian Pumpkin Soup Recipe

  • 1 lb corned beef or beef stew meat (you can use chicken or goat as well)
  • water
  • 1 1/2 lbs pumpkin, peeled & diced
  • 2 turnips, diced
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 sprig parsley
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3/4 cup rice, washed (uncooked, not instant)
  • salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2-4 teaspoons butter


In a saucepan, cover beef generously with water and boil over medium low heat, partially covered for 1 hour.
Drain and chop beef into bite-sized pieces.
In a saucepan, bring 4 cups of water to a boil; add pumpkin, turnips, beef, onions, parsley, thyme, and 2 cloves garlic.
Simmer until pumpkin is tender (15 minutes).
Discard parsley and thyme.
Transfer pumpkin to food processor with 1/4 cup stock and puree.
Return to saucepan and heat through.
Add milk, nutmeg, butter, and rice; cook until rice is tender (15-20 minutes).
Season with salt and pepper, and mix in remaining garlic.
Serve hot with a little butter in each bowl.

Serving Size: 4


Haitian Soup Joumou is more than just soup. This is their independence day soup, this is what haitians drink all day on New Year’s day, January 1st, the day they celebrate their independence day. Haitian Pumpkin soup/soup joumou is tradition.


One Response to Soup Joumou

  1. Roberta says:

    YUMMY! I think we will be enjoying Pumpkin Soup this New Years. Thanks for the recipe. 🙂

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