California Prune and Pumpkin Devil’s Soup

This delicious soup may be a little spooky to look at, but it tastes so good that you’ll only be screaming when you’ve finished it all! It’s a perfect dish to warm you up, as the weather turns chilly, and the nights draw in.

Makes: 2Prep Time: 5 minutesCook Time: 10 - 15 minutes


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions finely chopped
  • 1kg Pumpkin, peeled, deseeded and
  • chopped into chunks
  • 4 Sage leaves
  • 800ml vegetable stock/water
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • 12 California Prunes
  • 50ml Red wine vinegar
  • 60ml Chilli oil


1. Pour the olive oil into a large pan on a medium heat
2. Add the onions, pumpkin, sage and cumin
3. Pour in the vegetable stock or water and bring up to the boil
4. Season with salt and pepper and cook for 10-15 minutes
5. Meanwhile, place the California Prunes into a bowl with the vinegar and leave to swell
6. Once the pumpkin and onions are soft blend with a stick blender until smooth
7. Pour the soup into bowls and create a scary face with 2 California Prunes for eyes and a spooky smile with chilli oil.


Peter Sidwell

Peter Sidwell

California Prune Board Ambassador Peter Sidwell, is a chef, baker, TV presenter, author, and innovator of all things food related. Peter has been a chef all his working life and over the years has developed a simple, fresh and innovative way of cooking which focuses on the importance of fine ingredients and technical know-how to ensure the best results. Peter has travelled the world cooking, talking and demonstrating his approach and explaining how and why it works so well for all manner of food offerings. Peter works both with chefs, consumers, food producers and retailers to innovate, create process or refine procurement. Working from his new innovation centre in England's beautiful Lake District, Peter and his team create exciting, attractive and mouth-watering new recipes with digital content, showcasing the delicious flavour and versatility of California Prunes.