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Soup Joumou (Soupe de Giraumon or Pumpkin Soup)

Soup Joumou (Soupe de Giraumon or Squash Soup) a smooth and healthy soup made with beef, vegetables and spices. Serve at breakfast time to experience the Haitian popular tradition on New Year's Day and Sunday mornings.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Caribbean, Haitian Cuisine
Servings 6
Calories 717 kcal


  • 3 pounds calabaza pumpkin or butternut squash, skin removed and cut into large chunks
  • 4 cups water room temperature, more or less if necessary
  • 2 pounds beef neck bones or beef shanks, cut into cubes
  • 1 lime/lemon cut in half and juiced reserve liquid (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 3 - 4 scallions finley chopped
  • 6 - 8 Garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 1 small scotch bonnet pepper or habanero pepper whole not chopped
  • 2 onions sliced
  • 2 - 3 sprigs thyme
  • 2 - 3 sprigs parsley chopped
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 leek sliced thinly, and optional
  • 2 celery stalks cut in ½ inch pieces
  • 2 medium carrots peeled and sliced
  • 2 medium parsnips peeled and sliced,
  • 2 turnips peeled and quartered
  • 2 large potatoes peeled and cut in 4 to 6 pieces
  • 3 cabbage leaves chopped or sliced
  • 3 whole cloves
  • ½ cup pasta noodle or spaghetti
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 large tomato cubed, and optional


  • Cut and clean meat with additional lime/lemon or vinegar. Rinse with cold water, pat dry, and add to pot. In the same pot, add reserved lime/lemon juice, scallions, whole hot pepper, 4 of the garlic cloves garlic, 1 of the onions, thyme, parsley, black pepper and salt. Mix all ingredients together. Place in a covered bowl and let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour or overnight for flavor enhancement.
  • On medium high heat, bring meat to a boil. Add water when marinade has almost evaporated and let slowly cook. Check meat occasionally and add more water when necessary and until meat is fully cooked. (More water is only necessary depending on the cut and size of meat; be careful with the whole pepper so it does not burst). When cooked, remove pot of meat from heat and set aside.
  • In a large stockpot, add squash and cover with water and let cook until softened over medium high heat on stove. Make sure the pot is covered for faster cooking. Once the squash pieces are cooked, let cool for 10 minutes and purée with hand blender or regular blender and set aside. You may have to strain the mixture for a smoother soup (but not necessary). Mixture can stay in stockpot for easy use later on.
  • In a large stockpot, add oil, leek, onion, and celery stalks and let cook for 5 minutes while stirring. Add parsnips, turnips, carrots, cabbage, and cloves. Cook uncovered for 10 minutes. Add pumpkin puree and bring to a boil. Add more water if necessary to thin out the mixture.
  • Add the pasta and potatoes and continue to boil for another 20 to 30 minutes until all ingredients are cooked.
  • Add cooked meat with strained or untrained cooking liquid in the last 10 minutes of cooking with butter; add additional salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve hot with bread if preferred.


If the squash/pumpkin mixture is too thick, gradually add water (room temperature) and adjust taste. To adjust taste, remove ½ cup of the cooking liquid, add your seasoning and return mixture to stockpot. (This will allow the seasoning to dissolve better). Taste can be adjusted with salt and pepper, seasoning salt, maggi cubes, and chicken or beef bouillon in powdered form. Add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice in the last 5 minutes of cooking if preferred.


Calories: 717kcalCarbohydrates: 66gProtein: 33gFat: 38gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 2gCholesterol: 112mgSodium: 1357mgPotassium: 1999mgFiber: 12gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 27949IUVitamin C: 90mgCalcium: 225mgIron: 6mg
Keyword Haitian Soup Joumou, Soup Joumou, Squash Soup
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