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Hearty Pumpkin, Pigeon Peas and Christophene Soup.

Stew or Soup? In the Caribbean what we call “soup” is usually very hearty and in places like Canada and the US they would be considered “stews”. A great meal in one pot! Last fall I put this one together with the help from my mom (my personal recipe book) over the phone. Her original version did contain salted meat.


25g  / 1 oz  butter or margarine

1 onion, chopped.

2 garlic cloves crushed

2 carrots, sliced

1 – 15g / 4 oz seeded, peeled pumpkin, chopped

1 Christophene, peeled, stoned and chopped (same size as the pumpkin)
Hearty Pumpkin Stew With Pigeon Peas and Christophene.

1 – 15g / 4 oz pigeon peas (that’s about a 1/3 of a normal can)

600 ml / 2 1/2 cups of vegetable stock.

2 sprigs of thyme (dried if you can’t get fresh)

1 tbsp fresh coriander (cilantro) leaves chopped.

25-50 g / 1-2 oz coconut cream (liquid or solid)

2.5 ml / 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

hot pepper


Fun Fact : The chayote (Sechium edule), also known as sayote, tayota, choko, chocho, chow-chow, christophene, mirliton, and vegetable pear, is an edible plant that belongs to the gourd family Cucurbitaceae along with melons, cucumbers and squash.

Step 1.

Melt the butter or margarine in a large saucepan and saute the onion and garlic for a few minutes until the onion is soft. You may want to cook the onion a bit before adding the garlic, since garlic is know to burn fast and become very bitter. .

Step 2.

Stir in the carrots, pumpkin, christophene, pigeon peas, stock and thyme at this point. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.

Step 3.

Add the coriander, coconut, cinnamon, hot pepper and salt (to taste). Simmer until the vegetables are tender and the sauce is reduced and thick (agin to your liking.. I like mine thick) . Serve hot… garnish with coriander.

Here’s a peek at the finished product…


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85 Responses to “Hearty Pumpkin, Pigeon Peas and Christophene Soup.”

  1. Dianne says:

    Good Day Chris

    Excellent recipe as usual. Thanks again.

  2. Susie Sunshine says:

    This looks wonderful!

    I had to Google Christophene (at first I thought maybe it was something special that you named after yourself, Chris! LOL!).

    Christophene is also called chayote, which is what I usually see it labeled as here in the U.S. Wikipedia says it is similar to summer squash (zucchini or yellow squash), but it is much more firm like an apple. It works really well as a pickle! :-)

  3. Valerie says:

    Chris, what no corn meal dumplings?

  4. Renita says:

    Can I substitute sweet potato instead of pumpkin? I hate pumpkin.

  5. Hi cristobal I made the chick pea and potato with coconut milk and my family enjoyed very much thanks you cristobal (chao)

  6. ciaara says:

    miss your video for cooking or any recipes video is awesome

  7. Sharon says:

    This is very similar to my own recipe and as a soup lover I could eat this everyday [and have! LOL]. I also add pureed cooked split peas for more protein and body, as well as some tiny dumplings & ground provisions cubes (yam, sweet potato, dasheen etc] for a heartier meal.

  8. pamcil says:

    I love this recipe , it’s delicious especially when you are starting to diet.

  9. Ayin Maryoung says:

    I am a soup lover its on my next menu

  10. Cheryl says:

    As always your recipes are GREAT. I will be trying it in the near future.

  11. Hi Chris,
    I tried your soup and loved it, its very healthy and I loved the idea of putting cinnamon in soup, its gives a good kick to it. Its great for these cold days we are experiencing. Thank you. God Bless!

  12. Jennifer says:

    Just in time for the coming cold days. My daughter and her family are vegetarian and I can see them all enjoying this. I will definitely be making this in batches and freezing.


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