This is a marvelous satisfying soup, made famous by the Jerusalem Remada Renaissance Hotel. Perfect for special occasions.


  • 2 large onions, sliced
  • 4 tablespoons oil
  • 7 cups water
  • 1½ pounds pumpkin, cubed
  • 1 medium white potato, cubed
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, cubed
  • 1 tablespoon pareve chicken soup mix
  • ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper
  • ½ cup nondairy creamer
  • 3 tablespoons margarine, optional
  • pine nuts for garnish, optional


In a stainless steel pot sauté onions in oil until golden. Add the water, pumpkin, potato, and sweet potatoes. Bring to a boil. Cover, lower heat, and simmer for about 35 minutes. With a hand blender, purée vegetables until smooth. Add soup mix, salt, and pepper, and continue simmering for an additional ten minutes. Stir in cream or nondairy creamer and remove from heat. Serve sprinkled with pine nuts. For a richer flavor, stir in 3 tablespoons of margarine while hot.

Serves 10