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Soup Joumou

Soup Joumou

Soup Joumou, a velvety kabocha squash soup flavored by thick-cut veggies, hearty beef, and a revolution. Joumou aka Haitian Independence soup is made on New Years Day, the day Haitians liberated themselves from French colonizers.

The story goes that enslaved Haitians were not allowed to drink this soup because it was only for the French slaveholders. When Haitians gained independence they reclaimed the soup in celebration.

Jikoni junior editor, Jasmyn shares her family recipe for this traditional Haitian soup.

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Soup Joumou

  • Author: Jasmyn Crawford
  • Yield: Serves 6-8


A velvety kabocha squash soup flavored by thick-cut veggies and hearty beef.


1 medium (2 pounds) Kabocha Squash

3 tablespoons grapeseed oil

1 ½ pounds beef chuck, cut into 1-inch pieces

½ cup Haitian epis

1 yellow onion, large diced

6 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup beef stock

½ small head of green cabbage, cored and cut into 1-inch pieces

2 medium waxy potatoes (yukon gold), cut into 1-inch pieces

2 large carrots, peeled and cut into ½-inch pieces

1 leek, light green part only and cut into ½ inch pieces

5 cloves

2 sprigs of thyme

Small handful of flat leaf parsley

1 scotch bonnet or habanero
½ pound rigatoni pasta

Salt to taste



  • You can use frozen kabocha squash puree if available at your local supermarket, just defrost it a bit beforehand.
  • Bone-in beef chuck will make a more flavorful soup, you can even use chicken, or go meatless.
  • Usually pasta is added directly to the soup, to keep noodles from becoming soggy it’s suggested to make them on the side and add to the soup upon serving
  • Soup will thicken as it sits, add a little water when reheating to desired consistency.

Jasmyn Crawford is the Junior Editor at Jikoni. She began cooking for herself at age 11 and attended CCAP (Careers through Culinary Arts Program) shortly after. When she’s not cooking, she enjoys curating events and writing about food, culture, and travel. You’ll likely catch her wandering in a farmer’s market or booking her next trip.

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