This healthy Pumpkin Soup is rich, creamy and so easy to make on the stove or in your Instant Pot in less than an hour. A simple soup recipe that's cozy, comforting that's full of fall flavors and perfect anytime you're craving a healthy and delicious soup. Naturally vegan, gluten-free, paleo, Whole30 compliant and can easily be made low carb.
In a large pot over medium heat, heat oil and add onions and cook for a few minutes until translucent.
Add garlic, ginger diced pumpkin, carrots and curry powder and let it cook for about 3-5 minutes.
(Alternatively, you can roast the pumpkin and carrots before adding them to the pot. If roasting, chop the pumpkin into large sections instead of dicing them then spread evenly onto a large baking sheet with carrots and bake at 400F for 30-40 minutes, or until soft. This helps to soften the vegetables and bring out even more flavor. Once cooked, add them to the pot)
Pour in the vegetable stock and season with salt and black pepper. Bring to a boil, uncovered, then reduce heat to a simmer. Cook until pumpkin is fork-tender, about 30 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
*If you roasted the vegetables ahead of time, you will only need to simmer for about 5-10 minutes.
Stir in the coconut milk (reserving some for garnish) and remove pot from heat. Season to taste and allow to cool slightly. Use an immersion blender or pour into a high-speed blender (working in batches) and blend until smooth.
Serve and top with some chopped cilantro and a drizzle of reserved coconut cream, if desired. You can also top with some roasted pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds or chopped pecans (or roasted chickpeas if not grain-free) for some added crunch.
You can also top with some roasted pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds or chopped pecans (roasted chickpeas would be great as well if not paleo / Whole30) for some added crunch.
*If you don't have fresh pumpkin or any other squash, you can try subbing with one (15-ounce) can of pure pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling) - you may need to adjust the amount of seasonings, liquid and cook times.