Cream of pumpkin soup (Paleo possible)

cream of pumpkin soup - can be paleo

 

This easy cream of pumpkin soup is one of my all-time cold weather favorites! And when you make it with coconut milk, it’s super healthy! There’s no taste of coconut in it, just the smooth richness of heavy cream without the problem of dairy, for those who avoid it.

It calls for using a stick blender or regular blender to make it a truly smooth soup. But if you don’t have either of those or just don’t want to mess with them, just mince your onion smaller and leave it at that.

I’m pretty wimpy when it comes to spices, and 1/16th teaspoon of cayenne is just right for me; I could maybe stand it a bit hotter. If you like heat, add more to your liking.

I like to keep a batch of this made up in the fridge in the winter, and heat some up for lunch with a few additions: cooked, crumbled sausage is one of my favorites! Cooked, diced potato would be nice, too. Cauliflower works. Bacon is a nice topper, too. But then, #baconmakeseverythingbetter!

Paleo Cream of Pumpkin Soup

About 10 – 12 small side servings; fewer if served as main dish.

1 medium yellow onion, chopped

2 tablespoons butter or ghee

32 oz. (4 cups) chicken broth; homemade bone broth, if you’ve got it

1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree

1 teaspoon salt – or more, or taste

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon turmeric (optional)

1/16 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne (optional)

1 cup full-fat, thick coconut milk (or heavy cream, if you prefer)

Saute onion in butter in a 3-quart saucepan until tender. Add two cups of chicken broth; stir well. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes.

Process the mixture with a stick blender until smooth. Or pour into a regular blender and process till smooth. Return broth to saucepan.

Add remaining broth, pumpkin, salt, and spices; stir well. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Whisk in whipping cream or coconut milk and heat through. Do not boil. Taste and adjust salt or seasonings as desired.

Ladle into individual soup bowls. If desired, garnish with a bit of cream, coconut milk, bacon, and/or black pepper.

Enjoy!

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Jana

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