Slow Cooker Pumpkin Soup (Vegan, Paleo)

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Soup! So creamy and comforting with coconut milk. Vegan, gluten-free, paleo, and all-around allergy-friendly.
Ingredients

Main Course
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (olive oil is fine if you don't have coconut)
  • 1/2 cup diced carrot
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 3 tablespoons grated ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic, diced
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 2 15-ounce cans pumpkin purée (or 4 cups homemade puree)
  • 1 15-oz can coconut milk, shaken
  • 2 1/2 cups low sodium vegetable broth (plus up to one cup more, to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Hot chili powder, to serve (optional)
  • Chopped fresh cilantro, to serve (optional)
  • Coconut milk yogurt, to serve (optional)
  • 3-quart or larger slow cooker
  • Immersion blender (or blender or food processor)

Special Equipment:
  • Slow cooker or Instant Pot on the slow cook setting
Directions
  • Sauté the vegetables: Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and warm the coconut oil. Add the carrot, onion, and celery and sauté for 5 to 7 minutes until the onions start to become translucent. Stir often to avoid browning. Add the ginger, garlic, and bay leaves and sauté for another couple of minutes.
  • Combine the sautéed veggies, pumpkin puree, coconut milk, vegetable broth, and salt in a 3-quart or larger slow cooker. Cook on low for 4 1/2 hours or on high for 3 hours.
  • Remove bay leaves and use an immersion blender to purée the soup until very smooth. Alternatively, puree the soup in a blender or food processor. Add extra stock if you'd like a thinner soup. Taste and add more salt if needed.
  • To serve: I like to sprinkle on some hot Thai chili powder, fresh cilantro, and swirl in some coconut milk yogurt.

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