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Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Soup

October 5, 2021

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Creamy and warming, pumpkin and sweet potato soup is an easy, healthy, vegan soup that can be made on the stovetop or in the slow cooker or Instant Pot.

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about this healthy pumpkin and sweet potato soup

This satisfying vegetarian soup is made with canned pumpkin so it’s super easy to make any night of the week.

It makes for a great lunch, starter, or main course served with crusty bread and a big green salad.

This recipe was inspired by Jamie Oliver’s pumpkin soup, which is made by adding whole roasted pumpkin, along with fresh ginger, and chili pepper.

I streamlined the process by using canned pumpkin, as well as using canned chipotle pepper, plus dried ginger in the form of pumpkin pie spice.

A note, too, that if you want to make this soup for toddlers, skip the chipotle chili, as well as the maple syrup. You can also reduce the salt to 1 teaspoon.

black crockpot filled with chopped sweet potatoes and spices and pumpkin puree

Process & Tips for Making Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Soup

This recipe can be made on the stovetop, in a crockpot, or in an electric pressure cooker, so choose the method that works best for you and your schedule. 

Use an immersion blender for an ultra creamy vegan soup, or carefully blend in batches in a blender – both work great for creating a creamy texture.

Ingredients and Substitutions

  • olive oil: any neutral flavored oil will work in this recipe, omit it entirely for an oil-free option.
  • white onion: if you don’t like or can’t eat onion, feel free to leave it out.
  • chipotle pepper: skip the pepper to keep this soup mild, or double it for an extra spice kick. You can also use dried chili powder in its place.
  • garlic powder: use 2 cloves of fresh garlic in place of garlic powder if you prefer.
  • pumpkin pie spice: pumpkin spice is a mix of cinnamon, ginger, clove, and nutmeg. If you don’t have it use a combination of dried cinnamon, ginger, clove, and nutmeg.
  • kosher salt: look for kosher salt with the regular iodized salt at the grocery store. It has a subtler flavor. Use less iodized salt if that’s what you have on hand.
  • canned pumpkin puree: 2 cups of fresh pumpkin puree can be used in place of 1 can of pumpkin puree.
  • sweet potato: butternut squash would work as a substitute too.
  • vegetable broth: use chicken stock in place of vegetable broth.
  • lemon juice: red wine vinegar or white wine vinegar will work as a substitute.
  • maple syrup: honey or brown sugar will also work. The maple syrup adds a nice balance to the earthiness of the pumpkin, but you can omit it to keep this recipe free of added sugar & whole30 friendly.
  • coconut milk: use canned, unsweetened, full-fat coconut milk for the most creamy results. Heavy cream can also be used.

Tip: Make sure you use unsweetened pumpkin puree for this recipe (and not pumpkin pie filling, which would make this recipe taste very different)

a ladle full of blended creamy sweet potato soup

What to Serve with Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Soup

This creamy pumpkin soup goes well with a simple green salad and crusty bread.

We love it with our Easy Fall Harvest Salad, Chopped Kale Salad or any greens tossed with our Easy Apple Cider Vinaigrette.

Freshly baked muffins like our One-Bowl Apple Cornmeal Muffins, One-Bowl Triple Apple Cider Muffins, or One-Bowl Cornbread Muffins would also go great with this soup.

how freeze and store leftover soup

This creamy sweet potato soup will keep well in the fridge for up to 3-4 days, in a sealed container

It also freezes well, store in a sealed freezer friendly container for up to 2-3 months.

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Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Soup

Yield 6
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 36 mins
Total Time 46 mins

Creamy and warming, pumpkin and sweet potato soup is an easy, healthy, vegan soup that can be made on the stovetop or in the slow cooker or Instant Pot.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 white onion chopped
  • 1 tsp minced chipotle pepper (from a can of chipotle in adobo)
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic powder
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 can pumpkin puree
  • 6 cups chopped, peeled sweet potato
  • 1 quart vegetable broth

To add at the end:

  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • cup canned, unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 tsp salt (optional)

Instructions

Stovetop Instructions

  • In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and saute until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the chipotle pepper, garlic powder, and salt, stirring to combine. Cook for 1 minute, until the spices are fragrant.
  • Add the pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and vegetable broth, stirring to combine.
  • Cover, bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cook for 25-30 minutes or until the sweet potato is very tender.
  • Turn off the heat. Using an immersion blender, carefully blend the soup until it’s smooth and creamy. Alternative, carefully transfer the soup in batches to a blender. Blend on high until smooth.
  • Add the lemon juice, maple syrup, coconut milk, and additional salt, if desired.

Slow Cooker Instructions

  • In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and saute until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the chipotle pepper, garlic powder, and salt, stirring to combine. Cook for 1 minute, until the spices are fragrant.
  • Carefully transfer to a 6-quart slow cooker. Add the pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and vegetable broth, stirring to combine.
  • Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 6-7, or until the potatoes are tender. Using an immersion blender, carefully blend the soup until it’s smooth and creamy. Alternative, carefully transfer the soup in batches to a blender. Blend on high until smooth.
  • Add the lemon juice, maple syrup, coconut milk, and additional salt, if desired.

Instant Pot Instructions

  • Set a 6-quart pressure cooker to saute. Allow to pre-heat for 5 minutes. Add the olive oil and the onion, then saute until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the chipotle pepper, garlic powder, and salt, stirring to combine. Cook for 1 minute, until the spices are fragrant.
  • Add the pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and vegetable broth, stirring to combine.
  • Cover and set to high pressure for 8 minutes. Quick release the pressure.
  • Using an immersion blender, carefully blend the soup until it’s smooth and creamy. Alternative, carefully transfer the soup in batches to a blender. Blend on high until smooth.
  • Add the lemon juice, maple syrup, coconut milk, and additional salt, if desired.

Notes

See above post for ingredient substitutions.
If you’re sensitive to spice, leave out the chipotle pepper. Or, if you like things extra spicy, double the amount.
The maple syrup adds a nice balance to the earthiness of the pumpkin, but you can omit it to keep this recipe free of added sugar and whole30 friendly.
Leftover soup thickens up considerably in the fridge. To thin it back out, simply reheat and add a splash of vegetable stock.

Nutrition

Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 1496mg | Potassium: 658mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 30272IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 2mg
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