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Creamy Vegan Pumpkin Soup

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small white onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • One 15-ounce can pure pumpkin puree
  • 3 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • Kosher salt
  • Roasted pumpkin seeds, for garnish (optional)

Directions

  1. In a large pot, heat the oil over moderate heat. Add the onion and sauté for 5 minutes. Add the garlic, sugar, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg and cayenne pepper and cook for 3 minutes. Add the pumpkin puree and broth, stir to incorporate, season with salt and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Stir in the coconut milk and let cool for 10 minutes.
  2. Transfer the soup to a blender (or use an emulsion blender in the pot) and puree until smooth. If needed, add additional water or broth to reach the desired consistency. Return the mixture to the saucepan. Serve warm and garnish with roasted pumpkin seeds.
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