Savory Paleo Pumpkin Soup for Thanksgiving

Last Updated on January 30, 2024 by Ellen Christian

You will love this savory Paleo pumpkin soup! This is one of my favorite savory recipes with pumpkin. Make a batch of my pumpkin paleo soup today and see why.

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Easy Savory Pumpkin Soup Recipe

Savory Paleo Pumpkin Soup

I always end up having a few pumpkins at Halloween time. Sometimes I pick them up at the farmer’s market. Sometimes neighbors drop off their extras. While I like to keep one for the front porch, I love to cook with them too

I am seeing so many sweet pumpkin recipes online that I decided I needed to find something savory that was Paleo so I could enjoy the pumpkin taste without cheating. If you’re looking for Whole30 pumpkin soup, this one is Whole30 compliant as well.

I’ve made Butternut Squash Soup before so it only stands to reason that it’s possible to make a pumpkin soup too. They’re both winter squashes. I wanted to make sure that this one was paleo so it took a bit of playing around before I got it the way I wanted it to be.

a jar of Greek yogurt

Best milk for creamy pumpkin soup

I really enjoyed the paleo version of this soup. Making this paleo pumpkin soup with coconut milk creates the perfect consistency.

It’s creamy with the coconut milk but you could always try unsweetened almond milk if you prefer. It just wouldn’t be as thick that way. If you’re not paleo, you can use Greek yogurt or even evaporated milk as the base or go half and half with each.

If you want to save time and you don’t have pumpkin puree already made, you could definitely use a can of pumpkin puree. Just do not use pumpkin pie filling as this is not supposed to be a sweet soup.

adding seasoning to cooked chicken

Paleo pumpkin chicken soup variation

It’s very easy to turn this savory paleo pumpkin soup into chicken soup. Just add diced, cooked chicken at the end of the recipe process and heat until it’s warmed through. You could even make this after Thanksgiving to use up leftover turkey.

Easy Savory Pumpkin Soup Recipe

Topping for pumpkin soup

In the past, I would have tossed a handful of crotons on my soup and called it a day. But, since this is a paleo pumpkin soup, croutons are not on the menu. Crumbled bacon bits are a great alternative.

If you want this to be vegan pumpkin soup, try crumbling a meat alternative on top. I have never tried it, so I cannot guarantee it. But, it’s worth a try. Or, you can always scatter pumpkin seeds on top. It will give visual interest and a little bit of crunch.

butternut squash soup

Pumpkin alternatives

If you don’t have pumpkin leftover to use, you can make this recipe with butternut squash. Just follow the directions below and use butternut squash in place of pumpkin. The taste will be very similar since they are both hard winter squashes. Let me know if you try it and I can update the recipe.

What seasonings should I add?

I don’t use a lot of seasonings when I cook. I love the way the pumpkin flavor comes through. But, if you want a paleo curried pumpkin soup, you can certainly add curry powder.

How much you add will depend on how much you like curry. My personal preference is to add fresh sage. Sage is definitely one of my favorite culinary herbs.

How should I store leftovers?

If you have leftovers of this savory paleo pumpkin soup, you can store it in the refrigerator for three to five days. When you want to reheat it, you can microwave it on low power until it is hot.

Or, you can put it in a pan and reheat it over low heat. It tastes just as good the next day. I have never tried freezing this soup before so I am not sure how that would turn out.

pumpkins in a farm cart

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Savory Paleo Pumpkin Soup

Savory paleo pumpkin soup
Savory Paleo Pumpkin Soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 2 cups of chicken broth
  • 2 cups of pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup of full-fat coconut milk (reserve 1 tbsp)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp powdered sage
  • 1/4 tsp celery salt or powder
  • 2 tbsp cooked bacon, crumbled
  • sage leaves for the top
  • pumpkin seeds to stir in or top


  1. Place the broth, pumpkin puree, coconut milk, salt, pepper, sage powder and celery salt in a sauce pan.
  2. Cook over medium until well blended and it thickens slightly.
  3. Stir in 1 tbsp bacon crumbles and pumpkin seeds if desired.
  4. Pour into bowls.
  5. Stir in a bit of extra coconut milk in each bowl to give it a marbled look
  6. Top with remaining bacon crumbles and fresh sage leaves, minced


You can use vegetable broth instead of chicken and leave out the bacon to make this vegan.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 533Total Fat: 37gSaturated Fat: 25gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 2512mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 13gSugar: 9gProtein: 17g

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16 thoughts on “Savory Paleo Pumpkin Soup for Thanksgiving”

  1. This looks amazing! I don't eat bacon, but I think it'd be just as delicious w.o! And I have some pumpkin I need to get to baking. YUM.
  2. I've never tried Pumpkin Soup before, but I'm definitely going to try this recipe. Our family loves anything with pumpkin in it. Thanks for the recipe.
  3. Finally the pumpkins are on sale so I can make this. The squash is also on sale so getting some of that too and I'll steam them. I don't eat little piggies so will have to sub the bacon flavor but I'm used to that. I'd leave out the salt too but just for me since I don't care for it. Love the coconut in this.
  4. I never use fresh pumpkin because they end up all being decorations but I totally need to try this and follow the directions :)

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