Sunday, January 30, 2011

Pumpkin Sausage Soup

Pumpkin sausage soup is perfect on a cool fall evening. I had a one-hour window to prepare dinner before having to leave for a couple of hours during prime dinner prep time. The soup was very quick to make and, after step 4, I poured the soup into a crock pot and kept it on low for a couple of hours until I got home. This soup scored high marks with Dave. I believe he said it was "amazingly delicious"! I have to agree. The flavors are awesome together and the sausage makes it hearty enough for a light supper. If you need more, feel free to add a salad or veggie side.

Adapted from

Serves 6.

2 pounds all-natural, nitrate-free, bulk Italian sausage
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, diced
2 15-oz cans organic pumpkin puree
32 ounces organic chicken stock
3/4 cups coconut milk
1 tsp ground cinnamon
freshly ground black pepper
sea salt
2 bay leaves
2 Tbsp toasted walnuts, chopped
2 Tbsp pear, finely minced

  1. Saute sausage in a large stock pot over medium heat for 3 minutes. Add onion and continue to saute, stirring occasionally until sausage is just cooked through and onion becomes clear, 10-15 minutes. Add garlic for the last 5 minutes of cooking time.
  2. Carefully remove all but 1 Tbsp oil from the pan.
  3. Add pumpkin and broth to pan. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in cinnamon and bay leaves. Bring soup to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Add coconut milk and stir to combine. Simmer an additional 5 minutes. At this point you can serve or transfer to a crock pot to keep warm until ready to serve.
  5. To serve, ladle into soup bowls. Garnish with pears and walnuts.


  1. Delicious. A friend of mine referred me to your site. May I try out this soup and share it on my blog?


  2. Thanks, Nicole--your blog looks great! I would love for you to try this recipe and share it. A mention back to Paleo Table would be awesome! And thanks to your friend for the referral. :-)

  3. I want to try this but have a question before I shop. When you say coconut milk, do you mean the can kind or the carton in the dairy section?

  4. Qwnbee77, I always purchase full-fat coconut milk in a can. I really like Thai Kitchen Organic coconut milk, which is available at many grocery stores in the Asian food section.

  5. I love this recipe! And I love sausage! I found that this needed a little sweetness with it, so throw some raisins or chopped dates on top and it works beautifully. I was also thinking about trying some pineapple with it, for some reason it sounds right in my head. Maybe because I always add pineapple to my chili. Thanks! I love this site and all your recipes!

    1. Thanks, Jeff! I'm so glad you like this recipe! I am also a big fan of sausage. I like your ideas. Dried cherries or cranberries might be good, too. Thank you for the great feedback!