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Ultimate Vegan Pumpkin Soup

Do you love squash soup as much as we do? This Vegan Pumpkin Soup is easy to make and will rock your autumn table!

Hello, fall! I adore this season with its array of colors, cooler temps, and produce filling the farmer’s market. And naturally, I love pumpkin anything. (I don’t even limit it to fall and winter.) But one thing I really love is a good vegan pumpkin soup. It’s healthy, filling, comforting, and warms you up when the weather is chilly.

We’ve partnered with Ava Jane’s Kitchen to bring you this yummy fall recipe made with their amazing Colima Sea Salt™.

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Most of the pumpkin we consume at this time of year comes from cans…am I right? It’s one of the easiest ways to add pumpkin to a recipe. But I implore you to try roasting fresh pumpkin. It’s inexpensive and the taste is superior. (And did you know that most canned pumpkin may not even contain “pumpkin?! Crazy!)

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There are a few options when it comes to roasting the pumpkin. One is to halve the pumpkin, scoop out the seeds and roast the halves. The other option is to peel and cube the squash. It’s totally up to you. I usually opt for the first one because it’s super easy.

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When you’re looking for a pumpkin, there are quite a few options out there. Sugar Pie pumpkins are wonderful for roasting. Their small size is more manageable than those giants we use for carving, even though you can roast those big guys too. Another of my favorite varieties of pumpkin is that kabocha variety. I find their knobby appearance charming and the flavor is fantastic too. And like I said, you can certainly substitute any winter squash here. Use your favorite or whatever is available in your area.

Not All Sea Salt is Equal

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Now let’s talk about this Colima Sea Salt™! There’s a reason salt is such an important part of just about any recipe. It enhances the flavor of our food and if you’re using the right kind of salt, we can also get trace minerals from the salt we use. Ava Jane’s Kitchen harvests their sea salt from Mexico only during a short period each year from the Cuyutlán Lagoon. It’s 100% all-natural, unrefined, and hand-harvested sea salt with 80 essential minerals.

Colima Sea Salt

Okay, so why does it matter if you use unrefined salt vs. refined salt? Well, first you have to understand the difference. Refined salt is just that: refined. All of the trace minerals have been removed and chemicals are added in. It also contains more sodium. Sea salt can also be refined, so it’s important to find sea salt that is harvest by hand and unrefined. It’s in its natural, crystalline state. It tastes better too.

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This Vegan Pumpkin Soup uses Colima Sea Salt™ in several stages: first is to season the veggies during roasting, then another pinch when blending up the soup, and the last is as a finishing salt. That’s a fancy way of saying “sprinkling the top of your food with high quality sea salt.” 😉 Because the Colima Sea Salt™ crystals are larger, they don’t dissolve as readily when added to food, so you get a burst of salty flavor and can use less than you would with another kind of salt.

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Ultimate Roasted Vegan Pumpkin Soup

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: dinner, Main Course, Soup


One thing I really love is a good vegan pumpkin soup. It’s healthy, filling, comforting, and warms you up when the weather is chilly. Check out the recipe notes for all the variations.



  • 2 small baking pumpkins (sugar pie pumpkin or another winter squash, about 44.5 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil (divided)
  • 1 medium yellow onion (peeled and cut into thick slices)
  • 5 whole garlic cloves (unpeeled)
  • 13.5 ounce can coconut milk (light or full-fat)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth (if needed)
  • Colima Sea Salt™ and black pepper (to taste)
  • Optional spices or herbs (see notes)

For serving:

  • 1 pinch Colima Sea Salt™


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Carefully cut open the pumpkins with a sharp chef’s knife and a steady cutting board. Scoop out the seeds and discard or save for another use.
  3. Rub the pumpkin halves with a little of the avocado oil. This keeps them from drying out during roasting. Toss a little more avocado oil with the onion and garlic. Arrange everything on the baking sheet. Sprinkle with the Colima Sea Salt™. (The pumpkins do better being set cut-side down on the baking sheet.) Place in oven to roast for 30-35 minutes, or until pumpkin is tender. The tip of a sharp paring knife should pierce through the pumpkin easily. Remove from oven and let cool slightly before handling.
  4. Scoop the cooked pumpkin flesh from the skins. Place into the jar of a blender. It should measure about 4 1/2 to 5 cups of pumpkin. Add the onion to the blender. Peel the garlic and add it to the blender too. Add a pinch of Colima Sea Salt™ and pour the can of coconut milk into the blender. Puree until smooth. If the soup is too thick, add a little water or broth until desired texture is reached. If desired, season according to the directions in the recipe notes.
  5. If the soup isn’t hot enough, pour into a saucepan and heat gently before serving.
  6. Garnish and serve immediately. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week.


Variations (make recipe as written, just add the following):

  • Toasted Pepita + Herb Garnish: heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a skillet and add 1/2 cup pepitas plus 1 tablespoon finely minced fresh herbs (rosemary, sage, and thyme), toast lightly and remove from heat. Garnish soup.
  • Curry Coconut: 1 tablespoon Thai or Indian curry paste/powder (to taste), serve with a scoop of brown rice on top, and a sprinkling of toasted coconut
  • Immune Booster: add 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger, 2 teaspoons ground turmeric, 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, and pinch of cayenne
  • Mexican-spiced: add 1 teaspoon each: dried oregano, ground cumin, and chili powder; top with chopped fresh cilantro -Savory + Sweet: add 1 medium diced green apple or pear to pan when roasting pumpkin; add 2 tablespoons fresh herbs, finely minced (sage, rosemary, and thyme)
  • Maple Spice: roast everything tossed with maple syrup, add 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, and top with maple candied pecans
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Disclosure: This Vegan Pumpkin Soup recipe was sponsored by Ava Jane’s Kitchen. All opinions expressed are 100% our own. Thanks for supporting our sponsors so we can bring you great content!

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  1. Margery

    October 10th, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Could you explain the remark above “And did you know that most canned pumpkin may not even contain “pumpkin?!“ You dropped that bomb and just left it there. What does it contain? My canned pumpkin lists the ingredients as ….pumpkin. And that’s it.

  2. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    October 11th, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Hi Margery,

    It’s kind of scary, but most canned pumpkin is actually a different variety of squash. While we love squash, it’s just scary that a company can actually fill those cans with a different vegetable than advertised. You can learn more in this Huffington Post article here…


  3. Jodi

    October 10th, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Apparently the FDA does not see any difference between pumpkin and other squash… the industry had determined that pumpkin isn’t so flavorful on its own and so most canned pumpkin is really canned squash of some sort. And it has been that way for a while now.


  4. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    October 11th, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Thanks for sharing, Jodi!

  5. Eileen

    October 10th, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    I grow pie pumpkins every 2-3 years and can it myself. So what I get I know is 100% pumpkin. I have tried other pumpkins and I do not consider them editable. One year I had invited my family to a vegan Thanksgiving. I had baked a big pumpkin that I had stuffed with the pumpkin stuffing all as outlined in a Mother Earth News magazine. It was the worst tasting thing any of us had ever eaten. The pumpkin looked good and smelled good but it and its stuffing ere terrible! Then I learned about pie pumpkins. They actually taste like the pumpkin in a can, only better!

  6. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    October 11th, 2017 at 10:30 am

    Hi Eileen,

    YES! Sugar or pie pumpkins are definitely what you’re looking for in this recipe! While your Thanksgiving sounds amazing – pumpkins you use for carving are definitely not as yummy.

  7. Jen Hansard

    October 11th, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    This recipe looks amazing Lindsey! i can’t wait to get my hands on some pumpkins and make it myself. Thank you for sharing and educating us about sea salt too— I learned so much and def love a great salt company. Ava Jane’s sounds like they got it right!

  8. Madeline

    October 14th, 2017 at 10:19 am

    My partner unfortunately doesn’t like coconut – (it’s his only flaw lol). How coconut-y is this soup in the end? Would it work if I substituted almond milk for the coconut milk? Thanks!

  9. Jen Hansard

    October 17th, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Hey Madeline- You can def swap the coconut milk for almond milk. It would be less sweet, but more earthy and nutty. Yet I think it would delicious!

  10. Louise

    October 17th, 2018 at 9:52 am

    Can I substitute butternut squash for pumpkin?

  11. Jane

    October 17th, 2018 at 11:08 am

    IHi Amanda – I read the Huffington Post article to which you referred and am puzzled as to why you would refer us to an article on pumpkin pie filling which doesn’t make any reference to plain pumpkin. Here in Canada pumpkin pie filling is pumpkin which has spices included but plain p umpkin, which I assume would be the base of your soup recipe is just pumpkin. The ingredient in the brand I buy is 100% pure pumpkin and is, in fact, a product t of the U.S.!

  12. Jane

    October 17th, 2018 at 11:20 am

    P.S. to my above post – did a bit more research after discovering the pumpkin I use is Dickinson Pumpkin which is a pie pumpkin. Looks like Libby’s may be the manufacturer of this particular pumpkin. The brand here in Canada is E.D. Smith and is 100% Dickinson Pumpkin.

  13. Esperanza Chavez

    November 29th, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    I have made this recipe four times now as it has become a favorite. The very first time I made the recipe I used the small cooking pumpkins. The soup was delicious! Then, I used acorn and butternut squash because I wasn’t able to find the small pumpkins. The soup was still delicious! My husband loved the acorn squash the best. Thank you to all who made this recipe come to life!

  14. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    December 2nd, 2019 at 8:54 am

    That is so great!! So glad that you still loved this recipe trying different ingredients!

  15. Dani Mitchell

    December 3rd, 2019 at 11:53 am

    I actually made this soup last year and really liked it! It was a little intimidating at first, but I am trying to eat more “seasonal” and this was all about that! I forgot all about this soup until you sent the email this morning. Maybe this time I’ll try one of the seasoning tweaks you suggest to change it up.

  16. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    December 4th, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    I am so glad that our email inspired you to try our seasonal tweaks to change things up. Let us know what you think once you give them a try!

  17. Amanda

    December 3rd, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    I love how simple + delicious this recipe is. Add the salt + pumpkin seeds on top + it’s AMAZING!!

  18. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    December 4th, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    Thank Amanda! We are so happy that you love this recipe so much!!!

  19. Erin

    December 3rd, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    Already have everything to make this soup, can’t wait to give it a try! Pumpkin is my favorite

  20. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    December 4th, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    That’s so great you already have everything at home to make this soup. Let us know how you like it once you give it a try!!!

  21. Kim

    December 3rd, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    This is the perfect recipe for a cold evening. Can’t wait to make this one!

  22. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    December 4th, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    It really is the perfect warm winter dish!! We hope you enjoy it 🙂

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