1 1/2cupschopped sweet yellow onion - about 1 medium
3clovesgarlic - minced (about 1 tablespoon)
1tablespoonminced fresh ginger
3tablespoonsThai red curry paste
2-3cupslow-sodium vegetable broth - or low-sodium chicken broth if the soup being vegetarian is not a concern, divided
2tablespoonsalmond butter - or peanut butter, I used natural drippy peanut butter
2canspure pumpkin puree - (15 ounce cans) not pumpkin pie filling
1/2tablespooncoconut sugar - or light brown sugar. Do not omit, as it balances the flavor of the soup
1/2 teaspoonkosher salt
1/4teaspoonground black pepper
1/8 to 1/4 teaspooncayenne pepper - plus additional to taste
1canlight coconut milk - (14 ounces)
For topping: chopped roasted peanuts or pepitas - chopped fresh cilantro, coconut cream or plain nonfat Greek yogurt
In a large pot or Dutch oven, melt the coconut oil over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté for 5 minutes, until translucent. Add the garlic and ginger and cook 1 additional minute, until fragrant. Stir in the Thai curry paste.
In a small bowl or large measuring cup, whisk together 1/3 cup of the vegetable broth and the almond butter or peanut butter until smooth. Add the mixture to the pot. Add the pumpkin, coconut sugar, cumin, salt, pepper, cayenne, and 1 2/3 cups of the remaining vegetable broth. Stir until well combined.
With an immersion blender, puree the soup until completely smooth, adding a little of the coconut milk if it is too thick to blend smoothly. Alternatively, you can ladle the soup carefully into a blender or food processor and puree it in small batches. Stir in the remaining coconut milk. If the soup is too thick for your liking, add additional vegetable broth until you reach your desired consistency.
Taste and add additional salt, black pepper, and/or cayenne pepper as desired. (My batch needed an extra pinch of salt; this will vary based on you vegetable broth). Serve hot with desired toppings.
Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 2 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator and reheat gently on the stovetop or in the microwave.