This creamy vegan bean soup is hearty and delicious. It’s full of protein and vitamins and it is naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free so everyone can enjoy it. The whole family loves it including my Omni friends and family. It’s one of those things that you can make for a party or to serve a crowd and everyone loves it.
Why you will love this recipe …
- Children and adults, carnivores and vegans, all love it! (Even my Omni friends and family ask me for the recipe every time I make it.)
- So simple to make, but tastes like you fussed over it all day.
- It’s one of those meals that I always keep the ingredients on hand in the pantry, and it can be whipped up quickly.
- Most of the ingredients are canned goods, so this is a great choice on those days when fresh produce is running low.
What you need to make this vegan bean soup:
- Onion – for flavor.
- Garlic – for flavor.
- Oil – any neutral-flavored oil will work to saute the onions in. You can use a little extra vegetable broth instead to make it oil-free if you would like
- Beans – any type that you have will work. I usually use 2 cans of black, pinto, or white beans or about 3 cups of cooked beans.
- Canned Tomato – for acidity and flavor. You can use crushed, diced, or even whole tomatoes. They will be pureed in the end so it doesn’t matter how they are chopped. Tip: Fire roasted tomatoes will give your soup a little bit of smoky flavor if you like that.
- Canned Pumpkin – to add creaminess, flavor, and tons of healthy vitamin A.
- Vegetable Broth – for liquid and flavor. If you don’t have broth, water will work.
- Cumin – for flavor.
- Cinnamon – for flavor.
- Salt – for flavor. You will need to add more if you make the soup with water instead of broth.
- Vegan Sour Cream – to swirl in and make it creamier and prettier. (optional) You can easily make your own vegan sour cream.
How do I make creamy pumpkin bean soup?
- Simply saute the onions and garlic in a little olive oil over low heat for about 5 minutes until they are translucent.
- Then add the rest of the ingredients to the pot and simmer for 20 minutes.
- Puree the soup with an immersion blender (or transfer small amounts to a blender then back into the soup pot).
- Simmer on low for an additional 20 minutes to allow all of the flavors to come together.
- Serve with a dollop of vegan sour cream.
If using a traditional blender: Puree in small batches! Be very careful to only blend 2 cups at a time so it doesn’t overflow and burn you! Trust me – I’ve done this, it hurts and it’s a mess! I make this soup so much that I bought my immersion blender for the main purpose of making this soup easier. I love a medal immersion blender so I don’t have to worry about putting plastic into the hot liquid.
- You can use water and just add a little more salt if you don’t have any vegetable broth.
- If you don’t have black beans, any other type of beans will work too.
- Four cups of liquid usually make a good consistency.
- You can adjust the liquid to make the soup thicker or thinner.
Can I make this pumpkin bean soup in the crockpot?
Pumpkin bean soup works great in a slow cooker!
- Just dump all of the ingredients in the crock-pot in the morning. (I usually add an extra 3/4 cup of water if I make it in the crock-pot so it doesn’t get too thick).
- Set to low and let it cook for 6-8 hours.
- Puree before serving.
What if I want my pumpkin bean soup to be chunky?
You can eat this pumpkin bean soup without pureeing it. If you eat it this way, it is like a bean stew with chunks of tomatoes. The pumpkin broth has a nice rich flavor and the bean soup is delicious this way too.
Are you feeding picky eaters?
This soup is perfect for picky eaters! Even though I can’t get my eldest son to eat even a piece of tomato, yet he will eat bowl after bowl of this soup never noticing that there is a full can of tomatoes in it!
How can I make this soup creamier?
A dollop of sour cream is the perfect way to top off this soup. You can find vegan sour cream in most big grocery stores or natural foods markets, but I like to save money and use my own homemade vegan sour cream recipe.
Serve this soup with my delicious vegan cheddar bay biscuits for a full meal!
Some more vegan soups that you will love:
- Vegan Chicken Noodle
- Creamy Zucchini Soup
- Vegan Cream of Broccoli Soup
- Vegan Minestrone Soup
- Creamy Vegan Butternut Squash Soup
- Vegan Taco Soup
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An easy vegan and gluten-free soup made with pumpkin beans and veggies pureed into a creamy healthy soup.
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 1 tbsp cumin
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 4 cups vegetable broth or water
- 2 15.5 oz cans of beans rinsed and drained black, white, or kidney beans work well
- 1 16 oz can of pumpkin
- 1 15.5oz can of diced tomatoes
- 1 tbsp vegan sour cream
- In a soup pot, sauté the onions and garlic in olive oil.
Add salt and spices and cook on low for about 5 minutes until the onions are translucent.
Add vegetable broth, pumpkin, beans, and tomatoes.
Simmer for 20 minutes.
Blend with an immersion blender until smooth.
Simmer on low for 20 more minutes to let the flavors blend.
- This soup works great in the crockpot. Just put in all the ingredients plus an extra 3/4 cup water in the crockpot and cook on low for about 6 hours.
- I usually use black beans, but any cooked beans will work.
- This soup is also good chunky if you don't want to puree it.
- It's delicious with vegan sour cream on top!
* This recipe was originally posted on 2/16/17. It was updated on 3/23/20 to include new pictures and more detailed information.