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Slow-Cooker Pumpkin Patch Soup

A tasty not-just-for-fall pumpkin soup from "101 Super-Easy Slow-Cooker Recipes" by Gooseberry Patch.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 3 slices thick-cut bacon
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 29- oz cans pumpkin
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup apple cider
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream

Instructions

  • Heat oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add pumpkin seeds to oil, cook and stir until seeds begin to pop (about 1 minute). Remove seeds to a bowl and set aside.
  • Add bacon to skillet and cook until crisp. Remove bacon to a paper towel to drain; crumble and refrigerate.
  • Add onion to drippings in pan. Saute onion until translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in seasonings.
  • Spoon onion mixture into a slow cooker. Whisk pumpkin, broth, and cider into onion mixture.
  • Cover and cook on high for 4 hours.
  • Whisk in cream before serving.
  • Top servings with pumpkin seeds and crumbled bacon.