Savory Pumpkin Stew

Overhead view of a pot of savory pumpkin stew with potatoes, beans, and kale.

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An easy, hearty, big-batch Savory Pumpkin Stew recipe in one-pot! 9 clean ingredients plus a few spices. Gluten-free, dairy-free, and grain-free.


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  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 pound ground beef or turkey
  • 3 cups broth (chicken, beef, or vegetable)
  • 3 medium russet potatoes, diced
  • 1 15-oz can pumpkin puree
  • 1 15-oz can white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 cups curly kale, stems removed and torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 2/3 cup full fat coconut milk


  • 4 medium bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Onion: Add olive oil and onion to a large pot on medium-high heat. Saute for about 5 minutes, stirring on occasion, until the onions are soft and begin to caramelize.
  2. Meat: Add the ground meat to the pot and cook until browned, stirring on occasion (5-7 minutes). See 'Substitutions' below for a vegan version.
  3. Soup it up: Add all other ingredients to the pot except kale and coconut milk.
  4. Simmer: Stir the ingredients together. Heat to a simmer and cook, stirring on occasion, until the potatoes are soft (about 15 minutes).
  5. Finish: Then add kale and ⅔ cup coconut milk. Bring to a simmer again and it's done! Serve warm and enjoy.


Tip: Chop the potatoes in a small dice (about 1 centimeter cubes) so they cook faster. Cooking time can vary by a full 10 minutes depending on the size of the dice.

Storage: Store leftover Pumpkin Stew in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.


Vegan - use vegetable broth and replace the ground meat with 1 additional can of beans of your choosing.

Paleo or Whole 30 - simply omit the beans or replace them with 1 ½ cups sliced mushrooms.

Heavy cream - instead of coconut milk, you can use heavy cream.

Spinach - in a pinch, readers have used spinach and said it still turns out great.

Fresh basil - add fresh basil to garnish in addition to the dried basil in the recipe to make it special for dinner guests.