This keto pumpkin soup is what fall dreams are made of! Not only is the flavour and aroma incredible, but this dish is so easy to make too.

Chunks of pumpkin combined with a smoky, salty bacon hock make a delicious soup that tastes amazing. And there’s even more good news with this dish – it is cooked entirely in the slow cooker! Simply add your ingredients and go about your day.

keto pumpkin soup in a white mug garnished with bacon and cream
Keto Slow Cooker Bacon And Pumpkin Soup (3 Ingredients).

This soup can be enjoyed by absolutely everyone. It’s low-carb, gluten-free, keto, and dairy-free, made with just 3 ingredients. It was inspired by my other slow-cooker pumpkin soup with coconut.

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ingredients needed for keto pumpkin soup
Ingredients needed for keto pumpkin and bacon soup

Is pumpkin keto?

Fresh pumpkin is a wonderful sweet low-carb vegetable that is versatile and perfect for the keto diet or low-carb diet.

Pumpkin is used in savoury dishes such as pumpkin and coconut soup, roast pumpkin, or mashed pumpkin with butter and garlic. It can also be used in sweet recipes such as keto chocolate pumpkin pie, pumpkin pie spice fudge, and pumpkin pie spice latte.

It is low carb, low calorie, low fiber, low protein, and contains vitamin A, vitamin C, and iron.

Pumpkin nutrition per 100g (raw): 6.5 g total carbs, 0.5 g fiber, 6 g net carbs, 1 g protein, 0.1 g fat, 26 calories.

nutrition for pumpkin values


Low carb recipes don’t have to be complicated or fussy, this keto pumpkin soup is easy peasy! In fact, this pumpkin soup recipe only has 3 basic ingredients (quantities and instructions are in the recipe card below):

Pumpkin – remember when I said this soup was easy? You don’t even have to make homemade pumpkin puree. Instead, just grab a fresh pumpkin and chop it into rough pieces before adding it to the slow cooker. Almost any pumpkin or squash variety will work. I love using cinderella pumpkins, jack-o-lantern pumpkins, or butternut squash for the best texture, but others work too.

Bacon hock – this ingredient makes the keto pumpkin soup have a delightful smokey bacon flavour that when combined with pumpkin is deliciously salty and sweet. It’s addictive No idea what a bacon hock is? Read more below.

Boiling Water – straight out of the kettle works fine and it speeds up the heating/cooking in the slow-cooker.

Yup, that’s it!


Bacon Hock

If you can’t find a bacon hock where you live, ask your butcher for a ham hock or some other similar cured joint of meat.

In reality, any meat bones would be lovely in this recipe, but you may need to add salt and flavourings if the meat is not cured in any way. I don’t add salt or herbs to this recipe because the bacon hock imparts a lovely salty smokey flavour.

If you were to use chicken bones, for example, you might want to add some dried or fresh rosemary, crushed garlic, or other fresh chopped herbs and seasoning to taste.

Remember to remove all the bones from any meat before serving, especially chicken bones which are tiny.

Why not keep the leftover bones from roast dinners in the freezer, ready for when you want to make this keto pumpkin soup recipe? Or bone broth?


If you aren’t able to find a fresh pumpkin to make this recipe, you have a few choices.

You can use canned pumpkin puree instead of fresh, but you’ll want to adjust the cooking time to 2-3 hours rather than the longer 6+. You also need to read the nutrition label to ensure there are no added sugars or starches.

While you can use fresh pumpkin puree, it’s really not worth your time to make it. As the chunks of pumpkin cook in the slow cooker, it will cook into its own puree of sorts!

You can also make this keto pumpkin soup with squash instead of pumpkin. The chunk of squash will cook nicely and still give you a similar flavour.


The main thing you need for this keto pumpkin soup recipe is a slow cooker.

You also might want to have an immersion blender on hand. While this is not a must-have, it can give you an even smoother puree for your soup!

No slow cooker? You can also make this on the stove top in a large stock pot. Just keep it simmering on medium heat for several hours, and give it a stir every once in a while.


This soup as-is works so well. It’s simple and flavourful! However, you can play with this pumpkin soup and change it up as well. Here are a few ideas:

Smoky soup – if you feel like being a bit fancy, you can fry up some bacon in a pan, then set the bacon aside. Use the bacon grease to coat and cook your pumpkin in, then mash it down a bit to create freshly roasted pumpkin puree. Make the soup as directed, then top with some of the bacon.

Creamy keto soup – add a bit of sour cream or canned coconut cream to your soup before serving. Then top with roasted pumpkin seeds.

Herbal soup – keep the recipe the same but toss in some fresh herbs as it cooks. I like this keto pumpkin soup with fresh thyme or chopped parsley.

Spicy soup – the sweet soup works very well with spice if you crave it! Add a few dashes of cayenne pepper then enjoy.

Want to try another low-carb pumpkin soup recipe? You’ll love this vegan pumpkin soup with coconut milk!


Place the pumpkin chunks and bacon hock in your slow cooker. Then, add boiling water over the top. Set on low for 6-10 hours or high for 3-4, depending on when you want dinner ready.

pumpkin diced and bacon in a slow-cooker
Bacon hock and chopped fresh pumpkin

Once the bacon hock has been cooking in the slow cooker for a few hours, remove the joint of meat from the slow cooker and place it on a chopping board to start pulling the meat away from the bones.

chopped bacon on a black board
Chopped cooked bacon

All the collagen, gelatine, and amazing nutrients will have been boiled into the soup so you may discard the bones now and place the meat back into the slow cooker dish.

You can serve the keto pumpkin soup as it is, rustic, lumpy, and pieces of meat clearly visible.

Personally, I like to make it smooth with my stick/immersion blender. It’s completely up to you.

pureed smooth keto pumpkin soup in the slow-cooker
Smooth and creamy keto pumpkin soup

Keto garlic bread

What to serve with keto pumpkin soup? This soup recipe is practically begging to be served with a lovely chunk of bread. Fortunately, you have plenty of low-carb options to choose from!

This cheesy keto garlic bread made with fat head dough is the most popular bread recipe on Ditch The Carbs. It’s a firm favourite the whole family will love.

cooked garlic bread on a wooden board garnished wth parsley
Keto cheesy garlic bread

You might also like to serve it with low-carb focaccia bread. This can be made as one loaf or rolled out to become a flatbread. Simply slice and serve with lashings of butter or toast before serving.

I also recommend this low-carb 3-seed multigrain bread , keto cheese bread loaf (almond flour recipe), or these 4-ingredient keto breadsticks.

This keto pumpkin soup also pairs well with this easy keto cornbread (less than 3 carbs!)

You can also add garlic butter. Either to the bread or as a garnish to the bacon and pumpkin soup.


keto pumpkin soup in a white mug garnished with bacon and cream
A mug of creamy salty-sweet keto pumpkin soup

Storing this keto pumpkin soup is easy! Just add it to an airtight container with a lid and place it in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Curious if you can freeze soups like this one? Well, you can! Simply spoon the cooked soup into freezer-safe containers. Make sure to leave a few inches for expansion, then add the lid and place it in the freezer.

Keto pumpkin soup FAQs

What is a bacon hock?

I have used bacon hock and bacon bones before in recipes but my American followers are often confused. The picture below shows what I can buy here in New Zealand. By definition, bacon hock is similar to ham hock.

Bacon hock for making keto pumpkin soup

They are the same joint from the pig but bacon is cured and salted, whereas ham is salted and cooked. The confusion arises because bacon is generally made from a flank of meat with no bone. Both are delicious, but you may need to add a bit of salt and seasoning if you use ham in this keto pumpkin soup.

How can I freeze individual portions of soup?

Pour cooled soup into muffin tray and place in the freezer until completely frozen solid. Then pop each single-serve portion of soup out of the tray and place it into a ziplock bag for easy storage in the freezer.

How do I reheat soup?

Soup is best reheated in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir continuously as the edges begin to bubble to make sure there are no cold spots. Alternatively, you can reheat soup in a microwave-safe dish in the microwave. Reheating times will vary depending on your method and quantity.

How many carbs are in a pumpkin?

Per 100g (raw), pumpkin has 6.5 g total carbs, 0.5 g fiber, 6 g net carbs, 1 g protein, 0.1 g fat, 26 calories.

collage of slow-cooker bacon and pumpkin soup
This keto pumpkin soup is amazing!! With only 3 ingredients!!
keto pumpkin soup in a white mug

Slow Cooker Keto Pumpkin Bacon Soup Recipe

This keto pumpkin soup is the perfect recipe for a busy family. Throw it in the slow cooker – amazing!! With only 3 ingredients!!
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Course: Appetiser, Dinner, Lunch, Snacks
Cuisine: Dairy Free, Egg free, Gluten Free, Grain free, Keto, LCHF, Low Carb, No Sugars, Paleo, Wheat Free
Keyword: keto pumpkin soup, Slow cooker soup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 32.6kcal
Author: Thinlicious.com
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  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Slow cooker
  • Stick Blender


  • 1 bacon hock
  • 900 g pumpkin diced
  • boiling water


  • Place the bacon hock and diced pumpkin in the slow cooker. Cover with boiling water.
  • Cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours or LOW for 6-10 hours.
  • After you see the meat coming away from the bones, remove the joint carefully and place it on a chopping board. Gently pull the meat away from the bones and place the meat back into the slow cooker. Discard the bones.
  • When ready to serve, it can be left as it is, or it can be pureed until smooth.
  • Serve with sour cream or cream cheese (optional if not paleo).


Cooking times are approximate as each slow cooker varies and generally you can keep this cooking for extremely long periods which just makes the bacon meat more tender.


Serving: 1serve ( serves 10)Calories: 32.6kcalCarbohydrates: 5.1gProtein: 1.2gFat: 1gSodium: 15.5mgPotassium: 310.4mgFiber: 1.1gSugar: 2.5gVitamin A: 7662.5IUVitamin C: 8.1mgCalcium: 19mgIron: 0.7mg

More low-carb keto pumpkin recipes

There are so many ways to use pumpkin in keto recipes, these are some of the most popular.

Slow cooker bacon and pumpkin soup served with sour cream
Smooth and creamy keto pumpkin soup.

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  1. Thanks for the inspiration Libby. It’s been a pretty cold day week and when I saw the picture of this soup popping up on my FB I really wanted it bad.

    It’s simmering in the slowcooker right now. I’ve had my slowcooker for a while now, but I’ve never made soup in it.

    I’ve sauteed the bacon first with some onions, tossed in 2 gloves of garlic and a full spoon of wonderful chubritza herbs. When it’s done, I’m going to blitz it and pour some double cream in. Mmmm

  2. We make it with butternut squash too. Libby’s recipes are always delicious. 🙂

  3. Just can’t get enough of pumpkin soup. Have tried different versions intge last few weeks. My favourite version is one with an asian twist: ginger, garlic, kaffir lime leafs and a chili pepper and cilantro. It’s so good. Got some cooking in the slowcooker right now.

  4. Due to a Family Member not eating Bacon, I have made a batch of soup using a whole Smoked Chicken. I broke it up before I put it into the Slow Cooker and removed the smaller bones. It still imparts the same smokey taste. Delicious

  5. Sandra Brosch says:

    I use smoked ham hocks all the time but only the ones I get in Lancaster County PA (Amish country). Great when cooking beans of any kind – and in the south, greens.

  6. This is SUCH A GOOD RECIPE! I love how easy it is, and my kids had third helpings cos they enjoyed it so much. A winter staple meal for us.

  7. I added 250g of cream cheese to this recipe as I only had 4 rashers of bacon and no hock, also some garlic and onion powder and it was beautiful. I made some croutons by accidentally putting too much psyllium in my mug cake along with garlic butter instead of ordinary butter. Thepsyllium made the mug cake very dense so I cut it into 6 slices and toasted them to a lovely crispness and sprinkled them into the soup…delish❣️

  8. I have a vegetarian friend will this recipe work with out the bacon?

  9. Elizabeth Gregory says:

    Am cooking this as I type in my slow cooker. I found Smithfield Smoked Pork Hocks (Hardwood smoked and cured with no sugars) in my local Walmart. I’ve tasted the broth and can’t make up my mind if it needs “something” in the flavoring added. Thanks for the recipe Libby! 11/03/2018

  10. Lucy Brown says:

    Question – no herbs or spices?

    1. Nope! The bacon imparts a beautiful flavour. If you wanted to amp up the flavours, you could add some ginger and chilli, or even some flavoured stock – yummo!

  11. Gail Tomlinson says:

    Thank you for the recipe. Sounds SO good! cant wait to make it. Can you please tell me what a “serving size” is considered? Would it be 1 cup?

    1. Generally, I would suggest 2 cups would be a regular serving size. The nutrition panel may vary slightly depending on how much water you add to the soup and how thick you like it.

  12. 5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe