What do you do with pureed pumpkin besides the standard pumpkin pie? I make all manner of dishes, from sweet to savory. This soup hits the spot on cool fall days.
Sautee onion in a small amount of oil until translucent.
Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Immediately reduce to a simmer and cook for 20-30 minutes until vegetables are tender.
Remove bay leaf.
Cook bacon until crisp and drain well.
Pour soup into bowls and top with bacon bits and cheddar.