Pumpkin Soup with Crispy Bacon

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recipe by Octopus Publishing www.octopusbooks.co.uk/

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based on 3 ratings

When the weather turns cold and you’re craving comfort, this warming soup will hit the spot. Smoked paprika and streaky bacon cut through the sweetness and add a savoury note. Try to avoid using the type of pumpkin you carve in favour of a less bland variety.

recipe updated Oct 2, 2018


  • Pumpkin icon
  • Extra virgin olive oil icon
    Extra virgin olive oil
    1 tbsp
  • Onion icon
    x 1
  • Garlic clove icon
    Garlic clove
    x 2
  • Smoked paprika icon
    Smoked paprika
    ½ tsp
  • Salt & pepper icon
    Salt & pepper
    1 pinch
  • Chicken stock icon
    Chicken stock
  • Smoked bacon icon
    Smoked bacon
    x 4


  • kCook icon Food processor
  • kCook icon Stove
  • kCook icon Broiler
  • kCook icon Baking sheet - 18 x 13"
  • kCook icon Large saucepan
  • kCook icon Food processor bowl
  • kCook icon Large roasting dish
  • kCook icon Large serving bowl

Step preview

  1. Prep and set aside pumpkin: peeled, deseeded & chopped
  2. Prep and set aside onion: sliced
  3. Prep and set aside garlic clove: crushed
  4. Prep and set aside smoked bacon: rind removed
  5. Get a clean large roasting dish
  6. Add prepared pumpkin
  7. Add extra virgin olive oil
  8. Stir until covered
  9. Roast for approx 25min
  10. Prepare a large saucepan
  11. Add extra virgin olive oil
  12. Add prepared onion
  13. Add prepared garlic clove
  14. Add smoked paprika
  15. Add salt & pepper
  16. Cook gently for approx 10min until soft
  17. Transfer content of large roasting dish to large saucepan
  18. Add chicken stock
  19. Boil for approx 5min
  20. Transfer content of large saucepan to food processor bowl
  21. Blend until smooth
  22. Pre-heat on high heat
  23. Get a clean baking sheet
  24. Add prepared smoked bacon
  25. Grill until crispy
  26. Spoon soup into 4 large serving bowls
  27. Break content of baking sheet 4 large serving bowls
  28. Serve immediately
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