Pumpkin Soup with Crispy Bacon

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recipe by Sara Lewis https://www.lovefood.com/profile/139037/sara-lewis

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based on 4 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
    4⅛ cups
  • Onion icon
    x 1 (about 140g)
  • Garlic clove icon
    Garlic clove
  • Smoked bacon icon
    Smoked bacon
  • Extra virgin olive oil icon
    Extra virgin olive oil
    2 tbsp (about 30ml)
  • Smoked paprika icon
    Smoked paprika
    ½ tsp (about 1g)
  • Salt & pepper icon
    Salt & pepper
    1 pinch
  • Chicken stock icon
    Chicken stock
    1.25 liters (1250ml)


  • 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. Add pumpkin and extra virgin olive oil to a clean large roasting dish
  2. Stir until covered
  3. Roast - approx 25 min, 200°C
  4. Prepare a clean large saucepan
  5. Add extra virgin olive oil, onion, garlic clove, smoked paprika and salt & pepper to the large saucepan
  6. Cook gently until soft - approx 10 min
  7. Transfer content of large roasting dish to large saucepan
  8. Add chicken stock to the large saucepan
  9. Boil - approx 5 min
  10. Transfer content of large saucepan to food processor bowl
  11. Blend until smooth
  12. Pre-heat - high heat
  13. Add smoked bacon to a clean baking sheet
  14. Grill until crispy
  15. Spoon soup into 4 large serving bowls
  16. Break content of baking sheet 4 large serving bowls
  17. Serve immediately
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