This is one of my favourite recipes, I make it often during winter.
Kitchen tools you will need:
- Saucepan, suitable size for the amount of soup you want to make
- Wooden spoon
- Chopping mat
- Stick mixer
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Pumpkin and bacon soup
Get your ingredients together.
I am using mashed pumpkin that I took out of the freezer, but you can use fresh pumpkin chopped into chunks if you like.
I usually use bacon pieces for this recipe, but I didn't have any today so I chopped up two rashers of bacon (rind taken off first)
Place the pumpkin, chopped onion, and bacon into a saucepan, add enough water to cover if you are using fresh pumpkin, or half way up the ingredients if you are using mashed pumpkin. Turn to high.
When it boils, turn down the heat so it is simmering, simmer for 5 minutes, stirring regularly. If you are using fresh pumpkin, you need to let it simmer until the pumpkin is soft (test it with a fork)
After 5 minutes, add the rest of the ingredients. About 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of smoked paprika, depending on how much this is. If you are making a big pot for 4 people or more, use the bigger amount.
Only add a level teaspoon of honey for this small amount (enough for two people). You don't want to make the soup sweet.
Pinch of salt and pepper. One stock cube for this amount.
Take the saucepan off the stove and place on a trivet on your bench. Place on the saucepan lid and leave for 15 minutes.
Take your stick mixer (with chopping blade, if it comes with interchangeable blades) and mix until smooth.
Ladle into individual bowls to serve.
If you're not ready to serve it, you can reheat it on the stove if it isn't too thick, or pour into a microwave safe bowl and reheat in there, stirring every minute, until hot.
Serve with toast fingers
Can be garnished with a sprig or two of herb, such as parsley or mint.