The weather is finally beginning to turn cooler as we head deeper into autumn here. With the weather comes the natural desire for warm and comforting food. Soup is often top of that list.
Everyone has a favourite soup, but possibly the most well know and readily loved is pumpkin soup. Now I know, everyone has there own favourite pumpkin soup recipe, but this one has so much flavour and is all good for you.
What gives this soup so much flavour? Bacon fat.
Every time I cook bacon, I set aside the fat that drips off. Its unprocessed and natural fat, that is full of flavour to use with any of your cooking. Fat doesn’t make you fat, and using the fat that drips from my meat is far safer in my opinion than something that had to travel through a factory to make it into your pantry.
Pumpkin & Bacon Soup
1/2 brown onion
1 clove garlic
20g bacon fat
500g pumpkin, roughly chopped
1 carrot, roughly chopped
400-500g water (less water makes a thicker soup)
1 Tbsp TM vegetable stock concentrate
1 Tbsp coconut cream
2 rashes of bacon
- Put onion and garlic in the TM bowl and process for 3 secs/speed 7. Scrape down the sides and repeat to make sure chopped evenly.
- Add the bacon fat and saute for 3 mins/Varoma/speed 1.
- Add the chopped pumpkin and carrot and process for 15 sec/speed 7. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and make sure all chopped up.
- Add the water and stock concentrate and cook for 20 min/100 degrees/speed 1.
- While soup is cooking, place the bacon rashes on a tray and cook for 10 mins in a oven at 200 degrees. You want it crispy, but watch it to make sure it doesn’t burn.
- When the soup is cooked, add the coconut cream and blend 1 min/speed 9, slowly increasing the speed to 9.
- Serve with chopped bacon on top.
I’ve adapted a recipe from the Thermomix cookbook. If you don’t have a Thermomix don’t despair. You can do all the chopping and processing stages in a food processor or strong blender. Saute the onion and garlic in a pan and finish the whole thing off cooking in a pot…yes, a pot.
Also, you will need to substitute the TM stock concentrate if you are making this recipe without a Thermomix. Unless you have a good friend who has one and can make you some. You might want to substitute the stock concentrate and water with some homemade bone broth or stock e.g. 400-500g of bone broth.
This will be a favourite for the whole family and will warm you from the inside out on those cold nights that are fast approaching.