Classic Pumpkin Soup with Bacon and Basil
This is a really wonderful soup recipe to make if you want a bowlful of heaven. Roasting the pumpkin means the natural sugars will caramelize. This enriches the taste of the soup, giving it more complex undertones and making it even nicer. The bacon adds a salty richness to this pumpkin soup recipe and the orange juice and onion add sweet, pungent notes. If you are looking for a great pumpkin soup recipe, this one is well worth trying.
There are lots of easy pumpkin soup recipes to choose from but if you want to make something extra special, why not try this deluxe pumpkin soup with bacon and nutmeg recipe?
The flavor is out of this world and this is a dish that will appeal to any age group and it is also suitable for any occasion. Fresh pumpkin is the best to use here but you could substitute canned pumpkin if fresh is not available. Obviously, the extra sweetness you get from roasting fresh pumpkin will be lacking but you could add a little brown sugar or maple sugar to counteract that.
- 4 lbs pumpkin
- 1 tablespoon butter
- Olive oil, as needed
- ¼ cup orange juice
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 2 diced slices bacon
- 1 chopped yellow onion
- ⅛ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 6 sprigs basil, to garnish
- 6 cups chicken stock
- 3 slices toast, cut into croutons
- ¼ cup crème fraiche, thinned slightly with milk
- Salt and black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Cut the pumpkin in half through the stem and cut each half into 3 pieces.
- Take out the seeds and strings and put the pumpkin on a baking sheet.
- Drizzle some olive oil over it and season with salt and pepper. Roast for about 45 minutes or until it is tender but not falling apart.
- When it is cool, peel the skin off, and dice the flesh.
- Melt the butter in a big pot over a moderate heat.
- Add the onions and bacon and cook until the bacon is golden and the onions are tender.
- Add the stock and pumpkin and simmer for half an hour.
- Let the soup cool for 20 minutes then liquidize it in batches in the blender or food processor. Strain it through a mesh sieve.
- Add the orange juice, nutmeg and cream.
- Reheat the soup and ladle it into 6 serving bowls. Decorate with the basil, crème fraiche, and croutons.
This elegant soup is not difficult to make but you can see from the photo how sophisticated it is. Whether you want to impress dinner party guests or give your family a meal to remember, this pumpkin soup recipe is well worth making. A classic fall favorite, this pumpkin soup features ingredients as diverse as orange, basil, and bacon. These fragrant yet strong flavors mean that a light-bodied red wine is a great accompaniment to this rich tasting soup.
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