Okay, I admit it. I ate three cups of this soup while I was taking pictures of it! It is the perfect blend of salty, sweet and heat – with chewy bacon and crunchy nuts. A lovely fall indulgence.
4 slices of bacon
1 large onion, coarsely chopped
1 carrot, peeled, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 Quart chicken stock, low sodium
1 Quart water
1 29 oz can pure pumpkin
½ t cinnamon
½ t allspice
½ t ground ginger
½ t nutmeg
¼ cup honey
1-2 t chipolte puree (can usually be found in a can)
Half and Half, if desired
Garnish each bowl with a dollop of sour cream, a sprinkle of cinnamon, a good bit of toasted walnuts, a little fresh thyme (if you have it), and the reserved chopped bacon.
- To make the soup, fry the bacon in a heavy bottomed stock pot.
- Reserve the bacon for your garnish, and pour all but about 2 Tablespoons of bacon grease out of the pan. Add the onions, celery, carrots and garlic. Season with a sprinkle of salt. Cook over medium low heat until the vegetables are soft and “sweating.”
- Add the stock and water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 30 minutes, until vegetables are soft enough to puree.
- Puree with immersion blender (my favorite method) or strain the stock and puree the vegetables in a food processor (extra dishes for you.) If you use the food processor method, recombine the pureed vegetables and the stock in the stock pot and return it to the stove. Whisk in the pumpkin puree, the spices, the honey and the chipolte. Simmer for 15-20 minutes.
- Taste for salt, heat and sweet. Add more salt, chipolte or honey, if desired. You can also add about ½ cup of half and half to give it a richer, creamier texture. Garnish with cinnamon, sour cream, bacon and toasted walnuts or toasted pumpkin seeds. I used walnuts because that’s what I had in the cupboard and I added a sprig of fresh thyme because it’s September (at this moment) and the garden is full of herbs!