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This recipe for Pumpkin and Pancetta Soup has been reproduced courtesy of Orce Serrano Hams -

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Halloween pumpkin soup, this recipe for Spanish pumpkin soup uses mildly cured pancetta or “belly pork” to add a subtle saltiness to this tasty winter warming recipe. Pumpkin is usually grown by local greengrocers in rural Spain and there are always some good (and very large) specimens available. Cut into segments you can buy as much as you need and if you have any left over it cane be roasted too.

Ingredients for Pumpkin and Pancetta Soup

1kg Pumpkin, peeled and chopped
1 Garlic clove, crushed
1 Onion, diced
2 Potatoes, cubed
500 mls Chicken stock
250ml Cream
200g Cured pancetta
Cracked black pepper
Olive oil

How to make Pumpkin and Pancetta Soup

  • In a soup pan (or Spanish “Olla”) cook the onion and garlic until the onion becomes translucent.
  • Add the pumpkin and potatoes and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add stock and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile cut the pancetta into strips and then dice, lightly fry until crispy and golden brown.
  • Blend the soup in the pan using a hand blender.
  • Add cream and cracked peppercorns and mix well.
  • Serve up the soup and sprinkle very generously with the fried pancetta.
  • Enjoy with fresh crusty bread.

Serves 4

Pumpkin and Pancetta Soup

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