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Roast pumpkin soup with pancetta and parmesan


You'll need

3 butternut pumpkins (about 1.2kg each), unpeeled, quartered, seeds removed 100 ml olive oil 40 gm butter, coarsely chopped 2 Spanish onions, thinly sliced 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped 130 gm round mild pancetta, finely chopped 2 litres (8 cups) chicken stock 1 tbsp thyme leaves, plus extra to serve 90 gm finely grated parmesan 1½ tsp red wine vinegar To serve: crisp pancetta (optional)   Parmesan toast 100 gm butter, softened 75 gm finely grated parmesan 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 24 thin baguette slices

Method

  • 01
  • Preheat oven to 200C. Place pumpkin skin-side down on an oven tray lined with baking paper, drizzle with 40ml olive oil, season to taste, roast until very tender and caramelised (50 minutes-1 hour). Scoop flesh out of skins (discard skins), set aside.
  • 02
  • Heat butter and remaining olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat, add onion and garlic, sauté until golden (6-8 minutes). Add pancetta, sauté until crisp (2-3 minutes), add pumpkin, stock and thyme. Bring to the simmer, cook until flavours infuse (8-10 minutes). Process with a hand-held blender until very smooth, stir through parmesan and vinegar, season to taste and keep warm.
  • 03
  • For parmesan toast, preheat grill to high. Combine all ingredients except bread in a bowl. Grill one side of bread slices until golden (1-2 minutes), turn and spread with parmesan butter. Grill until golden (1-2 minutes), serve with soup topped with crisp pancetta and extra thyme.

At A Glance

  • Serves 8 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 8 people

Drink Suggestion

Pale ale.

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Aug 2009

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