Pumpkin soup with Cropwell Bishop Stilton & crispy bacon

Serves: 6 

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: about 50 minutes

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 large onion, sliced

  • 300g potato, peeled and chopped

  • 750g peeled and chopped pumpkin or butternut squash

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • Pinch ground nutmeg

  • 900ml chicken or vegetable stock 

  • 4 tablespoons double cream, optional 

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper 

 

To serve:

6 rashers streaky bacon, chopped

150g Cropwell Bishop Blue Stilton, crumbled

2 tablespoons freshly chopped chives

 

Method:

  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan, add the onion and cook over a medium heat, for 3-4 minutes, until softened, stirring occasionally. Stir in the potatoes and pumpkin or butternut squash, cover and cook for 5 minutes. 

  2. Stir in the spices, cook for 1 minute then pour over the stock. Cover and simmer for 35-40 minutes until the potatoes and squash are tender. Transfer to a food processor or liquidiser and blend in batches until smooth. Return to the pan, stir in the cream, if using, and reheat gently. Season to taste.

  3. Dry fry the bacon in a large frying pan until crispy, then drain on kitchen paper, then roughly chop. Serve the soup topped with the crispy bacon, with the crumbled Cropwell Bishop Stilton and garnished with a sprinkling of chives.