Mokha's creamy pumpkin and bacon soup

Mokha's creamy pumpkin and bacon soup. Photo by Linda Robertson.
Mokha's creamy pumpkin and bacon soup. Photo by Linda Robertson.
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1 whole pumpkin
9 cups water
6 onions
6 tsp instant chicken stock powder
6 tsp instant green herb stock powder
6 tsp sugar
1 tsp grated nutmeg
6 cloves garlic
salt and pepper
6 slices shoulder bacon
cream to finish

Cook the bacon on a tray in the oven at 200degC (bake) for about 15 minutes. Cut into pieces.

Cut pumpkin into small pieces, removing skin and seeds. Place in a large pot with the water.

Peel and cut onions into quarters and add to the pumpkin and water.

Add seasonings, peeled garlic and half the bacon. Cover and cook briskly until boiling. Uncover and turn the heat down.

Puree with a stick blender until smooth. Add cream to reach the consistency you like. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add remaining bacon and serve with bread rolls.


• Requested by Joanne Fallow, of Dunedin.

• Recipe supplied by Kirsty Brownlie and Christopher Scott of Mokha Cafe in Moray Pl, Dunedin.

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