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Harvest Pumpkin Soup with Candied Bacon

Author - Serena Wolf
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes


  • 1 small sugar pumpkin
  • tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion diced
  • ½ cup carrots diced
  • 1/3 cup celery diced
  • ¾ teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • ¼ cup good quality maple syrup
  • Salt

For the Candied Bacon:

  • 4 slices thick cut bacon cut in half
  • ¼ cup pecans finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon good quality maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar packed
  • Fresh ground pepper


  • Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees.
  • Cut your sugar pumpkin in half. This will require a sharp knife and a little bit of muscle. Scoop out the seeds and stringy fibers. (I highly recommend keeping the seeds and roasting them. They’re awesome.) Place the pumpkins cut side down on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake for 1 hour until they are very soft.
  • Once your pumpkin is in the oven, prepare you candied bacon. Cut bacon slices in half and place them on a rack over a foil lined baking sheet. In a small bowl, combine the pecans, maple syrup, brown sugar and a little fresh ground pepper.
  • Use a spoon to spread the pecan mixture onto each piece of bacon. Bake bacon for 20 minutes until the bacon is golden brown. Transfer to a paper-towel lined plate to drain any excess grease. Set aside until ready to use.
  • About 10 minutes before your pumpkins are ready, heat 1½ tablespoons olive oil in a dutch oven or large pot. When hot, add the onion, carrots and celery and sauté for five minutes until the onions are translucent and the vegetables are tender.
  • Add the ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute, and then add the vegetable broth and maple syrup.
  • Scoop the flesh from the cooked pumpkins (you should have about 2 cups) and add it to the soup.
  • Simmer for 20 minutes. Let cool slightly and then puree using an immersion blender (fancy!), regular blender (you may have to do this in batches), or a food processor and return it to the pot. Season with salt to taste. Serve your soup warm topped with whole or crumbled candied bacon and get cozy.