Smokey Pumpkin and Orzo Soup


40g Butter
1 leek, washed and finely sliced
200g double smoked bacon, diced
1.2 kg pumpkin, peeled, seeds removed and roughly chopped
1.5 litre chicken stock
1 clove garlic cut in half
1 loaf Ciabatta bread cut into thick slices
1 x 250g wedge Perfect Italiano Romano, grated
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
200g orzo pasta, cooked and drained
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1. Heat butter in a large saucepan over medium heat, add leek and bacon, cook until leek has softened. Stir in pumpkin and stock, simmer for 20 minutes or until pumpkin is tender.
2. Rub garlic clove over bread slices and place on a paper lined baking tray. Sprinkle with half Perfect Italiano Romano and paprika. Bake at 160°C for 10 minutes or until golden and cheese has melted.
3. Blend soup until smooth, add pasta and simmer for 5 minutes or until pasta has heated through. Stir in the remaining Perfect Italiano Romano and season to taste. Serve soup with warm Romano Garlic Toasts.

Notes:
Orzo is a type of pasta shaped to resemble grains of rice. Risoni is very similar and may be used as a substitute.
Perfect Italiano Parmesan Wedge may be used in place of Romano in this dish.

My dear friend Jamie Dedes has a fantastic blog with the most wonderful yummy recipes, if I have to choose, I would not know where to start….this is one of my favourites:- http://brooklynmemoriesmostgreen.wordpress.com/2010/07/12/roman-egg-drop-soup-gluten-free/  Thanks Jamie for letting me share this.

9 Responses to “Smokey Pumpkin and Orzo Soup”

  1. JamieDedes Says:

    Thank you! Amanda, this soup recipe sounds tummy soothing . . . Yum! So much to try and so little room in the tum tum! It’s like trying to get enough time to read everything and write every poem. . . Love ya’

    • I know…so many times I make and prepare and only have a bit!!! My day normally starts at 5am…that’s when the inspiration’s at it’s best!! Hugs to you xx

  2. it looks delicious.
    locv pumpkins

  3. This one sounds different to me. 🙂 I am not familiar with such cool recipes. 🙂 You do make me wonder. 🙂 Thanks. 🙂

  4. I want to try this one , too! Thanks to Jamie and you for sharing.. I’m glad you don’t keep these to yourself, you’re doing us all a favor. Heartpsell

  5. Sounds delicious,a variation on the normal pumpkin soup…how it gives that winter weather feeling…I’m trying my best to keep cool!!!yvette x

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