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This soup is just absolutely delicious – so different to other vegetable soups because the smokey flavours from the bacon really shine through. I’ve had this a couple of times homemade by my boyfriend’s Mum and loved it, and tried it at home with my Mum, and finally decided I should try some in my own soup maker.

The beauty of a soup maker as I briefly spoke about before, is that you literally just chop everything up and it does the rest for you. I cooked the bacon and lightly fried the onion for a more roasted taste, but cooking the onion beforehand is definitely optional.

Of course, this works just as well in a pan or slow cooker.

Ingredients

1 butternut squash
1/2 a carrot
1 onion
1 or 2 garlic cloves
150g smoked bacon or bacon lardons
1 jalapeño slice
800ml water
Vegetable stock cube (I used a Knor stockpot)
Seasoning (see below)

The instructions will be for a soup maker, but honestly the only real difference is you don’t use hot water in the machine, and that everything has to be allowed to be cool before blending together.

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Firstly I tried the chopped onion and bacon lardons together – I used the lean kind with no fat, so that I could count each portion of soup as 2 pro points on the weight watchers diet.

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As you can see, all the ingredients just get bunged together in the soup maker – the idea to is to try to keep them chopped the same size though, although with some things that can be harder.

I added 800ml of water, but you might find more or less is more appropriate – I have to adhere to min and max lines for liquid on the inside of the soup maker for it to work, so I was mainly working to that.

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I added a variety of seasoning – you can add cayenne pepper but I didn’t have any in. I added a dash of chilli powder, a grind of chilli and garlic flakes, some hot paprika, and a good sprinkle of smoked paprika – if you have got any smoked you need some! I picked this up for a few quid in duty free on the way back from Spain, but you can get it in the supermarket, and it really makes boring dishes special.

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And this is the final result! The last soup I made was far too thick so I’m really pleased with the consistency, and most of all, the taste!

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