Harvest vegetable soup with smokey bacon

Harvest vegetable soup with smokey baconIt’s soup time of year for me, the perfect warming option for a quick lunch on the go. Following on from my slow roasted vegetable soup I decided to try a harvest vegetable soup and I’m really pleased I did.

Homemade chicken stock

After cooking a roast chicken for Sunday lunch, I kept the carcass which still had odd bits of meat on it here and there, I placed it in a tall pan with a selection of root vegetables, some herbs and peppercorns, covered it with water and left it to simmer for about an hour and a half. I strained off the liquid into a container and threw away the rest. As I was suing for soup I didn’t feel the need to strain any further but you can pass through a sieve for a finer liquid.

Chicken stock can keep in the fridge for 3/4 days or can be frozen and kept for 2/3 months.

Using my homemade chicken stock I then made 

Harvest vegetable soup with smokey bacon

harvest vegetable soup with smokey baconIngredients
25g butter
1 large onion diced
3 large carrots peeled and sliced thinly
2 medium potatoes peeled, quartered and sliced thinly
1 leek sliced
2 parsnips peeled and sliced thinly
250g bacon diced
1 lt homemade chicken stock or a stock cube
small bay leaf
salt and pepper
Crusty fresh bread to serve

Method

Melt the butter in a large pan and soften the onions.

Add all the other vegetables, cover and soften on a low heat.

Add the bacon and cook until coloured

Add the chicken stock and bay leaf and simmer for 30 minutes.

Check the seasoning and serve with fresh crusty 

Notes

For a vegetarian option omit the bacon and use vegetable stock.
Add 50g red lentils when adding the stock.

3 Comments

  1. October 4, 2013 / 10:34 AM

    This looks lovely, comfort food

  2. October 4, 2013 / 6:23 PM

    This looks really special and yummy Mari. The definition of autumn food :) i just wish i could find smokey bacon here xxx
    thank you for linking up with the #fridayfoodie

  3. October 6, 2013 / 8:13 AM

    This looks perfect for an Autumn lunch. Thanks for the idea. I am ALWAYS looking for new ideas for lunch and dinner. x

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