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


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 


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


  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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