butternut squash, bacon and barley broth

butternut squash, bacon and barley broth

When it’s cold outside nothing beats a hot comforting bowl of soup for an easy weekday supper, and this butternut squash number is one of the mainstays in our household during autumn. What I like most is that it’s a light broth, and not thick and stodgy like many pumpkin soups – for me there’s nothing worse than a starter reminiscent of puréed baby food. Despite its thinner consistency, this soup is no lightweight when it comes to flavour – sweet butternut squash countered with salty bacon, all mellowed out by the mild nutty pearl barley and deep, earthy broth. This really is a heck of a good soup!

Butternut Squash, Bacon and Barley Broth
serves 4

1 butternut squash
1 red onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup pearl barley
pinch ground nutmeg
pinch cayenne pepper
500 ml (2 cups) chicken stock
1 litre (4 cups) water
250g (1/2lb) unsmoked bacon (or ham) joint
freshly ground black pepper
sea salt

Peel and seed the butternut squash, then chop into large dice. Remove the rind and fat from your bacon joint.

Heat the olive oil in a large pot over a medium flame and gently fry the garlic and onions. Once the onions are tender and translucent, add the nutmeg, cayenne pepper, squash, barley, stock, water and bacon joint, stirring to combine. Bring to a boil, skim, then leave to simmer for 1 1/2 hours.

Remove the bacon joint and shred the meat, adding half (or more if you prefer) back into the broth. Add the nutmeg and cayenne pepper and season with salt and pepper to taste before serving.

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~ by gourmettraveller on November 2, 2009.

5 Responses to “butternut squash, bacon and barley broth”

  1. great comfort food, for this cold weather :)

  2. Looks like a gorgeous dish! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Sounds delicious! Here is a recipe for a couscous that contains roasted butternut squash, zucchini, and carrots. http://michaelbeyer.wordpress.com/2010/09/07/moroccan-couscous/

  4. You need to revise your printing as it printed out 8 pages 7 of which were crap all I wanted was the recipe !!!!!!!

    • Sorry about that! Unfortunately WordPress doesn’t provide me with printing options. I would suggest cutting and pasting into Word (or similar), then printing from there.

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