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Roasted Pumpkin Soup with Chestnuts and Crispy Pancetta

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Roasted Pumpkin Soup with Chestnuts and Crispy Pancetta


                                                                                                          Photo credit: G. Drakopoulos - Food Styling: T. Webb

  • Preheat oven to 200* C (390*F) Fan.
  • Put the pumpkin and onion in a baking pan large enough to lay them out in one layer so they are not crowded. Pour the olive oil over them and lightly toss.
  • Season with salt and pepper. Cover with aluminum foil.
  • Roast for about 45 minutes to 1 hour, until very tender. Mix the vegetables with a wooden spatula every 15 minutes.
  • When tender enough, transfer to a pot along with all the juices. Add the chestnuts and 3 cups of chicken stock.
  • Bring the soup to a boil over medium heat. When it starts to boil, lower the heat to medium-low. Add the 5 spice mix, cinnamon, salt and pepper. Simmer, for 20-30 minutes, stirring often until the chestnuts are completely cooked and soft.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Puree the soup in a blender or a food mill. At this point, the soup can be stored in the refrigerator for 2-3 days before serving.
  • After pureeing, transfer back to the pot. Add another cup of chicken stock and ¾ cup heavy cream.
  • Bring to a simmer and check to see if the seasoning is to your taste and adjust if necessary.
  • In the meantime put the pancetta in a small non-stick pan over medium-high heat.
  • Sauté until crispy, mixing often.
  • Remove from heat.
  • To serve, add some of the remaining heavy cream and some crispy pieces of pancetta to each bowl.
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Nutrition information per portion

Calories (kcal)
20 %


Shows how much energy food releases to our bodies. Daily caloric intake depends mainly on the person’s weight, sex and physical activity level. An average individual needs about 2000 kcal / day.

Total Fat (g)
40 %

Fatty Acids

Are essential to give energy to the body while helping to maintain the body temperature. They are divided into saturated "bad" fats and unsaturated "good" fats.

Saturated Fat (g)
55 %

Saturated Fats

Known as "bad" fats are mainly found in animal foods. It is important to check and control on a daily basis the amount you consume.

Total Carbs (g)
9 %


The main source of energy for the body. Great sources are the bread, cereals and pasta. Use complex carbohydrates as they make you feel satiated while they have higher nutritional value.

Sugars (g)
9 %


Try to consume sugars from raw foods and limit processed sugar. It is important to check the labels of the products you buy so you can calculate how much you consume daily.

Protein (g)
26 %


It is necessary for the muscle growth and helps the cells to function well. You can find it in meat, fish, dairy, eggs, pulses, nuts and seeds.

Fibre (g)
17 %


They are mainly found in plant foods and they can help regulate a good bowel movement while maintaining a balanced weight. Aim for at least 25 grams of fiber daily.

Sodium (g)
12 %


A small amount of salt daily is necessary for the body. Be careful though not to overdo it and not to exceed 6 grams of salt daily

*Based on an adult’s daily reference intake of 2000 kcal.

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