spam winter warmer soup

SPAM® Winter Warmer Soup

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Picture this. It’s a cold winter’s night, you’re tucked away inside your cosy house, curled up on the couch in your jammies and sipping a piping hot cup of SPAM® Winter Warmer Soup. Ahhhhh. It doesn’t get much better.

60 min 6 servings 10 ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 can of SPAM® with Bacon 340g, cut into 1cm cubes
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium leeks, trimmed, washed and roughly chopped
  • 1 large baking potato
  • 1 large garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 medium pumpkin or good sized butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and cut into 4cm chunks
  • 1 x 400 ml tin coconut milk (plus 400ml water)
  • 1 lemongrass (optional)
  • 1 level teaspoon salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Fresh parsley to garnish

Directions

  • 1.
    In a large saucepan, heat 3 tablespoons of the oil with the salt and some freshly ground black pepper

  • 2.
    Add the leeks and potatoes and cook for 5 minutes over a medium heat, stirring constantly

  • 3.
    Add the garlic and pumpkin/squash and continue to cook for 10 minutes to give everything a bit of colour

  • 4.
    Add the coconut milk, refilling the tin with water and add to the pan. There should be enough liquid to cover the vegetables

  • 5.
    Place the lemongrass on a board and crush with the flat end of a cleaver or knife, and add to the soup

  • 6.
    Turn up the heat and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes until the pumpkin/squash is mushy

  • 7.
    Meanwhile heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil in a large frying pan and fry the cubed SPAM® with Bacon for approximately 5 minutes until beginning to crisp. Drain on absorbent paper

  • 8.
    Remove the lemongrass from the soup

  • 9.
    Blend the soup until smooth (if too thick add a little more water)

  • 10.
    Return soup to the saucepan, check the seasoning and add the cooked diced SPAM® cubes

  • 11.
    Pour into warm soup bowls garnished with fresh parsley. Serve with warm crusty bread

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