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Spicy Yammy Bacon Soup

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Recipe by Kim Laidlaw

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  • 2 slices bacon chopped into small pieces
  • 1/2 small onion thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • About 2 cups yam puree or other pureed winter squash
  • About 2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1/4 cup whipping cream
  • Whipping cream creme fraiche, or plain yogurt for drizzling
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


  1. In a large saucepan, saute the bacon until crisp.
  2. Remove to a paper towel with a slotted spoon and discard all but 1 teaspoon of the fat.
  3. Add the onion and saute until translucent. Add the cumin, coriander, and red pepper flakes.
  4. Stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  5. Add the yam puree, stock, and cream.
  6. Depending on how you prepared your yams to begin with, you might need more or less stock to thin the yams to soup consistency.
  7. Add the soup to a food processor or blender and puree until smooth. Pour back into the saucepan and heat gently over medium heat. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
  8. Serve in shallow bowls, drizzled with cream and sprinkled with bacon.
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