I like the flavors of pork, apple and nuts married together especially during the holidays. Oftentimes we just don't have a lot of time to make soulful dinner party foods, but we still crave the flavors that scream holiday and end of year. Here is a very easy way to fancy up Garden Fresh Gourmet® Butternut Bisque with Ginger with pan-crisped salty pancetta and sautéed chunks of apple and toasted almond slices. Simply heat the soup while cooking the three simple ingredients. In 15 minutes, you have a party worthy – and exceptionally delicious – starter or first course for your special get together.
- 2 24 oz. containers of Garden Fresh Gourmet® Butternut Bisque with Ginger
- ½ cup low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock
- ⅓ cup sliced almonds
- 1 4 oz. package of diced pancetta
- 1 large apple, peeled, cored and roughly chopped
- 1½ tablespoons water
- 1-2 tablespoons finely chopped Italian flat leaf parsley
Place the Garden Fresh Gourmet Butternut Bisque with Ginger in a medium-sized pot and bring to a low boil on medium heat, about 10-12 minutes. Stir occasionally to heat all the way through.
Meanwhile, heat a medium-sized skillet on medium 1-2 minutes. Add the almonds and toast 5-7 minutes until the edges are nicely toasted and browned (be careful not to burn). Transfer immediately from the pan into a small bowl. Set aside.
Turn the skillet up to medium-high heat, add the pancetta and let crisp 5-7 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove from the skillet and place on a few layers of paper towels to wick away the grease.
Add the apples to the skillet and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the water and continue cooking 5-7 minutes until softened. Add the almonds and pancetta back to the pan and fold together.
Lay out four regular sized soup bowls. Divide the pancetta apple mixture evenly among the bowls. Carefully ladle the soup around the mixture. Garnish with parsley on top.