Ok, well I think I'm a pretty good cook, but I really can't take any credit for this recipe - it's straight from Stephanie Alexander's 'the cooks companion' (aka 'the bible')
In a saucepan (or a slow cooker) combine:
500g bacon bones (or a ham hock), 1 chopped onion, a few chopped cloves of garlic, a teaspoon of whole allspice, some bay leaves and 3L of water.
Simmer it for ages = yummo bacon stock.
Get rid of the stock flavourings (i.e. the chunky bits) but don't throw out the liquid - that's the start of your soup!
Add 3 Large spuds (peeled & chopped), 1kg pumpkin (I use butternut - peeled & chopped), 1 Tablespoon paprika
Simmer until they're collapsing
Puree (hand-held blender is fine)
Serve with some pan-fried and chopped up chorizo, and a dollop of cream if you're feeling naughty.
You can make a vegetarian version, but I'm not a vegie so I don't :)
It is seriously miles ahead of any other pumpkin soup I've ever tasted!