Chestnut-Pear Soup

Chestnut-Pear Soup

I have to admit, I wasn’t very excited about this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe.  The few times I have tried chestnuts I didn’t really care for them and the idea of them pureed in a soup just didn’t appeal to me.  But, that’s part of the fun of FFWD: trying recipes we would not otherwise try!

Chestnut-Pear Soup begins with the saute of a generous amount of onions, leeks, and celery.  Next, pears and roasted chestnuts simmer in broth until the chestnuts are soft enough to be mashed with a spoon.  Finally, the whole thing is blended until smooth, then served with a drizzle of crème fraîche.


I was pleasantly surprised!  We liked the hint of sweetness from the pears against the savory flavor of the vegetables.  I am not sure I will make this again as we prefer brothier, meatier soups, but this was a fun one to try.



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7 responses to “Chestnut-Pear Soup

  1. Love those swirls of crème fraîche on yours. While this is not one for us who likes more comforting soups, it is great for non meat eaters!

  2. What a turn around, surprised you made this soup. Great to hear it was tasty to you.

  3. Glad you enjoyed the soup. Your presentation is lovely. Have a great weekend:)

  4. I love it when that happens: being ambivalent going into the recipe and enjoying it much more than ever anticipated. Glad you hit that serendipity this week, Karen.

  5. Yours looks so fancy – all dressed up 🙂 Yes, this one was a bit of a surprise to many of us. I think it was trying to get our heads around what that combo would all taste like together. In a soup. Surprise indeed- it was pretty darn fab. We will be making this again for sure ~

  6. Some of the recipes that I was the least excited about have been my favorites so far. I like your presentation!

  7. I should have saved at least a bite for Bill. I was surprised how much I enjoyed this one 🙂

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