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.