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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.

Soup

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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