Chestnut Soup

Chestnut Soup
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There's nothing like a warm and cozy chestnut soup to brighten up a cool evening. You can use fresh or frozen chestnuts, whatever is available to you. The flavor of chestnuts is enhanced by applewood-smoked bacon, and classic French flavors of garlic, thyme, and bay leaf lighten up the soup.

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4
Servings
790
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 8  Ounces  chestnuts, shelled
  • 2  Ounces  applewood-smoked bacon
  • 6  Ounces  white onion, diced finely
  • 3  Cups  chicken stock
  • sprigs thyme
  • head garlic, split
  • bay leaf
  • 1  Cup  heavy cream
  • 4  Ounces  unsalted butter
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

Place the chestnuts in a roasting pan and roast until they are slightly brown and soft, about 15-20 minutes. Then, in a saucepot, render the bacon until brown. Remove the bacon, keeping the fat in the pot.

Add the onion and caramelize. Add the chestnuts and bacon and sauté for a few minutes. Skim off the fat. Cover with the chicken stock, and place the thyme, garlic, and bay leaf in a cheesecloth sachet, tied with kitchen twine. Add the sachet, and cook slowly until the chestnuts are soft, about 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Remove the sachet. Add the heavy cream. Return to a boil. Transfer to a blender and purée (in batches, if necessary). Add the butter and seasoning. Strain through a fine-meshed sieve and serve. 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
35g
50%
Sugar
11g
12%
Saturated Fat
13g
54%
Cholesterol
61mg
20%
Carbohydrate, by difference
97g
75%
Protein
21g
46%
Vitamin A, RAE
96µg
14%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
15mg
20%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
1µg
1%
Calcium, Ca
145mg
15%
Choline, total
14mg
3%
Fiber, total dietary
3g
12%
Fluoride, F
2µg
0%
Folate, total
86µg
22%
Iron, Fe
3mg
17%
Magnesium, Mg
54mg
17%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
4mg
29%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
171mg
24%
Selenium, Se
9µg
16%
Sodium, Na
1883mg
100%
Vitamin D (D2 + D3)
1µg
7%
Water
176g
7%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Chestnut Shopping Tip

Whenever possible, purchase whole, not presliced or chopped nuts. They have a longer shelf life.

Chestnut Cooking Tip

Toasting your nuts helps release essential oils and intensifies their flavor.