Chestnut Soup

Chestnut Soup
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Chestnuts

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Chestnuts

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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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
30g
43%
Sugar
17g
19%
Saturated Fat
10g
42%
Cholesterol
64mg
21%
Carbohydrate, by difference
58g
45%
Protein
17g
37%
Vitamin A, RAE
94µg
13%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
16mg
21%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
14µg
16%
Calcium, Ca
158mg
16%
Choline, total
37mg
9%
Copper, Cu
1mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
4g
16%
Fluoride, F
2µg
0%
Folate, total
87µg
22%
Iron, Fe
3mg
17%
Magnesium, Mg
96mg
30%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
6mg
43%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
313mg
45%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
15µg
27%
Sodium, Na
557mg
37%
Vitamin D (D2 + D3)
1µg
7%
Water
231g
9%
Zinc, Zn
2mg
25%

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.