Chestnut Soup

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Chestnut Soup
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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4
Servings
687
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
  • 6 sprigs thyme
  • 1 head garlic, split
  • 1 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. 

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
54g
83%
Sugar
7g
N/A
Saturated Fat
31g
100%
Cholesterol
157mg
52%
Protein
10g
21%
Carbs
43g
14%
Vitamin A
454µg
50%
Vitamin B12
0.2µg
3.8%
Vitamin B6
0.6mg
29.5%
Vitamin C
38mg
63%
Vitamin D
0.9µg
0.2%
Vitamin E
1mg
7%
Vitamin K
7µg
8%
Calcium
120mg
12%
Fiber
2g
8%
Folate (food)
56µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
56µg
14%
Iron
2mg
13%
Magnesium
47mg
12%
Monounsaturated
16g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
4mg
22%
Phosphorus
173mg
25%
Polyunsaturated
3g
N/A
Potassium
699mg
20%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.3mg
17.5%
Sodium
929mg
39%
Thiamin (B1)
0.2mg
16.4%
Trans
0.9g
N/A
Zinc
1mg
8%