Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 50 mins

A warming chestnut and bacon soup that's so easy to make and freeze ahead - perfect for a Christmas or winter supper. This soup is also freezable.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat the oil in a large pan,add the onion, bacon, celery and carrots and cook over a medium heat for about 7-10 mins, stirring occasionally until vegetables have softened.
  2. Pour 1 litre (1¾ pints) water into the pan and add the chestnuts, stockcubes and thyme.
  3. Bring the mixture to the boil, then reduce the heat and cover the pan. Simmer gently for about 20-30 minutes,until the vegetables are tender.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and purée the soup in a liquidiser or food processor, or use a stick blender.
  5. Add seasoning to taste. Leave to cool, then pour it into a freezer container, cover and label. Will freeze for up to 3 months.
  6. To serve: Allow the soup to defrost overnight, then bring to the boil before serving.
  7. Cut the rashers of bacon into strips and cook them in a hot frying pan until crisp and place on top of the soup, with a couple of small sprigs of thyme. Sprinkle some freshly ground black pepper over.