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    Chestnut Soup With Bacon - Velouté De Chataignes Et Bacon

    Chestnut Soup With Bacon - Velouté De Chataignes Et Bacon. Photo by French Tart

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    Total Time:

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    Cook Time:

    1 hrs

    10 mins

    50 mins

    French Tart's Note:

    A delicious Velouté French soup, the literal translation being to "be made like velvet", in other words, creamed and thick!! This is ALWAYS a hit with guests, friends and family, even those who profess not to like chestnuts, love this soup! Serve it with crispy bacon pieces/lardons and croutons for an elegant appetiser or as a light luncheon dish, with crusty bread & fresh butter. I have included the method for making your own croutons - they are far superior to shop bought ones if you have the time - also, try and use fresh herbs wherever possible. You can buy the chestnuts ready peeled and vacuum-packed OR in jars, in most supermarkets and specialist food shops; frozen chestnuts can also be used, as can fresh chestnuts of course!

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    Ingredients:

    Servings:

    Units: US | Metric

    • 7 ounces cooked and peeled whole chestnuts
    • 1 stalk celery, trimmed and finely chopped
    • 1 small onion, peeled & finely chopped
    • 1 small carrot, peeled and chopped
    • 2 pints ham or 2 pints vegetable stock
    • salt & freshly ground black pepper
    • 1/2 pint creme fraiche or 1/2 pint single pouring cream

    For the croutons

    Directions:

    1. 1
      To make the soup, you simply place all the ingredients, except the crème fraiche or cream, in a large saucepan.
    2. 2
      Season lightly with salt and pepper, bring up to simmering point, then put a lid on and simmer very gently for 45 minutes.
    3. 3
      While that is happening, you can prepare the croutons.
    4. 4
      Heat the oil in a large frying pan and cook the bacon gently for 5 minutes, then turn the heat up to its highest setting, add the cubes of bread, together with the thyme, and toss them around (keeping them constantly on the move) until they, and the bacon, have turned a deep golden brown colour and become very crisp and crunchy.
    5. 5
      Take them out & leave them to cool on some absorbent kitchen paper.
    6. 6
      As soon as the soup is ready, add the crème fraiche or cream & mix well - allow it to cool slightly, and then transfer it to a blender and purée until smooth. (You may need to do this in more than one batch, in which case, it is a good idea to have a bowl to put the soup in as it is ready.).
    7. 7
      Re-heat the soup in the pan, season to taste and serve in warmed soup bowls, with the croutons, bacon and thyme sprinkled over.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on June 02, 2013

      55

      This was delicious--even though I used skim milk instead of the creme fraiche, it was still rich and lovely!

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    • on May 22, 2007

      55

      Hi Karen, I rated this but it's not showing up. Probably something I did wrong. As usual your recipe was fantastic. If you end up getting two reviews from me you deserve both. Leanne

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    • on May 04, 2007

      45

      A very nice soup indeed. I used canned chestnuts as that was all that was available. Also used the ham stock which I think is essential for giving this soup some flavor. Veggie stock would have made a very different soup. Thanks French Tart for posting this!

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    Nutritional Facts for Chestnut Soup With Bacon - Velouté De Chataignes Et Bacon

    Serving Size: 1 (331 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 717.6
     
    Calories from Fat 406
    56%
    Total Fat 45.1 g
    69%
    Saturated Fat 18.5 g
    92%
    Cholesterol 154.3 mg
    51%
    Sodium 2358.0 mg
    98%
    Total Carbohydrate 41.3 g
    13%
    Dietary Fiber 1.4 g
    5%
    Sugars 2.8 g
    11%
    Protein 35.8 g
    71%

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