Fast, Easy, Elegant Chestnut Soup

"This is from an idea in a French women's magazine. I want to make chestnut soup for my French inlaws for Christmas dinner instead of those nasty, hard chestnuts they are always serving. I have been auditioning soups. This is the winner. Would be great garnished with some very crispy bacon or pancetta."
 
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  • This is really easy.
  • Put everything except the cream, salt and pepper in a soup pot.
  • Bring to boil, turn dow, and cook gently for 30 minutes.
  • Mush up the chestnuts a bit with a fork.
  • Decide if you want the soup a bit chunky, or really smooth.
  • I prefer the smooth version.
  • For both, use immersion blender to the point where you like the look of the soup for a chunky version.
  • For the really smooth version, blend in blender after using the immersion blender until it reaches the consistency you like.
  • Taste, check for seasoning, add salt and pepper, stir in cream.
  • If it is too thick, add a bit of stock or water.
  • I liked it best a bit thick.
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  1. Annamarie M.
    Made this yesterday with fresh organic chestnuts from the farmers market for the first time and it turned out great! Creamy and elegant. Served simply with a few cheeses on the side and a lovely Spanish red wine made for a lovely lunch...
     
  2. JustEmma
    This was a georgous soup! I made a few changes, using fresh chestnuts which I boiled and shelled. I also used chicken stock to give a little more taste and didn't use the 2 cups of cream, opting instead to drizzle a swirl of cream on the top. I also stirred in a cup of crispy bacon bits after blending the soup. Will definitely do again - many thanks!
     
  3. MamanOf3
    This is an excellent soup. I made this for my husband when he returned from a trip as a special treat. He was born and raised in France and this dish hit the spot.
     
  4. Kitchen Made
    I served this soup as a starter when we had our French neighbours over for dinner - they were impressed & so was I. Delicious recipe, thanks! I garnished it with shredded duck rather than the lardons.
     
  5. Kasha
    This is from an idea in a French women's magazine. I want to make chestnut soup for my French inlaws for Christmas dinner instead of those nasty, hard chestnuts they are always serving. I have been auditioning soups. This is the winner. Would be great garnished with some very crispy bacon or pancetta.
     
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