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Chestnut Pear Soup

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Chestnut Pear Soup would be perfectly acceptable for my girlfriends, sweet, smooth and elegant….but not manly enough for the big guy.

Chestnut Pear Soup
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Nope, the hubby didn’t touch this one. In fact, I didn’t even tell him about the half batch I cooked up and parked in the fridge. I could just imagine the conversation we’d have if I offered him a serving with his dinner. He’d tell me he didn’t like chestnuts (which he’s never even tasted), that he didn’t like fruity soups (despite the onions, leeks, chicken broth and other savory ingredients) and then maybe take a small spoonful to humor me. I didn’t want to go through all of that.

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I make a lot of executive decisions like that. Instead of dealing with the recipe rejection, I whip up something just for me and enjoy it for my lunch during the week. Inspired by Pierre HermΓ©, French pastry chef extraordinaire, Dorie took the “bland” chestnut and made something lovely. Ripe pears and chestnuts were added with chicken broth to the aforementioned aromatics along with some celery and thyme and simmer till tender. My immersion blender pureed this mixture into a latte colored soup…which was ladled into a soup bowl for one and topped with a thin slice of pear. The forgotten creme fraiche was left in the fridge for future mid-day meals.

This was a lovely Chestnut Pear Soup …I wasn’t much of a fan of the chopped chestnut garnish, but they were wonderful pureed into the soup.

A half version of this recipe can be found here.

Things you may need for this recipe:

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40 comments on “Chestnut Pear Soup”

  1. This was not a husband-friendly recipe, at least for you and me. I love your pear garnish. It’s gorgeous.

  2. This looks like something you would find in Epicurious Magazine. Chestnuts, eh?

  3. I love how you discuss hubby’s taste in food. πŸ™‚

    Where do you buy vacuum sealed chestnuts? Are they ready to be added?

    Love this combination!!

  4. chestnuts are pretty hard to find in Australia when not in season but when they are, I go crazy over them and roast them almost daily. Will try to make your soup next!!!

  5. That’s just nearly too pretty to eat.

    When I make something I know John won’t eat I get it ready to photograph and then sit down next to him and say, “You can’t have any.” Then the conversation starts. πŸ™‚

  6. Good for you just going for the soup for yourself. I get tired of everyone’s in my family’s lists of likes and don’t likes. So glad you enjoyed it.

  7. Haha, poor Liz. Reminds me of when the boys were young. That’s rough – considering what a gourmet cook, you are! Anyway, wise strategy! Your soup sounds like something I would love!

  8. It certainly looks pretty! I love the way you plated this. I made a chestnut soup a while back and really didn’t like it. It was just too rich for me. Oh well – you can’t like everything, right?

  9. The soup looks very good, Liz, I love the combo of flavours.

  10. I think I would have to agree with you about the chestnut garnish… I like pureed soups to be creamy and simple. Never thought to do a fruit soup like this. πŸ™‚

  11. What a gorgeous chestnut soup, pear with it would be an awesome flavour burst πŸ˜€


  12. I must confess that I haven’t tried anything with chestnuts but this sounds like a wonderful fall soup!

  13. You had me LOL at your knowing what hubby would (and wouldn’t) go for. Seem that many of us make these executive decisions abound in the kitchen, no ? Too funny. So glad that you enjoyed the soup and your presentation, as always, is just gorgeous. Wish I had thought to slice a pear on top as you did- that is simply stunning !!

  14. Thank you for sharing this unheard-of soup recipe πŸ™‚
    There’s something very graceful about your food styling and photos πŸ™‚


  15. Liz, a very elegant presentation of your Chestnut-Pear Soup – it looks so smooth and has such a rich color – I feel the urge to make this soup again soon when I look at your pictures. We really enjoyed this recipe with the combination of sweet pears and the earthiness of the chestnuts!
    Have a fabulous Sunday!

  16. Oh YUM!
    What gorgeous flavours!!
    Great recipe and images.

  17. Gah! Your photos look so warm and inviting. Wintry but warm.

  18. I haven’t learned my lesson, I still try to get everyone to like it πŸ™‚
    Lovely presentation, Liz. Fortunately, everyone enjoyed this one.

  19. Lovely presentation! Your slice of pear is beautiful. I do this sometimes too. I end up eating a lot of whole grains for breakfast, because it just isn’t worth making them for dinner and trying to convince my husband to eat them. I’m glad you enjoyed the soup, it did make a nice lunch.

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