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Roasted Chestnut Soup with Wild Mushrooms

Roasted Chestnut Soup with Wild Mushrooms
4 votes, 4.50 avg. rating (87% score)
by in Nov 2004

Total Time: 35

Yield: 6 servings

This rich, flavorful soup has a slightly nutty taste and a soft, creamy texture. Note that you may use store-bought, preroasted chestnuts, which come vacuum-packed in jars. However, in our testing, we found that freshly roasted chestnuts tasted best. To roast chestnuts, cut an x through the flat bottom of each nut (this helps with peeling later). Toss chestnuts with salt, pepper, and 1/3 cup canola oil. Spread chestnuts on a baking sheet and roast at 425° until tender, about 25—35 minutes. Return chestnuts to the bowl, toss, and cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap. Cool; then peel.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups roasted, peeled chestnuts, divided
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter, divided
  • 1 small onion, chopped fine
  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced
  • 10 sprigs fresh thyme, chopped
  • 4-1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1-1/2 cups heavy or light cream
  • Kosher or sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup fresh (or reconstituted dried) wild mushrooms, such as porcini, black trumpet, or chanterelle

Instructions:

Chop chestnuts and set aside.

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and carrot and cook until tender, 8—10 minutes.

Add thyme and stir briefly.

Add chicken stock, heavy cream, and 2-1/2 cups chopped chestnuts. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Then simmer 20—25 minutes.

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Updated Tuesday, October 26th, 2004
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3 Responses to Roasted Chestnut Soup with Wild Mushrooms

  1. Lobb, Dolores November 29, 2004 at 10:06 am #

    This soup was absolutely fantastic. Veg stock was used in lieu of chicken stock. Would recommend it to anyone looking for a good fall/winter soup.

  2. Colleen Paradis December 19, 2004 at 10:26 am #

    Roasting the chestnut was the biggest, most difficult part. Those shells are brutal! But worth it!

  3. Marcia Burchstead November 19, 2005 at 10:14 am #

    I made this last year for Thanksgiving and planning on making it for Wednesday evenings supper. Wonderful taste and texture. I found canned chestnuts (packed in water not syrup!) at Wild Oats Market in Portland for 99 cents. Saves time roasting and peeling.

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