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FFwD: Chestnut and Pear Soup

French Fridays with Dorie: Chestnut and Pear Soup

This week’s French Fridays with Dorie was a fairly straightforward soup – Chestnut and Pear. In fact, the hardest part was finding the jar of chestnuts (New Seasons, but I also saw them at Cost Plus). Like I do for a lot of the FFwD recipes, I cut this one in half and we still ended up with about three generous bowls of soup.

Honestly, I was a little unsure about this one. In a jar, chestnuts just look really, really unappetizing (at least to me). But, once you add the onions, rosemary, broth, and garlic (if there wasn’t garlic in the original recipe, I’m sure I added some), it was really good! Mostly savory, with just a little sweetness from the pear.

My photos are below and everyone’s posts are here. And like always, French Fridays recipes are in the cookbook, Around my French Table by Dorie Greenspan.

French Fridays with Dorie: Chestnut and Pear Soup

French Fridays with Dorie: Chestnut and Pear Soup

French Fridays with Dorie: Chestnut and Pear Soup

7 comments to FFwD: Chestnut and Pear Soup

  • Well if I had only known I could get them at Cost Plus (which is right next door to my office) I could have drastically reduced the carbon footprint of this week’s assignment! Did you use a special olive oil for that drizzle?

  • Liz

    Yup, I was surprised that those ugly chestnuts were such a terrific addition to this soup! Yours is lovely with the olive oil drizzle.

  • I love chestnuts, and have had them in cakes, breads, and stuffings before, but never in soup. This was really an enjoyable dish. I also love your drizzle of olive oil on top…very pretty presentation!

  • Love the color of your soup! This was a delightful soup!

  • trevor: I used some of my Red Ridge Farms olive oil, I think the arbequina. I’ve been drizzling it on a lot of things lately – it just looks so pretty 🙂
    Liz: Thank you!
    Kathy: Thanks. I’ve heard of putting them in stuffings before, but had never thought about soup before either!
    EmilyC: Thank you! Glad you liked it too!

  • Your soup came out a lovely color. Mine was more of a sludgy brown. At least it redeemed itself by tasting much better than it looked.

  • You managed to make this look very photogenic !! Love the shot of the pot as well as the drizzled oil. And I want that spoon – how pretty ! Yes, we enjoyed this soup and I am looking forward to making more soups as the weather has turned cold. This was nice inspiration for trying new and unusual combos.