Creamy chestnut soup with thyme croutons

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Chestnut soup. Enjoy this creamy chestnut soup as a starter or main dish. Great for Christmas lunch or those warm winter evenings.

This creamy chestnut soup makes for the perfect meal on a blustery winter’s day or a great starter to a Christmas feast. The earthiness of the chestnuts meets with the creaminess of the cream cheese to give a delicious taste. By using cream cheese in the place of double cream, this warming soup is lighter than other recipes. Serve with a sprinkling of our thyme croutons for some added crunch.

Summary

Prep: 10 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
Ages: Toddlers to Teens
Difficulty: Easy peasy
Makes: 4-6 bowls

Chestnut soup. Enjoy this creamy chestnut soup as a starter or main dish. Great for Christmas lunch or those warm winter evenings.

Ingredients

Chestnut soup:

  • 600 grams of cooked and peeled whole chestnuts
  • 3 pints of low sodium chicken stock
  • 2 sticks of celery trimmed and chopped
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 2 small carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
  • ½ cup of cream cheese at room temperature (6 Tablespoons)
  • Salt and freshly milled black pepper to taste

For the croutons:

  • 4 Tablespoons of olive oil
  • 4 slices of whole wheat bread cut into cubes
  • 1 Tablespoon of finely chopped fresh thyme leaves

Instructions

  1. Place the chestnuts, celery, shallots, carrots and chicken stock in a large saucepan.
  2. Simmer for 20 minutes over medium heat.
  3. While the soup is simmering, begin to make the croutons
  4. Cut the whole wheat bread into small cubes. Fry in olive oil and thyme until they are crispy and golden. Set them aside until the soup is finished.
  5. After 20 minutes take the soup off the heat and allow it to cool slightly.
  6. Using a sieve and a large bowl, drain your soup. Keep the liquids from the soup in the bowl, and the solids will be in the sieve.
  7. Put the solids in a blender and blend until smooth.  Gradually begin adding the reserved liquid until the soup is the desired consistency.
  8. Add the cream cheese a spoonful at a time and blend until it makes a creamy soup.
  9. Sprinkle the croutons over the soup and serve in warm bowls.

 

Creamy chestnut soup – our step by step guide:

 

 

 

Put the chestnuts, celery, shallots, carrots and chicken stock into a medium sized saucepan and boil for 20 minutes.

 

Chestnut soup. Enjoy this creamy chestnut soup as a starter or main dish. Great for Christmas lunch or those warm winter evenings.

 

While your soup is cooking, cut your bread into cubes for your croutons.

 

Chestnut soup. Enjoy this creamy chestnut soup as a starter or main dish. Great for Christmas lunch or those warm winter evenings.

 

Heat the olive oil in a medium sized fry pan and fry your croutons with your thyme and a pinch of salt.

Toss them around in the oil until they are crunchy and browned.

 

Chestnut soup. Enjoy this creamy chestnut soup as a starter or main dish. Great for Christmas lunch or those warm winter evenings.

 

After 20 minutes, drain your soup through a colander or sieve over a bowl so that you can reserve the liquid.

 

Chestnut soup. Enjoy this creamy chestnut soup as a starter or main dish. Great for Christmas lunch or those warm winter evenings.

 

Don’t throw your stock away. Save it. We’ll use it in a second.

 

Chestnut soup. Enjoy this creamy chestnut soup as a starter or main dish. Great for Christmas lunch or those warm winter evenings.

 

Put all of your soup ingredients except the stock into your blender.

 

Chestnut soup. Enjoy this creamy chestnut soup as a starter or main dish. Great for Christmas lunch or those warm winter evenings.

 

Begin adding your stock to your blender.

Keep adding stock until your soup is the consistency that you want it.

 

Chestnut soup. Enjoy this creamy chestnut soup as a starter or main dish. Great for Christmas lunch or those warm winter evenings.

 

Now add your cream cheese a spoonful at a time.

Keep mixing until all of the cream cheese is incorporated into your soup.

Season your soup with a little bit of salt and pepper if desired.

 

Chestnut soup. Enjoy this creamy chestnut soup as a starter or main dish. Great for Christmas lunch or those warm winter evenings.

 

Serve with your thyme croutons in warm bowls!

 

 

Or offer up as a starter to a Christmas feast!

 

Chestnut soup. Enjoy this creamy chestnut soup as a starter or main dish. Great for Christmas lunch or those warm winter evenings.

 

For more warming soups take a look at our lentil soup with sweet potatoes and apple.