Chestnut and Bacon Soup

This is a luxurious, warming and filling winter soup that I often serve when I have friends round for lunch.  If you keep a can of chestnut puree in the larder, it can be produced, with or without bacon, at the drop of a hat.  If you are feeding Vegefriends, leave out the bacon and substitute vegetable stock for the chicken stock.

I know I give you quite a few soup recipes but they are just such good food.  They can operate as warming, energy giving fast food and you can hide all manner of things in a soup that a child or fussy person might sneer at if presented in recognisable form.

1 x chopping board
1 x large saucepan
1 x measuring jug

2oz / 60g butter
1 medium onion – finely chopped
4 rashers of bacon – chopped
1 tblspn dried sage or 2 tblspn fresh chopped sage
1 x 436 tin of chestnut puree
1 pint of chicken stock
¼ pint / 150ml double cream

Saute the onion, bacon and sage in the butter until the onion is translucent
Add the chestnut puree and stir well
Gradually add the stock, stirring briskly to break down the puree
Simmer for 15 minutes
Add half the cream
Serve immediately using the remaining cream to put a generous swirl on each bowlful
Serve with tasty bread



Filed under Food, Recipes, Seasonal, Storecupboard

4 responses to “Chestnut and Bacon Soup

  1. Can fresh chestnuts be used? Tis the season.

    • wartimehousewife

      Yes they can, you just have to wack them in the blender and puree them yourself. Then you will be jolly. Tra-laaaaa!


    In the vegan/vegetarian adaptation of your Chestnut-Bacon soup, you did mean to say substitute veg stock for the chicken stock, yes? Not vice-versa, as it now reads… 😉

    Otherwise, lovely, and I’m off to the kitchen on a scouting expedition for ingredients.

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