Chestnut Soup

Recipe from Southern Living

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Ingredients

  • 1 leek
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine, divided
  • 2 Macintosh apples, peeled and chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 thyme sprig
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 (32-ounce) containers chicken broth
  • 3/4 pound whole chestnuts, shelled (about 2 cups nut meat)
  • 1 cup whipping cream or half-and-half
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Toppings: sour cream, grated fresh nutmeg (optional)

Preparation

  1. Remove root, tough outer leaves, and tops from leek, leaving 2 inches of dark leaves. Cut into quarters lengthwise. Thinly slice leek; rinse well, and drain.
  2. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add leek, apples, celery, and onion; sauté 5 minutes. Add bay leaf and next 3 ingredients; sauté 8 to 12 minutes or until apples and vegetables are tender.
  3. Stir in chicken broth and chestnuts. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour or until chestnuts are tender. Stir in cream. Discard bay leaf.
  4. Process leek mixture, in batches, in a food processor or blender until smooth. Return mixture to saucepan.
  5. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a small skillet. Stir in flour until smooth; cook, stirring constantly, 2 to 3 minutes.
  6. Add flour mixture to pureed mixture. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 3 to 5 minutes or until thickened. Serve warm. Top with sour cream and grated fresh nutmeg, if desired.
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