Yield
6 servings (serving size: about 2/3 cup soup, 1 1/2 tablespoons mushroom mixture, and about 1 tablespoon bacon)

Look for bottled chestnuts in specialty or gourmet markets. For less mess, puree in the pan with a handheld immersion blender.

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add mushrooms; sauté 15 minutes or until liquid evaporates. Add shallots; sauté 1 minute. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt and garlic; sauté 1 minute. Remove 1/2 cup mushroom mixture; set aside. Add broth, 3 cups water, chestnuts, and thyme to pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; discard thyme.

Step 2

Place half of broth mixture in a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth. Pour into a large bowl. Repeat procedure with remaining broth mixture. Stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, sour cream, and black pepper. Sprinkle with reserved mushroom mixture and bacon.

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