Creamy Chestnut Soup With Porcinis And Root Vegetables

Creamy Chestnut Soup With Porcinis And Root Vegetables
Creamy Chestnut Soup With Porcinis And Root Vegetables

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

4

servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

4

servings

Ingredients

  • 1/3

    cup dried porcinis

  • 2

    cups hot water

  • 1

    medium carrot diced

  • 1

    celery rib diced

  • 1

    small parsnip diced

  • 2

    large shallots finely chopped

  • 1

    bouquet garni (1 sprig each of bay leaf, thyme and parsley)

  • 2

    tablespoons butter

  • 3

    cups chicken stock or canned broth

  • 1 1/4

    pounds chestnuts roasted, peeled, and coarsely chopped (or use 12 oz bottled chestnuts)

  • Salt to taste

  • Freshly-ground black pepper to taste

  • 2

    tablespoons dry Sherry

  • Frizzled leeks for garnish (deep fry julienned strips of leek in 365 degree oil)

  • Creme fraiche for garnish

Directions

Combine porcini mushrooms and 2 cups hot water in medium bowl. Let stand until porcini mushrooms, soften, about 15 minutes. In a saucepan melt butter and add carrots, celery, parsnips and shallots. Saute until tender. Add bouquet garni and chicken stock. Using slotted spoon, transfer porcini mushrooms into saucepan with chicken broth. Add porcini-soaking liquid to saucepan, leaving sediment behind in bowl. Add chestnuts and salt and pepper. Bring to boil, reduce heat cover and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Working in batches, puree soup in blender until smooth, return soup to saucepan. Add Sherry. Bring soup to simmer, correct seasonings adding salt and pepper, to taste. Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cool slightly and refrigerate. Re-warm over medium heat before continuing. Ladle soup into bowls. Top with vegetables, and garnish with leeks. This recipe yields 4 cups.

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