Chestnut Bisque with Fresh Pear Recipe

Recipe Category: Vegan

Chestnut Bisque With Fresh Pear Recipe


Makes 4 to 6 servings

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 2 ripe Bosc pears
  • 12 ounces fresh, frozen, or jarred cooked and peeled chestnuts
  • 4 cups roasted vegetable broth, or other vegetable broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt
  • 1/2 cup plain unsweetened soy milk


  1. In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat
  2. Add the onion and celery
  3. Cover and cook until the vegetables are softened, about 10 minutes
  4. Peel, core and dice one of the pears and add to the pot along with the chestnuts, broth, allspice, ginger, cayenne, bay leaf and salt to taste
  5. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes
  6. Remove the bay leaf and discard
  7. Puree the soup in the pot with an immersion blender or in a blender or food processor, in batches if necessary and return to the pot
  8. Stir in the soy milk and taste, adjusting seasonings if necessary
  9. Reheat over medium heat until hot
  10. Peel, core and chop the remaining pear
  11. When the soup is hot, ladle it into bowls, garnish with chopped pear and serve

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