Chestnut and Mushroom Soup PLUS 7 Other Chestnut Recipes

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Chestnuts are absolutely gorgeous roasted and simply enjoyed on their own, but they also lend their creamy, sweet flavour well to soups, sauces and stews.  Even desserts. 

Chestnut and Mushroom Soup

I cannot even begin to tell you ho much has happened in the last week. Zac was admitted to hospital with a suspected appendicitis, poor little fella. In a midst all of the pain, he was petrified we would cancel our overseas trip, which we had managed to move back by a week. I spent over 360 minutes on the phone in less than six days. Slept little. Matt was already in the US for work and slept little too. We both worried lots, around the clock because of the time difference, but have managed to stay sane. Just.

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When we finally emerged out of the hospital on Friday, I popped around to the local grocer to stock up the fridge with nourishing, healing foods.  I made a big pot of chicken and veg soup with added gelatin to promote tissue healing, and fennel cabbage and carrot stir fry to calm inflammation. I stocked up on bananas and flax seed for morning smoothies – both can help promote bowel movement following extended periods on pain relief.

That’s also when I spotted this season’s chestnuts.

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Roasted chestnuts are something of a comfort food for me, and boy did I need comfort at the end of that week. To turn them into something a little more special and even more comforting, I made myself a bowl of this creamy chestnut and mushroom soup. Flavoured with nothing more than a few sprigs of fresh thyme and pepper. A warm hug in a bowl.

By the end of our hospital stay, Zac was keen on my cooking too. The very limited choices of “Canned Spaghetti”, white bread and margarine or sugary cupcakes that the hospital had on offer, were not quite his thing. Most days I toted in my own little esky with meals too, because the cafe food wasn’t much better – some chips with your pizza, m’am? Odd isn’t it, that a place that’s supposed to help make us healthy can serve stuff like that?

How to Roast ChestnutsIf you are keen on trying chestnuts this season, here are 7 sweet and savoury chestnut recipes to try:

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Chestnut and Mushroom Soup
Recipe type: chestnuts, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, vegetarian, autumn, winter, soup
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Serves: 2
Roasted chestnuts are a pleasure to eat on their own. Simply follow instructions in the first part of the recipe, but I wholeheartedly encourage you to try them in this comforting bowl or mushroom and chestnut soup. I love the lemony fragrance of the native lemon myrtle in this soup, but if you can't find Lemon Myrtle Macadamia Oil (I used Brookfarm), you can use lemon thyme instead.
  • 300g fresh chestnuts
  • 1 large brown onion
  • 100g button mushrooms
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Myrtle Macadamia Oil (or olive oil)
  • 5 single sprigs thyme
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
To roast the chestnuts:
  1. Preheat oven to 180C (160C fan forced, 350F, gas mark 4).
  2. Using a sharp knife, score each chestnut shell with a cross pattern. Lay chestnuts in a single layer on a baking tray with the crosses facing up. Roast on the middle shelf for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and wrap in a clean kitchen towel for the nuts to soften as they steam inside.
In the meantime prepare the soup:
  1. Peel and finely dice onion. Slice mushrooms.
  2. Heat oil in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring for 3 minutes. Add mushrooms, thyme and pepper. Continue to cook, stirring for another 5 minutes or until the mushrooms and onion are wilted and beginning to caramelise.
  3. Add stock and cook for 10 minutes. Turn off the heat.
To prepare the chestnuts:
  1. Remove chestnuts from the tea towel and peel each by removing the har outer shell and the inner skin. Discard any chestnuts that may be affected by mould (it will most likley be a shade of green). You should have about 190g peeled chestnuts. Place chestnuts in a blender or jug if using a stick blender. Add 1 cup stock and puree until smooth.
To finish the soup:
  1. Pour chestnut puree into the saucepan and mix well. Heat for a couple of minutes, if required, and serve warm.
Serving notes: if you don;t mind an occasional slice of bread and some cheese, grill a couple of slices topped with cheese until melted and bubbling. Serve slices French-style on top of the soup.


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5 Responses to Chestnut and Mushroom Soup PLUS 7 Other Chestnut Recipes

  1. Susanne says:

    I would have never thought to put chestnuts in a soup! What a great idea. Hope your son is feeling better. He is very lucky to have you.

  2. Martyna, I am so sorry to hear about Zac and hope he is on a speedy recovery. I know it is always difficult as these things always happen at the worst times. Great soup recipe too! Take Care, BAM
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  3. Marcella Voratos says:

    I am surprised about the hospital menu. You would think that they would try to feed people healthy food rather than provide them canned spaghetti as a meal option. The soup sounds amazing by the way. I am a big fan of mushrooms and will definitely try this. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I’m pleased to hear Zac’s on the mend and you’re able to de-stress just a bit. I have a soup recipe that’s very much like this but mine has chicken in it as well. I’m going to try yours without and see if I like it better.

    I hope you all get to be together soon!
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  5. Mel A says:

    You are an amazing mum, Marty. Love your passion for food that obviously shines through at moments like this. Glad Zac is feeling better now and hopefully will have fun on the trip. Great recipe and round up of seasonal ingredient.