Chestnut and bacon soup recipe

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This delicious chestnut soup is the perfect post-Christmas winter warmer

  • healthy
Serves4
SkillEasy
Preparation Time5 mins
Cooking Time50 mins
Total Time55 mins
Five A DayTwo
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories223 Kcal11%
Fat13 g19%
Saturated Fat4 g20%

A warming chestnut and bacon soup that's so easy to make and freeze ahead - perfect for a Christmas or winter supper.

Take a look at our guide on how to cook chestnuts perfectly for your seasonal bites and treats!

Ingredients

  • 1tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 4-6 rashers smoked streaky bacon, chopped
  • 1 stick celery, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 200g packet vacuum-packed chestnuts
  • 2 vegetable stock cubes
  • 1 level tbsp chopped fresh thyme
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 rashers streaky bacon
  • Few sprigs of thyme

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Method

  1. Heat the oil in a large pan,add the onion, bacon, celery and carrots and cook over a medium heat for about 7-10 mins, stirring occasionally until vegetables have softened.
  2. Pour 1 litre (1¾ pints) water into the pan and add the chestnuts, stockcubes and thyme.
  3. Bring the mixture to the boil, then reduce the heat and cover the pan. Simmer gently for about 20-30 mins, until the vegetables are tender.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and purée the soup in a liquidiser or food processor, or use a stick blender.
  5. Add seasoning to taste. Leave to cool, then pour it into a freezer container, cover and label. Will freeze for up to 3 months.
  6. To serve - Allow the soup to defrost overnight, then bring to the boil before serving.
  7. Cut the rashers of bacon into strips and cook them in a hot frying pan until crisp and place on top of the soup, with a couple of small sprigs of thyme. Sprinkle some freshly ground black pepper over.

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