Recipe courtesy of David Rocco

Zuppa Di Castagne: Chestnut Soup

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 5 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 45 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 shallot, chopped

1/2 cup canned pureed peeled tomatoes

25 chestnuts, roasted and peeled

8 cups vegetable stock

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Fresh parsley, finely chopped

1 cup toasted croutons


  1. Put the olive oil, garlic, and shallot in a deep pot over medium heat. Cook for a few minutes, or until the garlic turns golden in color. Add the tomato puree, and chestnuts, and cook for another minute. Add the vegetable stock and bring the soup to a boil. Season the soup with salt and pepper, to taste. Reduce the heat, and let simmer for about 40 minutes. Before serving in individual bowls, sprinkle the soup with chopped parsley and croutons.
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