Chestnut and Vegetables Soup

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Η συνταγή και στα ελληνικά στο τέλος της ανάρτησης!

Up until couple of days ago, weather here was summery. Temperatures at the 30’s C and we all enjoyed a prolonged summer in the heart of fall. Two days ago that scenery changed dramatically. Temperature fell sharply and rains followed by storms landed upon us.

All outdoor activities were cancelled and we stayed at the coziness of our home. I couldn’t think of a better way to welcome fall than a soup. And not any type of soup, but one packed with fall vegetables and fruits of forest.

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My father’s village is on a mountain surrounded by chestnut and walnut trees. The area where is situated, is considered to have the best quality of chestnuts in Greece. We own a house there along with an area around it. A friend of my father’s went to our garden and picked some big, juicy, delicious chestnuts and sent them to us.

When they arrived, I immediately started making menu plans. I know for you my friends in US, Thanksgiving is approaching and for us here, who do not celebrate Thanksgiving (although, honestly I see no reason why we shouldn’t celebrate about the beautiful land we have been given), Christmas is on its way. So, I thought a chestnut soup not only would warm us up, but also it would be a great idea to try something that I can include in my festive menu as a first course.

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Chestnut trees are known to humans from a very old an age and probably they came to us from Asia Minor and more specifically from Pontos area. In Greek, chestnut is called Kàstano and probably comes from the Armenian word kask which also means chestnut. In English the word comes from the French word chesten.

It used to be mainly the food of poor. In Italy peasants collected the chestnuts, dried them, grinded them and made flour from then. They used it to make polenta which was filling and nutritious.

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Rich people in France were eating big, juicy chestnuts they called marrons, boiled and bathed in syrup. These sweet treats still exist today and they are called marrons glacés. Since they tried them once in a while, they despised the poor people of province for having to survive with them.

With the arrival of potato from America, chestnut stopped being the food of poor and was replaced by the potato. That further meant a decrease in the production of chestnuts in whole Europe.

I always remember the chestnut person in the streets of Athens baking chestnuts in a brazier made specifically for that purpose. They still exist although not as many as they used to be. This is a photo of such a seller and how it baked his chestnuts.


This soup was just the right thing for all of us. There were no leftovers for dinner and my son accused me of making too little! That sounds like a success to my ears.

Also, if you want a dish that would serve as a main course after the soup, I suggest you to visit April Harris and her blog The 21st Century Housewife. April is a blog friend of mine from England with a delicious blog. She is having a blog anniversary and I am doing a guest post for her with a traditional dish from Corfu called Pastitsada. If you want to learn more about it and also check her beautiful, recently renovated, site you can pay her a visit here.


5.0 from 6 reviews
Chestnut and Vegetables Soup
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: First Course
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: International
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 300 gr. / 11 oz. peeled boiled chestnuts
  • 100 gr. / 4 oz. butternut squash cut in squared pieces
  • 1 carrot peeled and chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 celery stick chopped
  • 1 to 1,2 lt / 2 to 2.5 pints vegetable or chicken stock depending how thick or runny you want your soup
  • Salt and pepper
  • ½ tsp thyme
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 100 gr. / 4 oz. bacon
  • 400 gr. / 14 oz. potatoes, cut in small cubes in the size of a crouton
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. In a glass bowl throw the butternut squash and pour some water.
  2. Place in microwave and boil in high temperature for about 10 minutes or until it is soft but not mushy.
  3. In a deep pot add the chestnuts, butternut squash, carrot, onion, celery, stock, salt pepper and thyme and bring to boil.
  4. Lower heat and simmer for about 45 minutes or until carrots and celery are soft.
  5. Five minutes before you turn off the fire, pour the two tbsp. of olive oil.
  6. In the meantime prepare the bacon and potato croutons.
  7. Cut the bacon in squared pieces and place them in a nonstick pan in medium/high heat until they become crispy.
  8. In another pot add olive oil or vegetable oil and fry the potatoes for a few minutes until they are golden brown and ready.
  9. When soup is ready remove from fire and let it stay for 5 to 10 minutes.
  10. Divide the soup in two and pour it in your blender.
  11. Blend until everything is mashed.
  12. Serve in bowls throwing on top the bacon tidbits and the potato croutons.
  13. For a spicier version because I know many of you are fiery lovers you can add freshly ground pepper on top of it.
  14. Serve warm with freshly baked bread.

5.0 from 6 reviews
Σούπα με Κάστανο, Λαχανικά και Κρουτόν Πατάτας
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Σούπα
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Διεθνής
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 300 γρ. καθαρισμένα βρασμένα κάστανα
  • 100 γρ. κολοκύθα κομμένη σε κομμάτια
  • 1 καρότο, ξεφλουδισμένο και ψιλοκομμένο
  • 1 κρεμμύδι, ψιλοκομμένο
  • 1 κλωνάρι σέλινο, ψιλοκομμένο
  • 1 με 1,2 lt ζωμό λαχανικών ή κότας ανάλογα με το πόσο υδαρή θέλετε τη σούπα σας
  • Αλάτι και πιπέρι
  • ½ κ.γ. θυμάρι
  • 2 κ.σ. ελαιόλαδο
  • 100 γρ. μπέικον
  • 400 γρ. πατάτες, κομμένες σε κυβάκια, στο μέγεθος ενός κρουτόν
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Σε ένα γυάλινο μπολ βάλτε την κολοκύθα και ρίξτε και λίγο νερό.
  2. Τοποθετήστε στο φούρνο μικροκυμάτων και βράστε σε δυνατή φωτιά για περίπου 10 λεπτά ή μέχρι να είναι μαλακώσει, αλλά να μην λιώνει.
  3. Σε μια βαθιά κατσαρόλα προσθέστε τα κάστανα, την κολοκύθα, το καρότο, το κρεμμύδι, το σέλινο, το ζωμό, αλάτι πιπέρι και θυμάρι και φέρτε σε σημείο βρασμού.
  4. Χαμηλώστε τη φωτιά και σιγοβράστε για περίπου 45 λεπτά ή μέχρι τα καρότα και το σέλινο να είναι μαλακά.
  5. Εν τω μεταξύ, προετοιμάστε τα κρουτόν μπέικον και πατάτας.
  6. Κόψτε το μπέικον σε τετράγωνα κομμάτια και τοποθετήστε τα σε ένα αντικολλητικό τηγάνι σε μέτρια/υψηλή θερμοκρασία μέχρι να γίνουν τραγανά.
  7. Σε μια άλλη κατσαρόλα προσθέστε ελαιόλαδο ή σπορέλαιο και τηγανίστε τις πατάτες για λίγα λεπτά μέχρι να ροδίσουν.
  8. Όταν η σούπα είναι έτοιμη αφαιρέστε από τη φωτιά και αφήστε τη να σταθεί για 5 έως 10 λεπτά.
  9. Μοιράστε τη σούπα στα δύο και βάλτε σε δόσεις στο μπλέντερ σας.
  10. Αλέστε μέχρι όλα να γίνουν πουρές.
  11. Σερβίρετε σε μπολ ρίχνοντας στην κορυφή το μπέικον και τα κρουτόν πατάτας.
  12. Για μια πικάντικη εκδοχή, μπορείτε να προσθέσετε φρέσκο τριμμένο πιπέρι από πάνω.
  13. Σερβίρετε με ζεστό φρεσκοψημένο ψωμί.

48 Responses to Chestnut and Vegetables Soup

  1. What a beautiful and amazing soup – I love the combination of flavors and colors. Thanks for stopping by our Happy Holidays Link Party – be sure to join us again this week (beginning on Saturday at 7 pm ET) and every week through the holidays.

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  3. What an awesome unusual soup!!

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  5. I’ve never cooked with Chestnuts before, but this soup is calling my name! Thank you for sharing on Weekend Bites – I’m featuring you this week!

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  7. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Katrina,
    Your Chestnut and Vegetables Soup looks delicious and sure would be good on this cold rainy day. Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  9. Ok, let’s see if your Captcha likes what I wrote (for the 3erd time)

    I am always up for a new soup recipe.
    Thanks for sharing

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  11. Thanks for coming and linking up at #TheWeekendSocial. Please be sure to come back this week starting Thursday at 9PM EST on ! I hope to see you there! Pinned

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  13. I love this recipe and personally pinned it a while ago. Now it’s pinned to our #theWeekendSocial board. Thanks

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  15. This is the time of year when I’m always hunting for new soup recipes, so thank you for this! And thanks for linking up to the #homematters linky party! We hope to see you again this coming Wednesday!

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  17. Never tried this before, I want that finger licking soup..

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  19. grace says:

    i grew up around a bunch of chestnut trees but we never harvested them and i don’t think i’ve ever eaten one! the soup looks truly comforting.

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  21. Πρεπει να ειναι πολύ νοστιμη… λατρευω τα κάστανα!

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  23. Corina says:

    What a beautiful looking soup and just perfect for this time of year. I’ve never cooked with chestnuts but i’m sure they go really well with the butternut squash in the soup too.

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  25. I’m not sure I’ve ever had chestnuts in soup, but I love the idea! Thank your for sharing!

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  27. Winnie says:

    What a fantastic soup!!
    I can almost smell it
    I’m hopefully going to try it soon (without the bacon)

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  29. Louise says:

    We had the same thing happen to us over here, Katerina. Gorgeous weather and now a forecast of possible snow over the weekend.

    A hearty bowl of Chestnut Vegetable soup would be just perfect for the weekend:) When we were kids we always had chestnuts for Christmas. Not so much for Thanksgiving. Whenever we went into New York City in the Winter time my father would take us to the “Chestnut Man” who would roast chestnuts right on the street. Oh the aroma:)

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe Katerina and for the memories…

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  31. Sissi says:

    I have never even imagined a chestnut soup! It looks so exotic and so perfect for cold days… I had no idea chestnuts were also popular in Greece. One lives and learns!

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  33. I’m intrigued by this lovely soup. I’ll have to try it. (I love marrons glace – chestnuts are so versatile). Your photos and styling are lovely.

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  35. Such a wonderful fall soup Katerina!

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  37. Joanne says:

    We’ve had mostly summery weather still also…but the fall is definitely setting in! Need a big bowl of this soup!

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  39. Chestnut and soup – what a lovely combination!! There used to be a lot of street carts selling charcoal roasted chestnut in HK but I can hardly find any when I go back now.

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  41. i just read an article on the benefits of chestnuts and how we do not eat enough of them. I love this soup and the nutty flavor the nuts bring to it. It looks delicious

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  43. A beautiful soup, Katerina! I love your use of chestnuts here – they are a seasonal favorite for me!

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  45. Liz says:

    Such a gorgeous soup! Perfect for this chilly weather we’re having, too. Lucky you with access to fresh chestnuts!

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  47. Looks like a delish recipe. I’ve never had Chestnut soup. Pinned for later! :)

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  49. Jeannie Tay says:

    That looks so delicious! I know it would be so good with crusty bread!

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  51. Chestnut and Vegetables Soup looks so wonderful. I also love your pictures! Stunning!

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  53. I’ve never tried chestnuts! There are street vendors on the corners in NYC selling them, but I’ve never tried it! I think it’s because we had a chestnut tree in our backyard when I was a kid, and they never looked appealing to me. But, your soup sounds delicious, and I’m sure I would love it. I’m glad I found your blog – I LOVE Greek food! Signing up to follow you!

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  55. Susan says:

    Do you know I have never had a roasted chestnut? I would love to taste one some day but I have never seen a vendor here in Wisconsin.

    Your soup sounds perfectly delicious for a chilly autumn evening!

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  57. I adore chestnuts! The soup looks so flavourful and tasty.

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  59. What a fun way to use chestnuts. I have been baking with chestnut flour, but never thought of a soup. Delicious!

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  61. Ooh I have never heard of using chestnuts in a soup before, sounds like it could be quite tasty!

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  63. nipponnin says:

    Many Japanese love chestnuts and I’m no exception. I love marron cake and one of popular cake in Japan. The chestnuts soup sounds delicious.

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  65. Juliana says:

    I have never had chestnut soup, and from your description it must taste delicious, nothing like a bowl of soup to warm cold evenings…so cute of your son statement.
    Thanks for this delicious recipe Katerina, have a wonderful week ahead 😀

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  67. Hadia says:

    The soup sounds absolutely delcious! Reading your post awakened lots of fond childhood memories. In December, street vendors in Beirut sell paper cones of roasted chestnuts.They remind me of my childhood. A beautiful post Katerina!

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  69. I just adore chestnuts but the season is very short, i sometimes miss them. This soups looks absolutely tempting to me. Funny how old food for the poor is often now a treat.

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  71. Πραγματικά πολύ απότομη η αλλαγή του καιρού.
    Από εκεί που ήμασταν με τα κοντομάνικα, τώρα αναζητάμε τη ζεστασιά σε ζακέτες και μπουφάν.
    Χουχουλιάρικη και πολύ φθινοπωρινή η σούπα που μας προτείνεις Κατερίνα!
    Τα κάστανα την κάνουν σίγουρα πολύ ιδιαίτερη!

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  73. The first time I ate a chestnut was at a Christmas market when we lived in Germany. I would love to try your soup! Brings back some fond memories.

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  75. What a warm and delicious soup, I have never tried chestnut in it before!

    Choc Chip Uru

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  77. Kate says:

    I just had my first experience with Chestnut soup, and yours looks delightful. The perfect way to cozy up during a cold, wet day.

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  79. Sues says:

    What a great post! I’ve never cooked with chestnuts before, but this soup looks so perfect!

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  81. Kecia says:

    The flavors in this soup are just wonderful! Nothing better on a cool fall day!

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  83. Katerina, I love reading your blog and learning about your country, where you live and all about the food you make. It’s so enjoyable! Thank you for a lovely post and beautiful bowl of Chestnut and Vegetable Soup.

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  85. I love chestnuts and this soup sounds so so good. I remember seeing chestnuts on the street when I visited Athens a number of years ago. They were delicious.

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  87. This soup looks so delicious! What a great idea…love learning the background history on chestnuts as well! Thanks for sharing!

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  89. καλησπέρα Κατερίνα μου!!
    η σούπα σου είναι το καλύτερο πιάτο για αυτές τις μέρες!!
    κάστανο, κολοκύθα, σέλινο, καρότο όλα είναι αγαπημένα υλικά!!
    απίθανη η σουπίτσα σου!! αποθηκεύεται!!

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  91. peps says:

    Πολύ γευστική πρέπει να είναι!!
    Μ’ αρέσουν και τα κάστανα και η κολοκύθα και όοοοολα τα υπόλοιπα υλικά!!!!

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  93. Ξανθή says:

    Είμαι κρυουλιάρα και θα ήθελα τώρα ένα φλιτζάνι ζεστή σούπα, η λαϊκή ακόμη φτωχή σε κάστανα για αν δω την Τετάρτη.
    Καλή εβδομάδα

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  95. Ola says:

    I have never heard about such a soup, and yes, indeed, it would be a perfect festive dish!

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