Chestnuts roasting on an open fire… mmmmm, chestnuts. Seriously, who doesn’t love roasted chestnuts? Ok, I suppose probably quite a few people… but to me they are the most delicious roasted nuts and they’re one of the crucial parts of the holiday season for me.
While looking at a menu for a local restaurant the other day, I noticed they had a roasted chestnut gnocchi on there which by name sounded like the best thing ever. Sadly, the sauce and other items that went with it were nothing I would expect to have with the roasted chestnut flavor. So that was disappointing, but the idea seed had been planted in my mind to try some recipes incorporating roasted chestnuts. Really, I feel a bit silly for never having thought of it before. I mean, if they’re that delicious to eat on their own, how wonderful would recipes be that include them?
First stop of course was Pinterest, where I simply searched for roasted chestnut recipes. Funny thing, though… most of the recipes I was finding involving chestnuts were all from foreign websites in languages I definitely did not understand, and there wasn’t a lot out there in general. I did find a Gordon Ramsay recipe for a similar soup to this one, but it involves curry and some other spices that just didn’t jive with the idea I had in my head. Ultimately I found a base recipe (in English!) that fit better with what I was aiming for, and after some additions and changes here we are.
Unfortunately, fresh chestnuts are no longer in season, which kind of bummed me out; fortunately, though, Wegmans sells packaged, pre-roasted chestnuts. I imagine using fresh chestnuts you roast yourself would give it a bit stronger chestnut flavor, but this was honestly the most delicious soup I’ve ever eaten as made below so it’s tough to imagine it could be much better. Feel free to use the packaged pre-roasted chestnuts like I did if they sell them in your local grocery store and you don’t want to wait another year to try this soup out (and really, you shouldn’t because it is so incredibly scrumptious!).