ffwD: (Water) Chestnut and Pear Soup


In my rush to gather the ingredients needed for this week’s ffwD assignment, chestnut and pear soup, I inadvertently grabbed a can of water chestnuts (like the tuber) as opposed to a jar of roasted chestnuts (like the actual nut). This little mistake was the reason my soup turned out extremely light in color. However, it still packed in a ton of flavor, especially from the organic thyme and pears. I didn’t mind the mistake; I happen to love the taste of water chestnuts. They actually paired well with the rest of the soup’s ingredients.

Now that the colder temperatures are here in Chicago, I’m all for making simple yet earthy soups like this one. I’d even go so far as to say that I’ll give this recipe another shot with the proper chestnuts! My attempt at chestnut and pear soup was made for French Fridays with Dorie, a group of bloggers who are cooking their way through Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.

56 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ei
    Nov 15, 2013 @ 12:29:15

    Woops! Glad it turned out well!!

  2. apuginthekitchen
    Nov 15, 2013 @ 12:35:53

    I love water chestnuts, I can see how they would pair well with pears. A happy mistake. I think it would be delicious with regular chestnuts (I have a phobia about roasting them, projectiles)

  3. Daniela
    Nov 15, 2013 @ 12:46:55

    A lovely combination of flavors, perfect for autumn!

  4. bakeawaywithme.com
    Nov 15, 2013 @ 14:40:29

    Glad you enjoyed it with the water chestnuts…it was pretty good with the regular chestnuts, too! Happy Friday!

  5. Audrey Allure
    Nov 15, 2013 @ 14:40:52

    An interesting combo — I’ll definitely have to try!

  6. spicegirlfla
    Nov 15, 2013 @ 14:48:04

    lol…guess you put your own unique twist to the dish!!

  7. SandraM
    Nov 15, 2013 @ 15:09:59

    Yum. Perfect soup weather!

  8. Choc Chip Uru
    Nov 15, 2013 @ 15:20:56

    What an interesting soup recipe 😀
    Sounds lovely!


  9. hotlyspiced
    Nov 15, 2013 @ 15:47:18

    I’m sure it’s getting quite cold in Chicago so soup is the way to go. What a shame about the chestnuts but it’s good you found the soup works well with water chestnuts xx

  10. Geraldine Saucier
    Nov 15, 2013 @ 17:55:50

    A tasty mistake it sounds like. Glad you enjoyed this soup. Have a great weekend:)

  11. My Kitchen Stories
    Nov 15, 2013 @ 17:56:28

    looks great anyway

  12. Cakelaw
    Nov 15, 2013 @ 18:36:31

    That was definitely a happy mistake in your case – looks good to me.

  13. Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.)
    Nov 15, 2013 @ 19:12:33

    I actually LOVE the sound of that 🙂 Nice one!

  14. cecilia
    Nov 15, 2013 @ 20:07:02

    I have piles of pears still, I might give this a crack! c

  15. thatskinnychickcanbake
    Nov 15, 2013 @ 20:16:53

    Great to know it was a winner with either kind of chestnuts!

  16. Mary Hirsch
    Nov 15, 2013 @ 20:59:51

    Now that produced a giggle at my house. My first thought was why does her soup look so pretty and mine didn’t? Glad to know that water chestnuts worked. (You could have saved me some money if I had known this earlier.) You left your soup a bit chunky like I did. Try the real nut. It’s a very good soup.

  17. Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories
    Nov 15, 2013 @ 21:57:57

    Oh my goodness! And your baguette slices look great too!

  18. Tandy | Lavender and Lime
    Nov 15, 2013 @ 22:23:08

    Sounds like you made a good mistake!

  19. GiGi Eats Celebrities
    Nov 15, 2013 @ 23:48:34

    I can’t wait for you to try this recipe with NUT chestnuts!! OMG they’re so good, I just cannot control myself around them. I have no self control at ALL for those hunks of delicious starch 😀

  20. atasteofmadess
    Nov 16, 2013 @ 01:02:39

    I think I would definitely use roasted chestnuts on this. But this still sounds fantastic!

  21. Emily
    Nov 16, 2013 @ 01:14:36

    I will think you and your version of the soup the next time I see water chestnuts at the market! and perhaps get some to try!

  22. greyhousejournal
    Nov 16, 2013 @ 02:14:38

    Love water chestnuts! What a great recipe. Having grown up in the Midwest and lived in Chicago for 7+ years, I know the “time for soup” feeling! Added this to my “must make” list for winter!

  23. Food,Photography & France
    Nov 16, 2013 @ 06:43:48

    Nice opportune mistake. A great part of cooking, writing and photography is taking advantage of the opportune mistake. Nice post:)

  24. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    Nov 16, 2013 @ 07:09:46

    Okay I laughed. This is something I might do. I love that you went with it and turned out something terrific. I would have scrapped it and started over – waste!

  25. Inger Wilkerson
    Nov 16, 2013 @ 07:13:12

    I guess necessity isn’t the only mother of invention 😉 Glad it worked out!

  26. Diane (@SimpleLivingEat)
    Nov 16, 2013 @ 08:31:57

    I think you may have stumbled upon a delicious soup. Sounds wonderful, the Asian version of Pear-Chestnut soup.

  27. tastytreats13
    Nov 16, 2013 @ 10:21:59

    Oh what a delicious sounding soup! The flavors sounds wonderful!

  28. Melolimparfaite
    Nov 16, 2013 @ 13:01:25

    I have never tasted this, that looks good !

  29. amy
    Nov 16, 2013 @ 14:53:36

    Ha! Glad you had a success even w/the “oops”!

  30. Jenn and Seth
    Nov 16, 2013 @ 17:30:54

    I really like the idea of water chestnuts and pears together – sounds delicious! what a happy and delicious accident!!

  31. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
    Nov 16, 2013 @ 23:02:13

    Now that explains things.. I’ve wondered about the difference in chestnuts for some time. I didn’t know you could buy the other type in tins, I’ve only ever seen water chestnuts??

  32. The Foodie Affair
    Nov 16, 2013 @ 23:07:55

    Not a bad mix-up at all! I love this time of year when pears are plentiful!

  33. Tricia S.
    Nov 16, 2013 @ 23:18:24

    That photo is stunning- the gorgeous blue bowl really adds a kick to the, ahem, drab looking soup. Drab but yummy indeed. Wish I thought to add sliced pears and lovely toasted bread when I served mine. Next time indeed ~

  34. Tammy
    Nov 17, 2013 @ 07:55:19

    Such an interesting combination!

  35. Ameena
    Nov 17, 2013 @ 08:18:45

    I would have done the same thing…I don’t know a chestnut from a chestnut. 🙂

  36. cquek
    Nov 17, 2013 @ 09:48:25

    What gorgeous photos and such a healthy recipe!

  37. dedy oktavianus pardede
    Nov 17, 2013 @ 11:14:00

    i think i’m gonna use my roasted water chestnut for this recipe!

  38. Carolyn Jung
    Nov 17, 2013 @ 14:15:27

    Sometimes the best dishes start out as happy accidents. Even if you used water chestnuts, this looks like one delicious soup.

  39. GourmetGetaways (@GourmetGetaway)
    Nov 17, 2013 @ 14:25:53

    I love water chestnuts, what a great use you found for them. YUM!

  40. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl
    Nov 17, 2013 @ 14:28:07

    I love how creamy this soup looks! Can’t wait to try.

  41. Marta @ What Should I eat for breakfast today
    Nov 17, 2013 @ 15:52:37

    Interesting idea for a soup.

  42. thespicylemongrass
    Nov 17, 2013 @ 20:39:08

    I’ve never had water chestnuts before. How different is it to real chestnuts?

  43. Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen
    Nov 17, 2013 @ 21:28:22

    What a cool idea! I never tried water chestnuts in soup before, but this looks so yummy!!

  44. Scrambled Megs
    Nov 17, 2013 @ 21:51:57

    this is so lovely and unique. i am a big fan of pear. it was my nana’s fave as well x

  45. TrafficDiva
    Nov 18, 2013 @ 04:59:21

    Culinary mistakes can’t be bad…that’s how the potato chip came about! This is, indeed, “It’s Getting Cold in Chicago” Soup! Yummy! =)

  46. Gloria
    Nov 18, 2013 @ 05:36:23

    Nice soup for autumn!

  47. The Squishy Monster
    Nov 18, 2013 @ 13:27:56

    I’ve never been a fan of water chestnuts but I would totally eat it like this!!!

  48. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    Nov 18, 2013 @ 14:23:05

    Actually sounds like a really yummy mishap. Glad you shared it!

  49. Cher
    Nov 18, 2013 @ 20:09:32

    Hey, it all worked out well in the end! Looks good.

  50. Balvinder
    Nov 18, 2013 @ 21:03:17

    I love soup and chestnuts, this looks great!

  51. cakewhiz
    Nov 18, 2013 @ 21:44:56

    i don’t have a huge collection of soup recipes but this one looks like it’s worth a try. And i actually like the light color 🙂

    by the way, did you get my email about being in the christmas roundup?

  52. Juliana
    Nov 18, 2013 @ 21:50:33

    Somehow I love the texture of water chestnuts…glad that it turned out great in spite of the confusion.
    Have a wonderful week 😀

  53. Raymund
    Nov 18, 2013 @ 23:34:24

    What a really nice combination, never tried those two together. Very odd as it sounds but it bet that was good

  54. Culinary Flavors
    Nov 19, 2013 @ 05:33:34

    I love, love chestnuts! Great soup!

  55. jora
    Nov 19, 2013 @ 15:34:16

    Too funny! I like water chestnuts, but would never have guessed that they’d work in soup. Good to know.

  56. A Couple in the Kitchen
    Nov 21, 2013 @ 11:57:21

    We have been trying to get back on the FFwD bandwagon, but life has gotten crazy-busy. Nevertheless, we are enjoying reading about them. This soup sounds interesting…never would have thought the water chestnuts would work, but glad for you they did!

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