Swamp Soup

Okay, it's actually Pea, Chestnut and Bacon soup, based on this recipe from Chestnuts Australia, but the first time I made it, it was such a vivid green, it looked like something that had come out of a swamp, or a witch's cauldron. It tasted so incredible, though, that I couldn't resist making it again. 


400g cooked, peeled chestnuts

1L chicken or vegetable stock (I used chicken)

250g diced bacon

500g frozen baby peas

2 garlic cloves

Olive oil

Sour cream to serve (optional)


Cook the bacon in a frying pan over medium heat with a little olive oil. 

Place stock, crushed garlic cloves, cooked bacon and cooked chestnuts in a pot and bring to the boil. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes. 

Add frozen baby peas, bring to the boil again, then simmer for another 5 minutes. 

Remove from heat and puree with a blender until smooth. 

Return to the stove to bring to the boil again. 

Ladle into bowls, adding a spoon of sour cream to each bowl if desired. 


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(Sara makes this soup in the first chapter!)

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