Chestnut, Celery Root and Apple Soup


A recipe for Chestnut, Celery Root and Apple Soup from Daniel Boulud. A lovely addition to a fancy fall dinner party.

Chestnut, Celery Root and Apple Soup

Chestnut, Celery Root and Apple Soup

Recipe by Daniel Boulud


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, peeled, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 1 medium leek, white part only, thinly sliced, washed and dried
  • 2 McIntosh apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 10 ounces celery root, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3/4 pound dry-packed bottled or vacuum-sealed peeled chestnuts
  • 2 quarts unsalted chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream


  1. Heat the oil in a stockpot or large casserole over medium heat. Add the onion, leek, apples, celery root, bay leaf, thyme, nutmeg and salt and pepper to taste and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes, or until the onions and leeks are soft but not colored. Add the chestnuts and chicken stock and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer and cook, skimming the surface regularly, for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the chestnuts can be mashed easily with a fork. Add the heavy cream and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes more, then remove from heat and discard the bay leaf and thyme.
  2. Puree the soup until smooth, using a blender, hand-held immersion blender or a food processor, and working in batches if necessary, then pass it through a fine-mesh strainer. You should have about 2 quarts of soup. If you have more, or if you think the soup is too thin -- it should have the consistency of a veloute or light cream soup --  simmer it over medium heat until slightly thickened. Taste and, if necessary, adjust the seasoning. The soup can be cooled completely and stored in a covered container in the refrigerator three to four days or frozen up to a month. Bring the soup to a boil before serving.
  3. Yield: 4 servings.


About Author

Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

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