Zuppa di castagne (chestnut soup)

Mario Matassa shares a simple but flavoursome recipe for chestnut soup with mushrooms – an Italian autumn classic…

foraging - chestnut soup

Serves 2
Preparation time 10 minutes
Cooking time 30 minutes


• 200g ready prepared chestnuts

• 200g fresh porcini mushrooms

• 500ml vegetable stock

• 100ml single cream

• 2 tbsp olive oil

• salt and freshly ground black pepper


1 Pour the olive oil into a large saucepan and heat. Clean the mushrooms using a damp cloth, then roughly chop. Add the mushrooms to the oil and cook for 3-4 minutes. 

2 Add the chestnuts and the stock to the pan. Bring to a simmer, then cook for 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and blend until smooth. Place the soup back in the saucepan and add the cream. Heat through gently, then serve.

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