Pear Potato Soup – light & luscious!

Pear Potato SoupEven though Pear Potato Soup doesn’t intuitively sound like something you’d decide to cook, it turns out that this is a delicious combination. I selected it for the Downton Abbey dinner party for two reasons. The first, was because…..

it felt like something from the 1920’s era – with staples like onion, potatoes, and carrots. It also embraces fresh fruit, which would be a luxury found on the Downton dining table. The other reason I selected this recipe, was for it’s lightness and complexity of flavor. With all of the great food we enjoy during our 4 course dinner events, it helps to have at least one light course in the menu line-up. This soup can also be easily adapted to a vegetarian recipe by using vegetable broth vs. chicken broth.

 

Pear Potato Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 pound potatoes (gold or red) peeled and cut into small cubes
  • 2 medium carrots, cut into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 4 pears, peeled, cored and cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 teaspoons minced fresh thyme, divided
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 5 cups chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
  • Creme Fraiche
  • red pepper flakes

Instructions

  • In a large pot over medium heat, melt the butter, stir in the onion. Turn the heat down to medium low, covering the onions. Stir occasionally, for about 10 minutes, or until the onions are softened.
  • Turn the heat up to medium and stir in the garlic, potato and carrot. Cover the pot and cook for about 10 minutes.
  • Add in the maple syrup, pear, salt, 2 teaspoons thyme, and nutmeg, stirring gently. Allow to cook on low heat, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes.
  • Add in the broth and mustard, bring to a boil, then turn the heat down to low. Cover the pot and let the soup simmer for about 15 - 20 minutes, or until the potatoes are soft.
  • Transfer the soup in batches to a blender or food processor and puree for 2-3 minutes until smooth. Salt & pepper to taste. Serve with a spoonful of creme fraiche, a sprinkle of thyme and the red pepper flakes.

Notes

Adapted from Potato Pear recipe provided on reluctantentertainer.com

http://itsthyme2cook.com/seasonalrecipes/pear-potato-soup-from-the-downton-diner-party/

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