Autumn Chestnut Soup

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Autumn Roasted Chestnut Soup

Ingredients (for 4 servings) :
200g roasted chestnuts
1 medium celery stalk
1 medium parsnip stalk
2 medium carrots
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 small potato
60g pumpkin
1 small squash
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1,5l chicken stock (or water)
kosher salt and pepper
finely chopped chive to serve
toasted bread or crispy bread to serve
cream to serve

Directions :
1. Wash all vegetables and cut them in small pieces. Heat the oil in a big saucepan, and sautée the onion for 2 minutes, then add all vegetables and cook them for 5-10 minutes. Transfer all vegetables in a big pot and pour over the chicken stock. Boil until the vegetables are tender.

2. Meantime, roast the chestnuts. Wash and dry them first. Then make a small incision on the shell, to avoid explosion in the oven. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Place chestnuts in the pan and roast for 15-20 minutes, or until done (once roasted, the shell will open up). Let them cool. Shuck them off the shell and cut them in small pieces. Add them in the soup. Simmer for 1-2 minutes more and then set aside. Once cooled, using a stick blender purée them. If the soup is too thick, add water. Serve with cream and finely chopped chive and dill.