Sweet Potato-Chestnut Soup with Sage and Bacon

Sweet Potato-Chestnut Soup with Sage and Bacon – (Paleo; Whole30; with Instant Pot option)

Megan Main Dishes, Soups and Stews 18 Comments

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Are you someone that loves being satisfied by rich, healthful foods? I really am. I love complex carbohydrates at dinner. They can help improve sleep. I tend to emphasize proteins at breakfast and lunch, and carbs at dinner.

This beautiful soup is for those who love the deep, strong flavors of winter, to warm us through. Certainly you can have a pitcher of cream or coconut cream on the table, too, to “lighten” the soup. ๐Ÿ˜‰ That’s lovely, and my boys enjoy theirs with cream. I do like it thick…(but once there’s cream in my bowl it’s hard not to appreciate the French variation). My daughter loves hers thick, no cream, just a drizzle of toasted sesame oil.

Every bite into a chestnut found amidst the earthy, sweet potato (bone broth) base is a pleasure. If you haven’t eaten chestnuts before, I hope you’ll indulge before winter ends. They say Christmas, yes. They say seasonal. (We have them growing locally, and can find them at all our local markets!) They can be purchased in a box, already cooked, affordably from places like Trader Joe’s. They can also be made fresh, beautifully (like this) in an Instant Pot and then roasted.

I first had chestnuts in Italy with my parents. I was a senior in college and met them in Venice. I laughed out loud when I first saw the city, all surrounded by water. What a wonder. The street vendors blackened the nuts all day on their outdoor grills. We walked down narrow streets and over bridges with a paper bag of them, warming our hands and tasting the comforting sweet starchy novelty.

This soup is also loaded with fresh sage, which is healthful and balances the other strong flavors well.

And, of course, bacon. Its hot buttery caramelized crunch caps off the bowl of slow food, gives some lovely chew, and adds that balance of protein.

My husband added living sauerkraut to the top of his soup as well, for a sweet and sour.

Finally, might I say about sweet potatoes, that they are what I love about food. They are plain and fancy all at once, just like this soup. Therefore, this would make a great weeknight meal, with nothing else, or a salad on the side. But this soup would also make an elegant starter for a Christmas or Christmas eve meal, in small bowls, with a few lovely garnishes.

Sweet Potato-Chestnut Soup with Sage and Bacon - (Paleo; Whole30; with Instant Pot option)

 

Sweet Potato-Chestnut Soup with Sage and Bacon
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Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Passive Time
50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Passive Time
50 minutes
Sweet Potato-Chestnut Soup with Sage and Bacon
Yum
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Passive Time
50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Passive Time
50 minutes
Ingredients
  • 2-1/2 pounds sweet potatoes unpeeled, about 7
  • 2 cups bone broth
  • 1-1/2 cups chestnuts (about 9 ounces) chopped and already cooked, see buying or cooking guide below in Recipe Notes
  • 6 pieces bacon cooked and chopped
  • 1/4 cup animal fat or butter or coconut oil
  • 4 branches sage leaves, about 25 fresh leaves; 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary can also be substituted and is excellent
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Place broth and whole sweet potatoes into pot, or Instant Pot insert pot. For regular stove top, gently boil until fork-tender through to the center. For IP, place lid on, close steam vent, choose Manual and adjust time to 10 minutes. When timer goes off allow 20 minutes for it to cool naturally, then place towel over steam vent, press Cancel and open steam vent.
  2. Remove pot for heat and allow sweet potatoes and broth to cool for 15-20 minutes. If using IP, unplug machine and remove insert pot to allow cooling.
  3. After elapsed time, place the following into high-powered blender: sweet potatoes (unpeeled) and broth, 1/2 cup chestnuts, fat of choice, fresh sage and sea salt. Blend for about 30 seconds until smooth.
  4. Transfer puree to medium size saucepan and reheat. Stir in final 1 cup chestnuts. Serve, garnished with about 2 Tablespoons bacon per bowl.
  5. Additional topping suggestions include the following: sauerkraut for a sweet and sour flavor, coconut cream or raw cream, sauteed caramelized onions, a drizzle of toasted sesame oil or extra-virgin olive oil, fresh sage, fried sage.
Recipe Notes

This is how to prepare fresh chestnuts! -- an easy how-to using the Instant Pot. I also like to buy them at Trader Joe's, where they're affordable and already peeled and cooked. Lastly, you can order them here.

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Sweet Potato-Chestnut Soup with Sage and Bacon (with Instant Pot option)

  • Renee Kohley

    This is my love language Megan! Love it! I have never worked with chestnuts before – I’m going to see if I can get my hands on some!

  • Emily @ Recipes to Nourish

    This is so lovely Megan! Such a beautiful recipe. LOVE all of that bacon on top!

  • This looks wonderful. I bet the combination of sage and bacon is amazing!

  • Julia Hubler @ Reform Stead

    This looks so delicious and beautiful! Yummy recipe!!!

  • I have 20# of sweet potatoes on the way from Azure TODAY! And this soup is on the menu for later this week. YUM!

  • thefoodhunter

    Out of this world delicious!

  • linda spiker

    Drooling….that bacon…!

  • Kristen Lindsay

    This looks delicious… and that bacon <3 Thanks for an awesome recipe!

  • Megan Stevens

    Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Megan Stevens

    It really is incomparable! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Megan Stevens

    Bacon. (Thank you.)

  • Megan Stevens

    Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Megan Stevens

    Wow, what a fun delivery! Great!

  • Megan Stevens

    Thank you!

  • Megan Stevens

    Thank you! <3

  • Megan Stevens

    They are great! together! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Megan Stevens

    I hope you find some, Renee!

  • Aleksandra

    Bone broth, and the bacon on top, I think any paleo and keto lover is dying over this soup. ๐Ÿ™‚ Love it!