Chestnut Cheese Soup

Chestnut Cheese Soup

This Chestnut Cheese Soup is festive, hearty, rich, and irresistibly delicious. All this makes it perfect for the holiday season or for any cold and gloomy day of the year.

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Chestnut Cheese Soup

Hello everyone! Happy Monday! I hope you had a nice and restful weekend, and you are now ready for new week.

As you probably already know, I’ve already opened the holiday season. If you missed two previous posts, please check this Rosé Wine Cranberry Sauce and Pan-Roasted Chestnuts. And I am so excited to share another festive idea – this Chestnut Cheese Soup. I’ve been a huge fan of chestnut soup over the last few years. Here we can find some.

Chestnut Soup Recipes

Chestnut Marsala Wine Soup

Porcini Mushroom Chestnut Soup

Chestnut Onion Soup

Christmas Chestnut Sausage Soup

But in case you don’t like soup, you can check other recipes

Chestnut Christmas Recipes

Chocolate Chestnut Spread

Chestnut Chocolate Truffles

Beef Mushroom Chestnut Stew

Chestnut Mashed Potatoes

Chestnut Cheese Soup

This is an easy and quick recipe, especially if you use cooked and peeled chestnuts (You can find those in vacuum package in the section of snacks or international foods.) If you are using raw chestnuts, this will add another 30-40 minutes and some extra effort. As for the flavour and texture profile, it’s rich and complex. It’s subtly sweet thanks to the chestnuts. It’s creamy and velvety and with prominent cheese notes. And I also added a splash of Cointreau just at the end. That was an experiment, but the result was great as it added something extra special – a little sweetness and freshness.

Also, you can serve it with savoury cheese biscuits to make it even more festive and hearty.

I hope you like this Chestnut Cheese Soup, and you will make it a try.  If you make it, let me know in this post or send me an Instagram message or share your photos adding the hashtag #havocinthekitchen.


Chestnut Cheese Soup
Chestnut Cheese Soup
Chestnut Cheese Soup

Chestnut Cheese Soup

Recipe by Ben | HavocinthekitchenCourse: Soups


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This Chestnut Cheese Soup is festive, hearty, rich, and irresistibly delicious. All this makes it perfect for the holiday season or for any cold and gloomy day of the year.


  • 700 gr. cooked and peeled chestnuts (I used vacuum-packed cooked chestnuts, but you can use raw and roast them prior to making soup)

  • 2 large red onions, chopped

  • 2-4 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil

  • 2 tbsp. butter, divided

  • 1 tbsp. minced fresh rosemary

  • 7-10 fresh sage leaves

  • 2/3 cup white wine

  • 3 cup water or light broth

  • 1/2 tsp. salt or more to taste

  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika

  • 1/4 tsp. chipotle powder

  • 1/2 tsp. grated nutmeg

  • 1 tbsp. Italian herbs

  • about 200 gr. smoked cheddar or other type (~ 2 cups shredded and lightly packed)

  • 1-2 tbsp. Cointreau or Triple Sec (optional)

  • Extra cheese, chestnuts, cranberry sauce, cheese biscuits – for serving


  • Into a large pot add the olive oil and 1 tbsp. butter over low-medium heat and cook the onions, garlic, rosemary, and sage about 7 minutes.
  • Add the white wine and simmer 2 minutes.
  • Add the chestnuts, water (or broth), salt, smoked paprika, chipotle, nutmeg, and Italian herbs. Simmer 5-7 minutes, covered.
  • Stir in the shredded cheese, stirring with a wooden spoon. Simmer until melted, 1-2 minutes.
  • Optionally add a splash of Cointreau or other orange liquor. Off heat and slightly cool, until easy to handle. Using an immersion blender, puree until the desired consistency. Try and adjust the seasoning, including salt, if necessary. 
  • Serve garnished with extra cheese, chestnuts, and cranberry sauce as desired. Enjoy with toasted bread or cheese biscuits.

20 thoughts on “Chestnut Cheese Soup

  1. David Scott Allen says:

    I am loving all your holiday recipes! I do have quite a few packages of chestnuts in the fridge, and I think that will be a great way to use them. I’ve never had chestnuts combined with cheese… and the use a little liqueur at the end sounds great!

  2. David @ Spiced says:

    Interesting! We really enjoy soups in our house, but I usually get bored and start looking for new ideas. I’ve never made chestnut soup before, and you know how I feel about cheese – sounds like a delicious partnership here, Ben!
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  3. Marissa says:

    You have me wanting to try all things chestnut this holiday season, Ben! This soup looks so rich and creamy. Love those little star croutons too!

  4. Michelle says:

    Chestnut soup sounds so comforting and delicious! I’ve always got the vacuumed-packed chestnuts on hand, so I’ll have to give it a try!

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