Chestnut Marsala Wine Soup

Chestnut Marsala Wine Soup

This Chestnut Marsala Wine Soup is a delicious savoury recipe jam-packed with holiday flavours. So homey and cozy (Yet utterly elegant.)

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Chestnut Marsala Wine Soup

Hello everyone. Happy Tuesday! Hoping this week has been treating you well so far.

I am going to keep it short and sweet today because I am planning to post four recipes this week. (Not entirely sure if that’s achievable yet.) But with the holiday season arriving, I also want to share as many festive ideas as possible these days. Just because you can never be sure how is your blogger’s schedule going to be affected. I bet most of you can relate.

Festive Sweet Ideas

So without further ado, let’s quickly talk about new recipe. This season (As well as previous few years), I’ve been trying to focus on savoury festive recipes rather than desserts. Of course, what kind of holiday season can be without sweet recipes. And I have some. You can check my new sweet recipes like these Chestnut Chocolate Truffles and these Christmas Crepes with Cranberry Sauce.

Festive Savoury Ideas

But if you are looking for savoury ideas, I’ve got even more of such.

Christmas Duck Stew

Christmas Veal Meatballs

Festive Brussels Sprouts

Marsala Sauce Meatballs

Chestnut Marsala Wine Soup

And now it’s time for some hearty soup. Or more specifically, this Chestnut Marsala Wine Soup. It’s super easy to make, but it’s packed with all holiday flavours such as parsnips, rosemary, and nutmeg. Chestnuts add the natural sweetness while the marsala wine accentuates it even more. As you can see, I used a lot of marsala wine resulted to an extra added sweetness. If your prefer a more savoury variation, please use less wine and more water (broth.) Also, you can balance up the soup sweetness with something salty like crispy sausage, pancetta, or bacon. And while it’s not necessary at all, I also recommend serving this soup with homemade cheese biscuits. Perfect combination.

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


Chestnut Marsala Wine Soup
Chestnut Marsala Wine Soup

Chestnut Marsala Wine Soup

Recipe by Ben | HavocinthekitchenCourse: Main


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This Chestnut Marsala Wine Soup is a delicious savoury recipe jam-packed with holiday flavours. So homey and cozy (Yet utterly elegant.)


  • 2 medium onions, chopped (2 cups chopped)

  • 2-4 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 medium parsnip, sliced (1 cup sliced)

  • 1 medium carrot, sliced (about 1 and 1/2 cups)

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil

  • 1 tbsp. butter

  • about 500 gr. cooked and peeled chestnuts (I used vacuum-packed)

  • 1 and 1/2 tbsp. fresh rosemary, minced

  • about 1/2 tsp. salt or to taste

  • 1 small-medium nutmeg, freshly grated

  • 1/2 tbsp. smoked paprika

  • 1/4 tsp. chipotle powder

  • a pinch of white pepper

  • about 2/3 cup marsala wine (Use 1/3 to 1/2 cup for less sweet version)

  • about 4 cups of water or broth

  • More cooked chestnuts, pomegranate arils – optional, for garnish


  • Into a large pot add the olive oil over low-medium heat and cook the carrots, parsnips, onions, and garlic, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Stir in the chestnuts along with the butter, rosemary, and salt. Cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add in the water (or broth), cover, and simmer for about 10 minutes, or until the veggies are almost tender.
  • Stir ii the marsala wine and the remaining spices. Simmer for another 5 minutes. 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. When serving, optionally garnish with more chestnuts and pomegranate arils. Enjoy!

14 thoughts on “Chestnut Marsala Wine Soup

  1. Eva Taylor says:

    I just love chestnuts, they add such a beautiful flavour and exceptionally creamy texture. This is a very rich soup so I’d probably only serve small portions. It looks so festive.

  2. David @ Spiced says:

    I do enjoy adding a splash of marsala wine to some soups, but I’ve never had a soup where the marsala is a signature flavor. I’m intrigued! And the chestnuts add a very holiday vibe to this soup – it’s cold here, and I’m thinking a bowl of this soup would warm us right up!

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