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Soupe de Chataignes Corse (Chestnut and Pancetta Soup)


I am trying to avoid onions and garlic as I find these things so hard to digest. I decided to alter the Chestnut and Pancetta Soup recipe from The Soups of France by Lois Anne Rothert by substituting celeriac for the onion and broth for the water.

Celeriac (celery root) comes in many sizes.
I used three small celery roots for this soup.

1 lb chestnuts packed in a glass jar
3 oz pancetta diced
3 small celery roots peeled and diced
1 large fennel bulb sliced
6 cups chicken broth
Salt and Pepper to taste

Saute the pancetta in the soup kettle for 5 minutes to render the fat and brown the bits. Add the chopped celery roots and saute for a few more minutes. Add the fennel, chestnuts and enough broth to cover the vegetables and bring to a boil. Simmer for 25 minutes until the vegetables are soft. Using a stick blender, puree the soup until it is smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.


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Celery Root Bisque


I love hot soup on a cold day. This is a lovely soup–very tasty. This is my paleo adaptation:

4 oz fat of your choice (I used duck fat)
1-1/2 lb celery root (1 large), peeled and cut into 1/2″ cubes
1/2 lb shallots, thinly sliced
2 celery ribs, chopped
1-1/2 tsp salt
freshly ground black pepper
6 cups chicken stock
1 tsp lemon juice
1 cup home made coconut milk

Saute the celery root, celery, shallots, salt and pepper until vegetables are golden–about 12 minutes. Cover with stock and boil uncovered until the celery root is very tender. Using a stick blender, puree the soup until it reaches the consistency you like. Add the lemon juice and coconut milk. Serve hot.

The original recipe on p 102 of The Gourmet Cookbook calls for 1 leg of confit duck–meat shredded and skin made into cracklings–used as a garnish. This sounds very tasty but I didn’t have one, so I skipped these parts of the instructions. Of course the original called for cream instead of coconut milk and did specify butter as the fat.