German Chestnut Soup

Creamy Chestnut Soup

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes

I will be honest – I cannot imagine Christmas without this soup. This is by far my favorite Christmas starter! It is savoury and sweet at the same time, just delicious! I would like to invite you to check the recipe that has become my staple at Christmas time.

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German Chestnut Soup

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine German
Servings 6 people


  • 2 onions
  • 100 g butter
  • 500 g peeled chestnuts
  • 750 ml vegetable fond
  • 300 ml cream
  • 125 ml milk
  • salt optional
  • sugar optional
  • 50 ml whipped cream


  • Chop finely the onions and cut the chestnuts into bigger chunks.
  • Melt the butter in a medium pot.
  • Fry the onions until translucent.
  • Add the chestnuts and fond. Let the soup simmer for 30min.
  • Blend it. Add milk and cream.
  • Season with salt and sugar.
  • Serve with a little whipped cream on top.



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This very filly and aromatic soup is a perfect starter for any Christmas dinner. With few ingredients you can cook something exceptional that will taste like in a 5* restaurant. You can make the soup ahead of time and freeze it, so you can enjoy more time with your family at Christmas.

Until 5 years ago my and my husband always enjoyed this delicious and creamy dried mushroom soup at the Christmas time. At some point I wanted to try something new and that’s how I found this recipe. Warm chestnuts here in Germany are associated with Christmas Markets so I thought that would be nice to make something different out of them. German restaurants enjoy this vegetable in many different ways, but as soon as I tried the chestnut soup, I fell in love with it. So this is how we have been eating our chestnuts for the past 5 years!

big german chestnut soup

Ingredients & Substitutes

Chestnuts – in Germany we can buy already peeled, vacuumed chestnuts. Cooking and peeling chestnuts is very time consuming so if you can buy already cooked and peeled chestnut I would recommend to do so

Onions – I am using large yellow onions

Butter – unsalted butter (because there is nothing better like buttery soup!)

Vegetable fond or water – I strongly recommend using vegetable fond or broth, if you don’t have a fond

Whipped cream – unsweetened, to serve as a garnish

Storage & Reheating

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You can store the soup up to 3 days in the fridge.

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You can store the soup up to 6 months in the freezer. That means that you can cook your Christmas starter in June already;) Just kidding.


Reheating is straightforward. You can put the container or bag from the freezer to the fridge over night and then reheat it in the pot. Or you can put frozen product directly into the pot and reheat it over low heat. That would take around 20-30 minutes.

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Marta Kieser is a food guide and blogger who lives in Frankfurt with her husband and 1-year-old son. Apart from food guiding, she loves cooking, having guests over, swimming, hiking, and running. 



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