5 Hearty Pear Soups to Warm Your Winter

Few things warm the body and soul like a bowl of soup in the wintertime. When it’s cold outside, soup can bring a sense of nourishment and comfort. The winter months also happen to be an ideal time to experiment in the kitchen since the frigid temperatures keep many of us inside. Pears may not be an ingredient that immediately comes to mind when you think of soup, but they can bring a unique flavor and texture to both sweet and savory soups. They’re also an excellent source of fiber and a good source of vitamin C, making them a nutritious and delicious ingredient. Whether sautéed with vegetables before stock is added, roasted and pureed to blend with stocks, or simply chopped and added to an already simmering broth, pears are a fun and tasty way to step up your Continue reading

Mulligatawny Soup with Chicken, Pears, and Coconut

This autumn inspired version of Mulligatawny soup is sure to delight. Colorful pears, tender chicken, sweet potatoes, and rich coconut milk star in this adaptation of a classic English soup with Indian origins. The recipe comes together in about 30 minutes for an easy weeknight dinner, and the leftovers taste even better. Top the soup with crunchy toasted coconut and bright, fresh cilantro leaves. Ingredients: 2 tablespoon butter, divided 1 pound chicken breast, cut into ½ inch pieces salt and pepper 1 medium yellow onion, medium dice 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger 1 ½ teaspoon Madras curry powder 1 teaspoon turmeric 1 teaspoon garam masala 4 cups chicken broth 1 pound sweet potatoes, medium dice 2 firm USA Pears, such as Concorde or Comice, medium dice 1 (13.5 oz.) can coconut milk ¾ cup unsweetened coconut Continue reading

Chilled Lime-Scented Pear Soup

I unearthed an old cookbook from my shelves while doing some recent spring cleaning, and among the dated photos and unoriginal cheese-nut-pear salads, I found an interesting recipe that I think will be just perfect for the warmer months to come. (Pop quiz: Can you guess when this was published? I was off by two decades—the fussy food styling threw me.) This chilled soup blends pears with spices and lime juice for a refreshing summer starter. Chilled Lime-Scented Pear Soup The delicate essence of pears, accented by a whisper of fresh lime juice, is unmistakable in this silky smooth soup. For a refreshing hot-weather lunch, serve the soup in chilled bowls accompanied by a mixed green salad and bread sticks. Ingredients 1 cup dry white wine 1 cup dry vermouth 1 cup apple-pear juice 5 small ripe pears (preferably Taylor’s Continue reading