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Pear Soup

This Pear Soup recipe is easy to make and would be a great starter soup for a nice holiday meal. Creamy without cream and a nice balance between the sweet pears and the subtle saltiness of the cheeses.

Pear Soup Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 3 fresh pears peeled and cored
  • 1/2 cup Gruyere cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup crumbled Stilton Cheese
  • Toasted walnuts to garnish

  1. In a heavy bottom dutch oven or pot add the broth and wine.
  2. Add peeled and cored pear chunks to the broth and wine and poach over medium heat until pears are soft.
  3. Puree the pears until smooth using a hand immersion blender or a stand blender.
  4. If you used a stand blender put the puree back into the pot and add the cheeses.
  5. Lower the heat and stir until cheeses are melted and smooth.
  6. Serve in small bowls garnished with toasted walnuts.
  7. Serves 4-6 with hearty portions or 12 with small starter portions.  
The toasted walnuts blend nicely with the pears and cheeses giving a nice crunch to the soup.
Add a few pomegranate seeds or bacon bits to add extra flavor and color splash to the soup.
If you do not like Stilton cheese you can substitute the Stilton for Gruyere and use a full cup.


  1. This is making me think about Pear Soup. Not wanting cheese with that, I'll look for one with cream, which must be a possibility. Pears are my favorite fruit of all and this sounds so appealing to me...including the toasted walnuts.

    1. Vee, I think you could just add 1 cup of cream instead of the cheeses with maybe a roux of flour/butter to help it thicken a bit...

  2. Oh this sounds decadent! On my menu planning now.

  3. I love this idea for a starter soup! Your serving bowl is so pretty Ellen.


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