Pear almond soup

Yield: 6 Servings

Measure Ingredient
¼ cup Cooking oil
½ cup Minced onion
½ cup Minced celery
4 Pears; peel/seed/core
½ cup Blanched almonds
½ cup Pear brandy or sherry
4 cups Vegetable stock
1 teaspoon Fresh thyme
1 tablespoon Fresh sage
Salt and pepper, to taste

Heat oil in a wide pot and add onion and celery. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until onion begins to brown. Add pears and almonds and cook together lightly, about 3 minutes. Add brandy or sherry and cook about 3 minutes to allow alcohol to evaporate. Add stock, herbs, salt and pepper. Cook 40 minutes on medium heat. Set aside to cool. Transfer mixture to blender or food processor and blend well. Strain mixture back into saucepan and reheat, tasting and seasoning as necessary. Serve hot.

Serves 6.

Nutritional analysis per serving: 376⅗ calories; 18⅖ grams total fat; (2.3 grams saturated fat); 7⅒ grams protein; 38⅕ grams carbohydrates; 2 milligrams cholesterol; 1,162 milligrams sodium.

Louisville Courier Journal, November 12, 1996

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