Potato Pear Soup

November 29, 2012 by Ali

Oh how I love soup season.

As I’ve mentioned before, I am not a huge fan of cold weather. I’m all for living in a place with the four seasons, and love the beauty of a freshly fallen snow. But when it comes to any form of shivering or a red nose, I would trade that for the sweltering summer heat anyday. I just do not like being cold! But alas, since I have chosen to make my home in the Midwest, I have learned to get through my winters. And one of the things I most look forward to is a warm bowl of homemade potato soup.

To me, potato soup is one of the ultimate comfort foods. It is hearty, creamy, simple, and above all…warm. :) But since my typical potato soups tend towards the super-savory side, I decided to mix in some fresh pears this week to try out a sweeter option. And lo and behold, it actually turned out really well! The pears were still fairly subtle, but I loved the contrast with the fresh earthy rosemary and the salty potato soup. And I added in some heavy cream at the end, but honestly, I felt like it tasted great without it too. So this could be vegetarian and vegan friendly if you would like.

What are some of your favorite soups to warm you up in the winter?

Potato Pear Soup

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 2-4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. butter or olive oil
  • 1 large leek, white and light-green parts thinly sliced (dark green parts discarded)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 lbs. Russet potatoes, peeled and roughly diced
  • 2 pears, cored and diced
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste

Method

Heat butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the white and light-green parts of the leek, and saute for 5 minutes until tender, stirring occasionally. Add garlic, potatoes and pears and saute for an additional 2 minutes. Add broth and chopped fresh rosemary and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the potatoes are fork tender.

Use an immersion blender to puree the soup. Or transfer to a blender in small batches and pulse until pureed.

Return to saucepan and stir in heavy cream. Season generously with salt and freshly-cracked black pepper. Serve immediately.

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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20 thoughts on “Potato Pear Soup

  1. This is a unique flavor pairing – Ive never seen pears + potatoes. I love rosemeary with potatoes and I bet the pears just add a nice touch!

    - Averie @ Averie Cooks

  2. I’m not a big fan of a red nose neither :) And I like to eat something hot to warm myself during cold days. Your soup looks and sounds delicious :)

    - Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today

  3. To make it vegan, another option is to add some silken tofu that’s been whipped in the food processor!

    - Ellen

  4. This sounds amazing, I would have never put these two flavors together.

    - cathy @ Noble Pig

  5. Amazing, how do you get such darn clear pictures?? I thought that rosemary was stuck to my screen. Great recipe Ali!!

    - Gerry @ Foodness Gracious

  6. What a creative recipe, I love the rosemary addition!

    - Laura (Tutti Dolci)

  7. How cool is this recipe?!! I’m all about the soup, and I totally have to try this. Blast! I wish I hadn’t eaten those pears yesterday.

    - Carrian-Sweet Basil

  8. I love this combination- I live “strange” pairings. It is something that you definitely don’t think of right away. Definitely going to try it sometime this winter

    - Karen

  9. I’m not fan of the cold weather although I’m looking forward to the first snow.
    I added once pear to my soup and loved it. Going to try your recipe as well. Thanks for sharing Ali

    - Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking

  10. you SO need to come to Florida to defrost this winter!!! We’ll go to the beach, and you can brag to all your friends! ;)

    - Tina | My Life as a Mrs

  11. What a great idea. I love rosemary and pears together. It looks so inviting, creamy, and soul warming. I am down for this anytime in the winter, which is fairly cold here, but not nearly as cold as the Midwest.
    On a side note… We get to meet in California in April!

    - fabiola@notjustbaked

  12. Love the simplicity of this soup – perfect for the holidays, too!

    - Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

  13. What a unique and awesome-sounding soup! I’m not a huge potato person, but combined with the pear, this sounds amazing!

    - Sues

  14. I’m definitely not a big fan of cold weather too. That’s why I live in LA where it doesn’t go lower than 60 degrees! Love this soup though – it’s definitely comfort food at its best. And the pear in this is just genius!

    - Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

  15. Pear! Whoda thunk it? Love this idea…especially because I have some pears that need using in the fridge. Thanks for the note that it doesn’t really need the cream, too!

    - Sarah M.

  16. What a cool flavor combo! Sounds so interesting and yummy.

    I’m a die-hard chicken chili girl in cold weather – I can’t get enough! I love, love, love your white chicken chili recipe!

    - little kitchie

  17. This soup sounds awesome. Potato and pear are a great mix!

    - Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

  18. This sounds lovely and the addition of pear is a really nice touch!

    - Kathryn