Pear, Pistachio and Pomegranate Soup

Pear, Pistachio and Pomegranate Soup

Serves 8
This elegant dessert soup is perfect for entertaining. Make the soup and chill it, then simply garnish with ruby pomegranate seeds and pale green chopped pistachios before serving as an eye-catching last course.
  • 1 1/4 cup whole raw, shelled pistachios
  • 6 firm ripe (about 3 pounds) Bartlett pears
  • 1 cup pear juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup, to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom, to taste
  • Seeds of one pomegranate
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Preheat oven to 350°F. Spread pistachios on a baking sheet and bake until browned and fragrant, stirring halfway through, 7 to 8 minutes. Transfer pistachios to a plate to cool.

Peel pears, cut them into quarters and remove cores and stems. Place pears in a large saucepan with pear juice and water. Bring liquid to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook until pears are tender when pierced with a fork, about 20 minutes.

Process 1 cup of toasted pistachios (reserve remaining nuts for garnish) in a blender until finely ground. Add cream and just enough pear cooking liquid to pistachios to achieve a smooth consistency. Transfer pistachio cream to a large bowl. Puree pears with their cooking liquid in the same blender, in batches, until smooth and creamy. Add pureed pears to bowl with pistachio cream. Stir in maple syrup and ground cardamom to taste.

Cool soup and chill completely, at least four hours or up to overnight. Serve soup garnished with pomegranate seeds and coarsely chopped toasted pistachios.
Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving: 330 calories (180 from fat), 20g total fat, 8g saturated fat, 40mg cholesterol, 15mg sodium, 36g carbohydrates, (8 g dietary fiber, 24g sugar), 6g protein.
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