4 cups chicken stock (or vegetable stock)
5 ripe pears (d’Anjou or Comice)–peeled, cored and cut into ½-inch pieces*
¼ teaspoon red-pepper flakes
1 cup dry Champagne or sparkling wine
Zest of 1 lemon (about 1 tablespoon)
Juice of 2 lemons (about ¼ cup)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 ounces blue cheese, crumbled and at room temperature
1. In a medium saucepan, bring the stock and pears to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium, cover and cook until the pears are tender, about 8 minutes. Stir in the red-pepper flakes and remove the saucepan from the heat.
2. In the bowl of a food processor, blend the pears and stock until smooth. Pass the soup through a fine-mesh strainer into a medium bowl. Stir in the Champagne, lemon zest and lemon juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
3. Divide the soup among 4 shallow bowls and garnish with the blue cheese. Serve immediately. (The original recipe also calls for garnishing with celery leaves, but we didn’t use those when we made it).
*We used pears from the pear tree at Sweet Springs, and we have no idea what kind of pears they were, but we just know they were delicious.
This recipe is from a Tasting Table email (which, by the way, you should sign up for). They say the recipe is adapted from Dirk Flanigan, Henri, Chicago.