Easy Pear Potato Soup Recipe
This Easy Pear Potato Soup is a delightful soup to serve at a Downton Abbey dinner party! Even better made with Five Spice flavor and creme fraiche. Enjoy this surprise visit to Downton Abbey in England!
Friends, I am in London this week! It’s been quite the journey, but fun so far. I’ve been invited to visit London with Grey Poupon, who’s sponsoring my trip, in celebration of Downton Abbey’s 6th and final season.
Pear Potato Soup
Follow along as I share this delightful, simple Pear Potato Soup Recipe. It’s so good, easy for a Downton Abbey dinner party, or just lunch or dinner.
The leaves have changed here already, it’s rainy and cool (I bought a new raincoat), the streets are hustling and bustling with people, and my friend Lori (RecipeGirl) and I are soaking it all in. It’s been 8 years since I’ve been to London. You can also check out RecipeGirl’s recipe today: English Sausage Pastries. YUM.
Later this week we are scheduled to visit The Downton Abbey Kitchen, presented by Grey Poupon, to take part in amazing stops to locations featured in the film. That’s right, we get to experience Downton Abbey (Highclere Castle) in person this week! I’m so excited.
Most of you know that this this is the last season of this wonderful show, premiering January 3rd in the US. It will be hard to say goodbye to some of my favorite characters. And by the way, the UK launch was in September, so I’m pretty sure none of the cast will be there when we are.
Staying at the Ritz.
But, still, we’re staying at The Ritz London Hotel! Remember Alfred Nugent, who flirted with Daisy? He was O’Brien’s nephew, who arrived at Downton Abbey in 1920 after Alfred’s mother wrote to her sister, asking her to help find Alfred a position there. He worked as a footman, but eventually left Downton to get a job at the Ritz.
How fun would it be to pass Alfred in the hallway at the Ritz … I’ll let you know … (hee-hee). We head there on Wednesday!
Easy Pear Potato Soup Recipe
Since we’re hosted by Grey Poupon, I’m starting off the holiday season with a delicious recipe inspired by Downton Abbey that I created last week in my own kitchen, that I think you will love. This Easy Pear Potato Soup Recipe is very simple, made with pears and potatoes, yet it has so much flavor, with the sweetness of the pears, and the irresistibly savory flavor of Grey Poupon mustard, topped off with fresh, sweet thyme and a splash of creme fraiche.
Actually in London last evening, I enjoyed a meal and they served a pear potato soup. I asked, by chance, if they used Grey Poupon mustard? (wink-wink)
Host a Downton Abbey party.
Pull out the China, and serve to your guests for the holidays!
In true family style, my sister came over last week and cooked in our kitchen, making this delicious soup. Great food has a history and connects us with our past, so we talked a lot about our Grandma Friesen, how she always made potato soup. In fact, my dad and his wife Ginny then came over and enjoyed lunch with us!
Oh, and we’re also visiting the Victoria & Albert Museum, and heading to Bampton to tour the Downton Village, and then to Highclere Castle (be still my heart), for a tour and high tea.
So friends, if you’re excited like I am, getting ready for Season 6 (and the finale), here are more amazing Downton recipes for you to enjoy.
Pear Potato Soup
- 1 Tbsp. butter
- 1 large sweet onion peeled and chopped
- 2 cloves garlic pressed
- 1/2 pound boiling potatoes about 3 medium, peeled and cut into small cubes
- 2 medium carrots cut into small pieces
- 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
- 4 pears cored and cut into 1-inch chunks
- 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
- 1 tsp. freshly ground nutmeg
- 2 tsp. Grey Poupon Dijion Mustard
- 3 cups vegetable or chicken broth
- Creme Fraiche
- Red pepper flakes optional
- In a large pot over medium heat, melt the butter; stir in the onion. Turn the heat down to medium-low, covering the onions. Stir occasionally for about 10 minutes, or until the onions are softened.
- Turn the heat up to medium and stir in the garlic, potato, and carrot. Cover the pot and cook for about 10 minutes.
- Add in the maple syrup, pear, salt, thyme, and nutmeg, stirring gently. Allow to cook on low heat, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes.
- Add in the broth and mustard, bring to a boil, then turn the heat down to low. Cover the pot and let the soup simmer for about 15 minutes or until the potatoes are soft.
- Transfer the soup in batches to a blender (or food processor), and puree for 2-3 minutes until smooth. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve with a spoonful of creme fraiche, a sprinkle of fresh thyme and red pepper flakes.
This post is sponsored by The Downton Abbey Kitchen and Grey Poupon, who also arranged for my travel. We use Grey Poupon in our kitchen; as always, all opinions are my own.