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Cherry Soup

Cherry Soup 4.000
Jun 16, 2009

The recipe is a stripped-down version of soup that is sometimes served in Hungarian restaurants.

Feel free to serve it chunky or pureed.

Make Ahead: The soup needs to be refrigerated for at least several hours or overnight.

Servings: 4 - 6 first-course
  • 2 pounds fresh sweet or sour cherries, stemmed
  • 2 cups water
  • 10 teaspoons to 1/4 cup sugar (see directions)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice (may substitute 3 or 4 strips of lemon zest)
  • 1 cup dry red wine


Wash and pit the cherries; place them in a large saucepan along with the water, sugar (if using sweet cherries, use 10 teaspoons; if using sour cherries, use 1/4 cup), cinnamon stick and lemon juice. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar; then reduce the heat to medium-low and cook (uncovered) for 15 minutes, stirring often.

Add the wine, stir to combine. Remove from the heat; discard the cinnamon stick. Taste and add a small amount of sugar as needed.

Reserve a small amount of the cooked cherries, to be added later for texture.

Use an immersion (stick) blender to puree the remaining cherries, or transfer them to a blender and puree until smooth. Strain, if desired. Transfer to a container with a tight-fitting lid; add the reserved cherries.

Cover and refrigerate the soup for several hours or overnight. Serve cold.

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From New Yorker Clarice Borio.

Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving (based on 6, using sweet cherries): 167

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 0g 0%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 0mg 0%

Total Carbohydrates: 36g 12%

Dietary Fiber: 3g 12%

Sugar: 27g

Protein: 2g

Calories per serving (based on 6, using sour cherries): 153

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 0g 0%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 5mg 0%

Total Carbohydrates: 31g 10%

Dietary Fiber: 3g 12%

Sugar: 22g

Protein: 2g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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