Roasted Chesnut and Pear Stuffing

Roasted chestnut and pear stuffing

Recipe by Chef Emily Richards

Location: Guelph, ON
Servings: 6 - 8 people
Preparation time: 90 minutes

Chef Emily Richards
Chef Emily Richards


  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 large pears, cored and chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 each carrot and celery stalk, chopped
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) chopped fresh sage or 2 tsp (10 mL) dried sage leaves
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) dried thyme leaves
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) each salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) canola oil
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) butter
  • 6 cups (1.5 L) chopped bread (mixture of white, whole wheat or whole grain)
  • 1 cup (250 mL) roasted chestnuts, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) low sodium vegetable broth
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) chopped fresh parsley


 Preheat oven to 400ºF (200ºC). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. When it comes to baking, KitchenAid® Ranges with Even-Heat™ True Convection are a great choice.

In a large bowl, toss together garlic, pears, onion, carrot, celery, sage, thyme, salt and pepper with oil to coat. Spread onto prepared sheet. Roast for 30 minutes or until golden and tender.
Meanwhile, melt butter over medium-high heat in a large nonstick skillet. Add bread and toast, stirring constantly about 4 minutes or until lightly golden.

Return vegetables to large bowl and stir in toasted bread, chestnuts, parsley and 1 cup (250 mL) of the broth. Spread into a sprayed baking dish (about 11 x 7 inch), and drizzle remaining broth all over. Cover with foil and return to oven for 30 minutes or until heated through.

Tip: For a crisp topped stuffing, remove foil for the last 10 minutes or baking.

To make ahead: place in baking dish and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Bake in 350ºF (180ºC) oven for about 45 minutes or until heated through. A KitchenAid® Refrigerator with an undershelf prep zone is perfect for making this dish ahead.
Roasting Chestnuts: You will need at least 8 oz (250 g) of fresh chestnuts for this recipe. Cut an X in the rounded side of the chestnuts and place on baking sheet. Roast in 400ºF (200ºC) oven for about 30 minutes or until tender and golden on the inside. Let cool slightly and using a tea towel, break skin and peel off. If you end up roasting extra you can freeze them to make the recipe again another time! Or enjoy the roasted chestnuts as a snack. No time to roast chestnuts? Look for roasted chestnuts in small bags in the produce or international aisle of the grocery store. You will need 2 (100 g each) bags for the recipe.

Nutrition Facts

Per serving (215 g)
Calories: 230

  • Fat: 11 g (Saturated: 1 g)
  • Carbohydrates: 26 g
  • Fibre: 3 g
  • Sugars: 12 g
  • Protein: 8 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 320 mg
  • Potassium: 400 mg
  • Calcium: 100 mg
  • Iron 1.25 mg

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