Makes 4 to 5 servings.
- 2 large (about 1 lb.) pears, ripe and fragrant pears work best
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 piece (8 oz. round or wedge) brie, chilled
Peel the pears. Remove the seeds and cut into thick slices. Put chicken broth and pears in a medium-sized heavy pot and simmer 15 minutes or until the pears are very soft. Transfer the pears and broth to a food processor and process until very smooth. Return purée to the pot and bring to a simmer.
Trim the rind from the brie and cut the cheese into small pieces. Slowly add the cheese to the pears and broth and stir with a wooden spoon until melted. The soup should be creamy and smooth. Garnish with diced pears, if desired.