Sunday, 13 June 2010

Mushroom Soup

I needed a quick serve yourself dinner. For me soup always seems to fill this gap. Just add some fresh bread and a meal is served or in this case some savoury wholemeal scones. I had a box of mushrooms needed using up and also, by careless internet shopping, a huge jar of dried porcini mushrooms. A lovely thick soup, this was delicious and made enough for another day. I love a 'raid the fridge' soup. Just add a dollop of imagination. A little cheese and fruit for afters makes sure the tummies are full.


About 500g mushrooms – Dried porcini mushrooms are lovely here adding depth of flavour
25g - 50gms/1-2 ozs butter
2 tbsp olive oil
1 leek, sliced
1 small potato, peeled and diced
1 large onion, peeled and chopped
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 litre/2.2 pints vegetable or chicken stock if using dried mushrooms include the soaking water
100ml/31/2 fluid ounces double cream
1 tbsp chopped parsley
A good pinch of cayenne pepper
Soak the dried mushrooms if using

Melt the butter in a pan with the olive oil, then add the garlic, onion, leek, potato and cayenne pepper.

Let the vegetables sweat for a few minutes

Clean and chop the mushrooms, then add to the vegetable base to cook through.

Pour in enough vegetable stock to cover the ingredients. Simmer for 10 minutes.

Use a stick blender or transfer the soup to a blender.

Blend the soup to a smooth creamy consistency.

Bring back to just the boil

Season the soup with salt and pepper and add a good glug of cream.

Pour into bowls and garnish with parsley and some more cream


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

So flavorful! That soup sounds and looks delicious! I always keep a bag of dried Porcini in my cupboard...



manu said...

Ciao, I love soups even if it's summer! I've just made a tomato and peppers soup, delicious! You're pic is wonderful!Good night

Anonymous said...

I've just recently made mushroom soup from a taste memory of the perfect mushroom soup I had when I was 18 in Mallorca!! It was pretty good if I do say so myself, but I like your addition of cayenne- I think I will try that next time.
Yours looks delicious BTW. x

Brownieville Girl said...

"careless internet shopping" LOL!!!
- most of mine is on amazon.

Your soup looks fantastic - mushroom is my favourite.

Rhyleysgranny said...

Rosa - I love them too. I use them to make risotto.

Manu - I love the sound of tomato and pepper soup.It's great to experiment with ingredients.

Emmaline - I had soup in a restaurant years ago and enquired as to what the 'bite' in it was. The chef told me cayenne. I've been adding it to soup ever since.

BVG - Well everything is visual to me. I had no idea 500gms would come in a shop size sweetie jar LOL. I'll be using them for ages

Joy said...

Lovely! I put a link on my facebook Comfort Food page. :)

Rhyleysgranny said...

Joy - Thank you. Funny I just put this on face book for the first time!

JillyB said...

I love mushroom soup and I like the way yours has texture. I could eat a bowl of it right now!

Grannymar said...

I love making mushroom soup, yours has a nice twist to it so I will certainly give it a whirl!

Anna said...

Brenda, your mushroom soup looks gorgeous - can you believe I've never made mushroom soup, I'll have to give it a go!

À LA GRAHAM said...

My kind of soup...looks amazing! So glad I found your blog...can't wait to go through all your recipes!

BetterLate said...

Mmm, delicious - and if you have no cream when you "need" to cook such a soup - cream isn't something I tend to have "just by chance" - I find that using half stock/half milk as the cooking liquid gives a nice soup.

Bridgett said...

I can just imagine the rich porcini flavor this gorgeous soup must have. What a wonderful recipe.

kenju said...

Thank you so much for the visit and lovely comments, and for following my blog.

I love mushroom soup, but I've never had a good homemade one. I'll try this!!

kenju said...

Thanks for the visit today. Re your comment: the photo in the middle was taken in the 40's, not the 20's.

Gloria said...

I love this soup Brena, I love all vegetables soup, look ice, xxx gloria