Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Wild Mushroom Soup


In winter, we keep a pretty good stock of soup in the freezer. It's just so nice to be able to warm up on a crisp day with a bowl of your favourite... which is why at any given time we usually have at least three varieties in the freezer to choose from, and why we keep them in individual portions. They make for a far more enjoyable, much more filling, and just as easy lunch to take to work than cuppa soups!

Last week I opened the freezer to find that our stocks were running low and I went to replenish them... but I was plagued by indecision! I couldn't decide between Wild Mushroom, Thai Sweet Potato or Cullen Skink. So I put it to a vote; I asked the lovely people who follow me on Twitter or my Facebook page to decide for me. The people voted, and Mr E and I soon had a freezer full of Wild Mushroom soup! I'm pretty sure the others will follow soon though...

Wild Mushroom Soup
Serves 4-6

Ingredients
600g fresh wild mushrooms (any combination), sliced
25g dried porcini
1 litre chicken stock
1 tspn garlic, minced (about 2 cloves)
1 large onion, finely chopped
25g butter
Handful of fresh thyme, leaves only
2 tblspns mascarpone
Salt and pepper, to season
Chives, to garnish

Directions
1) In a small bowl, cover the porcini with boiling water and leave to soak according to the packet instructions (usually about 20 minutes).

2) In a very large saucepan, heat 2 tblspns olive oil until very hot. Add the fresh mushrooms and toss for one minute.

3) Add in the garlic, onion, butter, thyme, salt and pepper and stir for another minute. When you start to see some of the moisture creeping out of the mushrooms, and they have softened a little, strain the porcini mushrooms (keeping the liquid aside) and add them to the pan, stirring for another minute. If you would like some mushrooms to sprinkle on the soup as a garnish, remove one or two at this point.

4) Now add the liquid from your porcinis to the pan, bring to a very gentle simmer and cook for 10 minutes.

5) Next, add your stock and bring to the boil. Reduce to a gentle simmer for 20 minutes.

6) Using an immersion blender, or transferring to a food processor, blend the soup to your desired consistency- we like it almost completely smooth with only a few flecks.

7) Add in the mascarpone, check the seasoning, and stir until completely combined.

Serve with a small dollop of mascarpone and some chives sprinkled on top (and a few of the pan fried mushrooms, if you kept any aside!).


6 comments:

  1. We love mushrooms even my little one. Your soup looks so good. I hope that you will share again on Thursdays Treasures. Link will be open at 8pm tonight.

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  2. I'm always looking for new soup recipes to try in the fall and winter. This looks great! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!

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    1. Thanks for hosting, Ashley! It's a fun party!

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  3. Oh, Rhona,
    I love mushroom and have never had them in a soup other than Campbell's Condensed Mushroom when using it in a recipe. Your soup looks wonderful for a cold winter's day! On my to-do list! Thanks for bringing it to our Wicked Good Wednesday Party!

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    1. Lynn you are too sweet; I just realised you have stopped by every post that I linked up! I hope you like the soup if you do try it! Thanks for hosting a fab party :)

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