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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Chew on This | Creamy Mushroom Soup

We woke up this morning to a very light blanket of snow on the ground. Not an entirely uncommon thing to happen in April around here. The kids, however, were quite surprised and exclaimed again and again how Winter had been more like Spring and that Spring was shaping up to be more like Winter. 

One day of snow in April will do that to you. You know, keep you guessing. Wondering, questioning if Spring will ever come to stay at last. I'm not too worried. Spring teases us, often, but always shows up. 

So while Winter returned to entertain our visual senses today, I entertained our tastebuds with a warm and very, very simple, super healthy Creamy Mushroom Soup. Minus the cream. There's no cream. Ha! Just mushroom goodness with herby friends. 

My non-eating mushroom children flipped for this soup. No surprise there, this soup is tasty!
Give it a whirl!


Here's our recipe:

Creamy Mushroom Soup
2-3 T olive oil
1 shallot, finely diced
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
1 t salt (more to taste)
1/4 t pepper
1/2 - 3/4 t dried thyme
1/4 t dried rosemary
20 ounces mushrooms, cleaned, trimmed and quartered 
*32 ounces chicken stock (or vegetable stock)

In a large stock pot, warm your oil over medium heat. Add your shallot, garlic, salt and pepper to the pot. Allow shallots to soften, about 3 minutes, and then add your thyme and rosemary. When the thyme and rosemary hit the heat, stir to incorporate the wonderful fragrance and flavor. Now add your mushrooms and turn up the heat. Let the mushrooms sauté in all the goodness for about five minutes, stirring often. Add your chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and allow soup to simmer for about 20-25 minutes. When ready, take the pot off the heat and use an immersion blender to puree the soup until smooth (use a regular blender, working in batches, if you don't have an immersion blender). Serve soup with a swirl of plain yogurt and chopped chives. Delicious!

*Use vegetable stock in place of the chicken stock and you've got yourself a yummy vegan dish!

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