Sunday, November 17, 2013

Homemade Mushroom Soup

The weather was a bit cool today, and after doing a little bit of backyard clean-up, a hot bowl of soup sounded great for lunch.  We decided to make homemade mushroom soup with grilled cheese sandwiches. Yum!

It takes in total about 25 minutes to make this soup- how easy is that? Forget those cans of creamy mushroom blobs and make it from scratch the next time you want it- trust me, you won't be disappointed. 

To start off, cut up mushrooms into pieces and try using a variety of them. I like creminis, button and chanterelles- I used them today. Also cut up 1/2 of a red onion into small diced pieces.  Add 2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil to a non-stick pot and put your onions and mushrooms in.  Add 1/4 tsp of pepper and the same for sea salt.  Then, add thyme. I used about 1 tsp. using thyme from our garden.  Move them around and sautee them on medium heat for about 5 minutes until they soften.  If you'd like a spicier soup,  you can also add a cut up thai chili pepper (or similar hot pepper) and add it into the mixture. You can also add garlic to this soup- garlic and mushrooms go very well together.

Then, add a couple of splashes of red wine vinegar (trust me, it adds a little dimension to the soup so it's not bland), stir everything around, and then add 3/4 of a container of low sodium chicken broth. 

You're almost done.  Mix one can of coconut milk with the rest of the chicken broth and 3 tbsp of flour. I used our Magic Bullet to mix everything together but a covered mason jar would work just as well. Just make sure there are no lumps and everything is mixed well together. 

Reduce the heat and add the coconut milk mixture.  Stir everything together well, then turn the heat back up and get it to boil.  Once you've reached a boil, turn it down and let it simmer.  If you'd like less chunks of mushroom, you can use an immersion blender to puree it a bit.  I like to leave chunks so I don't puree it for more than 60-90 seconds, if at all. 

Taste and add seasonings as you see fit. I like to let it simmer to get the flavours to blend together for about 15 minutes.


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