Saturday, April 13, 2013

Creamy Mushroom Soup

Cold weather calling dish. Of course, when weather is cold, don't you think we yearn for a bowl of hot piping soup? Of course. Any kinda of soup by far will be good for warmth and the list is endless. So many times of soups we can make and if we are speaking about simplicity, then we must refer to those light soups (Mixed Vegetable Soup, Corn SoupTomato Spinach Soup & Lentil Vegetable Soup) & or even Chinese soups (Chinese Chicken Herbal Soup & Burdock Root Soup) in which whatever ingredients you prefer can go in (Chicken Vegetable Soup & Vietnamese Fish Soup) and all you got to do is slow simmering. This Creamy Mushroom Soup on the other hand is not the same (Tom Kha Gai & Onion Soup). First we sweat/saute garlic, shallots and mushrooms in butter. Next is pouring water and then pulsing/blending these ingredients, before pouring back into the pot for simmering and adding milk, salt and pepper for this Western style creamy soup. Of course toast will be good for a complete, wholesome meal. Recipe for toast is attached as well. Butter, rosemary and garlic toast for dipping into this thick, creamy and absolutely favourable mushroom (Mushroom Veggie Burger & Mushroom Rolls) soup. Fab right?   

For soup
1 tin/can of mushrooms (drain the water)
3 garlic - sliced
3 shallots - sliced
2 tbsp butter
2-3 cups of water
1/4 cup evaporated milk
Pepper and salt for taste

For toast
1 standard size baguette - slice into medium size pieces
2 tbsp butter
6 garlic - chopped
2 sprigs fresh rosemary - remove leaves from stems and bruise
For soup
Sauté garlic and shallots in butter. 
Put in mushrooms, stir for 2-3 minutes.
Pour 2-3 cups of water (depending on how thick you like the soup to be)
Cook till mushrooms are softened.
Remove from heat.
Cool it down before puréeing/pulsing/blending
Pour back soup in pot and simmer.
Pour 1/4 cup evaporated milk
Season with pepper and salt 

For toast
Mix butter, garlic and rosemary.
Spread on one side of baguette slices.
Bake at 175C for 10 mins till toast is crispy and golden brown in color.

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