Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Cream of Mushroom Soup



We have been having freaky weather of late ... when it's hot, it's scorching ... and when it rains, it pours. Oh yes it does! Not that I am complaining. Not when I have a piping hot bowl of Cream of Mushroom Soup.



This recipe - from Donna Hay - was exactly what I was looking for. It uses only cream and milk, without any need for stock. YES! Finally. :) Easy peasy! The only thing I'd like to add is, if you do not have an immersion handheld blender like me, you can use a food processor to chop up your mushroom to bits (of your desired chunkiness) before cooking.

Tip: To get a varying texture, add the mushrooms into the food processor in 3 batches. By the time the third batch gets chopped up into nice chewy bits, the first batch would have become a smooth puree.



Recipe
(from Donna Hay magazine, and seen at Evan's lovely blog)

- 30g butter
- 1 brown onion, finely chopped
- 500g white button mushrooms, chopped (feel free to use a variety of mushrooms)
- 3 cups milk
- 1/4 cup single or pouring cream
- Sea salt, cracked black pepper
- Shaved parmesan

1. Heat a large saucepan over high heat. Add butter and onion, and sweat the onions. Add mushrooms and cook till the onion is softened, and liquid from the mushrooms is almost gone.

2. Add milk and bring to a boil. Add cream, sea salt and black pepper.

3. Use an immersion handheld blender* to blend soup until desired smoothness is achieved.
If you do not have an immersion blender, use a food processor to chop up your mushrooms to your desired chunkiness before cooking.

4. Ladle into soup bowls and top with cheese & black pepper before serving.

31 comments:

  1. Ju this looks like a lovely lunch....comfort food at its best!
    I just love Donna Hay's recipes!
    Your pics are lovely!
    L~xo

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  2. Yum looks terrific Ju =) And I love the Mushroom bowl for the mushroom soup!

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  3. This soup looks so comforting!! I like the presentation you did. You're so awesome. Did you make the bread?

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  4. This looks fabulous, so comforting! And where did you get those adorable soup mugs? I am starting to think you had to renovate your apartment just to add on a room for all your beautiful plates and things, lol.

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  5. what a cute bowl! where did you get it?

    and I adore mushrooms, though, sadly, no one else in the house does, so I'm going to have to find a private time to eat this delicious-looking soup XD

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  6. Hi! I am not a fan of mushroom...weird I know since I am Chinese and my Hubby-D loves mushroom so I think I may just try this recipe. Thanks.

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  7. I made something like this not long ago using the small portabello mushrooms. I also added chopped shallots to the mix .. delicious.
    We are in winter here and it has been very cold so soup has been on the menu a few times a week :)

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  8. Smooth chunky real stuff over here! I have not done this at home for a long time.

    I grew up with the Campbell version. Now,
    your kids must be lucky...lucky lucky lucky...(in the rhythm and lyrics of Kylie Minogue)

    :p

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  9. Looks very delicious...thick and creamy. My children would love this with crusty bread. They love thick soup while I prefer clear soup. Wonder where did they get that from...how weird! Now I think they are training me these days...haha

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  10. Aww I have that exact same soup bowl!! And all the ones to go with it! So cute!

    Yummy soup!

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  11. What a lovely little soup cup!

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  12. Hi! Ju, It's me again. Yummy mushroom soup, gotta gv this a try, just want to check where can I get the single or pouring cream? What kind of milk shall I use? UHT or fresh milk? Since I don't hv an immersion blender, will use my electronic blender to blend the mushroom before I cook is that right.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe.
    Christina Poh

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  13. They do look very lovely in that soup mug. I really thought you've adapted the recipe given on the mug!

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  14. This just reminds me that I haven't made soup all winter. Looks nice!

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  15. How cute is that soup bowl? :)

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  16. I love that you are making all these beautiful soups in SG... are you having them in air con room?

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  17. There is really nothing like fresh, thick home-made mushroom soup, the can stuff really sucks!

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  18. Ooh Ju,
    I love Cream of Mushrooms! I can't remember when was the last time I made mine! I missed cream of mushroom soup! :p

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  19. So comforting! It's been a long time since I made any "thick" soup.

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  20. Agreed~Putting in variety of Mushroom will give more aroma to the soup...Love your presentation, a perfect match with the bread!

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  21. Ju, your cream of mushroom looks REALLY good!! So thick, full of goodness!! Love the specks in the soup! Good stuff! Never thought of serving it with Parmesan though.

    Wait till I blog about mine ...

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  22. Ju, all time hot favourite with my kids. Just wondering how many serving from this recipe?

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  23. Your mushroom soup is so smooth and creamy!

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  24. I can almost taste it just by looking at the photos! ALMOST! Such a teaser!! I love your tip about blending it in 3 batches! Now, why haven't I thought of that before! Thanks!

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  25. Ottima questa zuppa, le tue foto sempre piu' belle.Brava, un abbraccio Daniela.

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  26. just subscribed to your blog!Love all the recipes!gonna take time to go through the recipes.Thanksss!!

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  27. haha...my gandma has the exact same cup/bowl as you!! Only hers looks really old, and I'm not sure if the words on it are still legible.....
    I love cream of mushroom soup! I've never made it before though....haha This looks really yummy though =] Why don't you want a recipe with stock?? I avoid them because we never buy stock and making it seems really time consuming =D

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  28. I love your soup bowl, it looks so cute...!:)

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  29. My word, I do believe your cream of mushroom soup deserves to be called KING of mushroom soup! It looks really good! For a moment there, I thought you got the recipe off the mug :P

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