Monday, February 13, 2012

Mushroom Soup

I was cruising the internet for a mushroom soup recipe the other night, and came across this one based on a recipe from Anthony Bourdain's Les Halles cookbook. Normally I wouldn't think a fancy French soup recipe would fit the bill for an easy weeknight meal, but the poster said Bourdain said this was "the easiest recipe in the book", so I decided to give it a go. And I must say, it is nothing if not easy. Very few ingredients, hardly any prep, and a delicious soup at the end. I'd say it's a keeper!

Mushroom Soup

1 - 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 -3 Tbsp Butter, or More Olive Oil, or Earth Balance
1 Onion, thinly sliced
12 oz. Mushrooms, white, crimini, or a combination, halved
4 Cups Broth, Veggie or Chicken
1 Sprig Parsley
2 oz. Dry Sherry
Salt and Pepper to Taste (I ended up not using any, and the soup was delicious!)

Heat 2 tsp each olive oil and butter, or 4 tsp olive oil, in a soup pot over medium heat. Add the sliced onion and cook until soft but not brown, 6 minutes or so. Add another tablespoon (or more) of butter, oil, or a combination, then add the mushrooms. Cook until they have released their liquid and it is starting to cook off, about 8 minutes.

Add in the broth and parsley. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and simmer for one hour. Blend with an immersion blender (or in a regular blender) until smooth. Stir in the dry sherry and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve and enjoy!

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