Friday, September 28, 2012

Homemade Mushroom Soup

It's fall and you know what that means....bring on the soup!!  Since we had to have something that we could eat while in front of the tv in order to watch the Emmy's (clearly) I thought I would scour Pinterest for the litany of soup recipes I have been pinning since the last time the high was in the 60's!

Here is to the many soups to come and to favorite season!

Homemade Mushrooms Soup
2 cups fresh mushrooms - cleaned and chopped finely 
(I used a mix of swiss brown and white button)
1 tbsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic - chopped
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 - 2 bay leaf
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 cup chicken or vegetable stock
1 tbsp flour dissolved in 1 tbsp water
Salt to taste
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup milk
Dash of nutmeg
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
Fresh parsley or thyme for garnish

Heat olive oil in a sauce pan. Add butter and lightly sauté garlic on medium heat.
Add in mushrooms, thyme, bay leaf and Worcestershire sauce. 
Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, or until the moisture from the mushrooms disappears.  Add in chicken broth. Stir occasionally until broth boils, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
Add diluted flour in, and stir constantly (while simmering) until the mixture thickens. Season with salt and nutmeg. Taste and adjust seasoning.  Finally, add milk and heavy cream, and bring to a simmer. Turn heat off.  Serve hot in your soup bowl. Add freshly ground black pepper. Garnish with fresh parsley or thyme if you have them on hand. 
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