Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Mushroom and Potato Soup


The wet, dreary weather over the weekend saw the return of soup to the Ladybird household. I chose to use the ingredients I had on hand to make a comforting a nutritious soup. It's packed with mushrooms - one of my very favourite vegetables. Not only are mushrooms packed with B vitamins, but they are also high in particular antioxidants.


Mushroom & Potato Soup
An original Ladybird recipe

Ingredients
2 tbsp olive oil
1 brown onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
2 large sebago potatoes (400g), peeled and diced
250g swiss brown mushrooms*
250g button mushrooms*
1 tsp fresh, picked thyme leaves (plus extra to garnish)
1 bay leaf
5 cups vegetable stock
1/2c thickened cream
salt and pepper, to taste
* rinsed and patted dry with paper towel, then sliced (no need to peel)

Method
1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat and add the onion, garlic, thyme and bay leaf. Saute for about 5 minutes, or until the onion softens.
2. Stir in the potato and cook for 5 minutes.
3. Turn the heat up to high and add the mushrooms and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season well.


4. Add the stock and bring to the boil, then reduce to medium heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
5. Blend (I use a stick blender) until smooth, and season further if required.
6. Stir in the cream, and voila, tasty soup is ready! Serve in bowls garnished with fresh thyme, along with some crusty bread.


All in all a delicious and quick soup, and satisfying to create something with the most basic of ingredients. Soups are great like that, you can use whatever you have a create a wholesome meal out of it!


Love,

Ladybird x

12 comments:

  1. Oh what is happening with our weather? I thought we were in Spring before! What a great comforting dish! :)

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  2. I love mushrooms too!! I've never tried making mushroom soup before though =) This looks really good though! The food I make doesn't really reflect the weather patterns that much (probably because I mostly make desserts) so luckily, the weather hasn't had much affect on me =D

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  3. I love soup weather! And this would sound fantastic on a great fall day like we're having!

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  4. crazy rainy weather makes this soup perfect! i ♥ mushrooms!

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  5. Good one - I absolutely adore mushroom soup, but can't be bothered peeling and slicing all those mushies. That's why I buy it for lunch. And yes, there's a few more soup days left, I think :)

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  6. ohoh, mushrooms soup? I cannot resist! I can nearly smell your delicious soup!!
    I had no idea the brown mushroom were called Swiss button mushrooms! In French, we call button mushrooms "Champignons de Paris" (Mushrooms from Paris)!!

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  7. The fresh mushrooms look almost as pretty as your plated dish. I think I can nearly smell it too!

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  8. man if only i have a bowl of this this morning! i adore mushrooms...need to put this on to-make list now :)

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  9. Anything with mushrooms equals instant love for me! I'll miss this type of food with the warmer weather.

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