Mushroom and garlic soup

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Mushroom and garlic soup
Mushroom and garlic soup
Mushroom soup, even fully blended, it has plenty of texture.
Servings:Serves 8
Calories per serving:199
Ready in:1 hour, 20 minutes
Prep. time:45 minutes
Cook time:35 minutes
Difficulty:Average difficulty
Recipe author:Chef
First published:24th December 2012
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2 kg of unwashed mushrooms

While everyone else seems to be cooking Christmas dinner, we're making mushroom soup on an industrial scale thanks to Kentdown Mushroom Farm who, via a friend of ours, provided a few kilograms of free mushrooms - soup it is then.

Most of the recipes seem to use cream, but this soup turned out to be fantastically rich and creamy and only used full cream milk and vegetable stock.

We made two batches with slightly different ingredients, this was the best one.

Ingredients

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Method

  1. Heat the butter, olive oil in a large pan and add a big pinch of black pepper.
  2. Turn the heat down quite low and gently sauté the onions for 15 minutes - adding the crushed garlic for the last 5 minutes. Meanwhile...
  3. Wash the mushrooms - best practice suggests brushing mushrooms, that might be fine for a handful, but we had 2 kilograms to clean! The water in the bucket we used to wash the mushrooms was very black and mucky afterwards.
  4. Lay them out on tea-towels to dry a little before slicing them finely in a food processor.
  5. Add the mushrooms to the cooked onions, stir well and simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. If you are going to keep some of the sliced mushrooms back to add after blending for a chunkier soup, reserve a ladle-full of them at this stage.
  7. Temporarily remove from the heat and sprinkle all of the flour over the mushroom mixture, stirring all the while to make a roux.
  8. Add the milk and vegetable stock and mix well.
  9. Bring to the boil, lower the heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes stirring now and then.
  10. Allow to cool for 5 minutes and then in small batches, carefully blend in a food processor.
  11. Add any reserved mushrooms back at this stage, reheat and serve immediately with crusty bread and a sprinkle of fresh herbs.

Recipe source

  • A composite of ideas taken from four cookbooks including The New Covent Garden Soup Company's "Book of Soups", ISBN 075220503X and Debra Mayhew's "The Soup Bible", ISBN 0760790450

Variations

On one batch we reserved a ladle of sliced mushrooms and added them back after the blending, the other was fully blended. Both had a lovely texture, worlds apart from tinned soup.

Chef's notes

This freezes very well. Ladle the cold soup into plastic bags on a large tray and carefully freeze the whole tray, sealing the bags up once fully frozen.

See also

  • Kentdown Mushroom Farm, Scudders Hill, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8PA. Tel: 01474 703 164 - 01474 703191

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