If you know me, you’ll know I don’t like soup. Seriously. Considering the number of soups I make I know it’s hard to believe, but it’s true. If I wanted to sip hot liquids I would rather have a cup of tea. Blended soups, however, are a different story. To me they’re like hot, savoury pudding. Plus they look uber-fancy when in reality they’re not, which is a good way to easily impress your dinner guests.
I do like mushrooms, however, and I like garlic. If you like mushrooms as well, perhaps you will enjoy this.
This one I made up, having never made soup with mushrooms before in my life. But it turned out okay. The Pie doesn’t like mushrooms all that much, so I don’t have any real objective feedback at the moment, but I will shunt some of this off to The Lady Downstairs (Kª) and see what she and Kº and Il Principe think.
Slice up about a pound or some other ridiculous amount of mushrooms. Don’t worry about getting them too thin – after you sauté them you’ll be mushing them up anyway.
Melt a bit of butter in a pan and add a drop of olive oil to keep the butter from burning. Sauté up your mushrooms. I did it in three batches, because if I’ve learned anything from watching Julie & Julia, it’s that butter is one of the greatest innovations known today, and that you don’t crowd the mushrooms.
While you’re at it, why don’t you go ahead and sauté up a sliced onion?
In a pot, bring about 4 cups of stock to a boil. I used chicken broth, but of course you can use vegetable stock as well.
Plop in your mushrooms, onion, and a couple heads’ worth of roasted garlic. Splash in some red or white wine and leave to simmer for about half an hour.
Remove from heat and allow to cool. Using an immersion blender, food processor, or stand blender, blend your soup until you have a fine mushy mass. I love my immersion blender. My mother calls it the ‘brzzht’, because that’s the noise it makes. She’s an artist.
Pour in whipped cream or coconut milk as desired and heat to serve.
Then you eat it!
*** EDIT: Kª called it a ‘soup-tasm.’ I’m not sure I want to know. ***