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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Spring Mushroom Soup with Aromatic Vegetables



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Our normally beautiful spring has been erratic this year. Rain, that should have stopped weeks ago, continues to fall unpredictably and we've been pelted with stinging hail that makes local farmers shudder, and guarantees a late harvest in an area that's dependent on agricultural income and the jobs it provides. Their jobs may appear to be bucolic but they're surely not stress free, or, for that matter, guaranteed. To make matters worse, one of our local TV stations has a maniacal forecaster who, I swear to God, smiles whenever there's bad weather to report. Now I know he's young and been taught to be personable on air, but it gets to be a bit much at times. Were a tidal wave to hit the coast or a comet race towards earth, I'm certain he'd report it with a smile. Normally, at this time of year I've moved on to much lighter fare, but there have been days this spring when that smile of his has warned of weather that's cold and damp enough to warrant a warming soup. While I've drawn a line of sorts in the sand and refuse to make our winter favorites, I have been experimenting with lighter and quicker soups to ease the spring chill. This wonderful soup is an example of that lighter fare. It was inspired by one Emeril Lagasse created for Good Morning America years ago. I really like this and I think those of you who try it will like it, too. It uses a handful of everyday ingredient and can be on the table in an hour or less, depending on your knife skills. No special instructions are required to make this delicious, mostly mushroom soup. Here's the recipe.

Spring Mushroom Soup with Aromatic Vegetables...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite inspired by Emeril Lagasse

Ingredients:
1 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup finely diced smoked bacon
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped carrots
1/2 pound quartered button mushrooms
2 teaspoons minced garlic
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
4 cups chicken stock or canned chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
3/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup frozen green peas
1/4 cup heavy cream

Directions:
1) In a Dutch oven or soup pot, heat butter and oil over medium high heat until hot. Add bacon and cook, stirring, until bacon is crisp and golden brown, about 5 minutes.
2) Add onions, celery, and carrots and cook, stirring, until soft, about 3 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring, until mushrooms release their liquid and have begun to brown around edges, about 5 minutes.
3) Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add flour and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add chicken stock, thyme, salt and pepper and stir to combine.
4) Bring soup to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes.
Remove from heat. Stir in peas and cream and let sit for 5 minutes before serving. Yield: 4 to 6 servings.







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59 comments:

mr. pineapple man said...

looks fantastic! love soup~~ but it already feels like summer!

Claudia said...

We'tr having then same spring. I am into soups and hearty salads - but do not want winter fare. The aromas draw me in - and the vegetables whisper of spring.

yummychunklet said...

I love mushroom soup, and yours is very colorful! I've made Ina Garten's wild mushroom and leek soup, but it's pretty much in the same brown color spectrum. Great post!

The Harried Cook said...

Oh I love soup and especially mushroom soup! I love how colorful and hearty this bowl of soup looks! Yummy... I was hoping & praying for rain in the midst of this heatwave we've been having, and we got fabulous rain last night! :)

A Bitchin' Kitchen said...

Weather has unfortunately been terrible here in Virginia too :(...it has rained for at least a few minutes every day for the past week.

This soup looks fantastic, and nice and healthy!

- Maggie

Alessandra said...

That soup is a complete meal!

I hope that it stops raining, and the weather man becomes more tactful :-)

Have a good week end

ciao
Alessandra

Sunanda said...

This is call 'a bowl full of health' :) Love the creamy color very much..

Sunanda's Kitchen

Treat and Trick said...

Beautiful click and love this yummy and nutritious soup anytime!

Anna A. said...

That spring hail HURTS! I love the idea of aromatic vegetables in this soup. Perfect for those rainy spring nights :- Hope you got some good sun today at least.

dishingthedivine said...

I have been looking for a recipe to use up the huge batch of chicken broth that I just made, along with the miscellaneous veggies that are overflowing my veggie drawer. This sounds perfect! I'll give it a shot and blog it on dishingthedivine if I like it. :)

Red Nomad OZ said...

Not only full of healthy goodness - but delicious AND attractive!

Hope the weekend is kind to you!!

Big Dude said...

I think I would love this soup.

At Anna's kitchen table said...

I simply had to leave you a comment and tell you that apart from looking like a delicious soup - that is one FANTASTIC photo!!!

Angie's Recipes said...

The mushroom soup with lots of veggies tastes the best! So yummy!

Elin said...

Mary, that soup must be flavorful with the aromatic veggies and the herb in this mushroom soup. Roll into spring with this aromatic mushroom soup. I like it and have KIV it for my next soup project :)
have a wonderful weekend,
Elin

Jeannie said...

I seldom see mushroom soups with vegetables in them! This soup of yours looks beautiful! I chuckled at your description of the weather forcaster :P

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

This looks a really nice recipe, book marked for a cooler day. Thanks. Take care Diane

The Café Sucré Farine said...

This looks so yummy and pretty also. I don't think to make soup too often in the spring/summer but you are inspiring me! I did make a soup earlier this spring that was loaded with seasonal veggies and I called it "Spring in a Bowl" - I think your soup might just be a sister to mine!

thecompletecookbook said...

Oh my, what a beautiful soup - I love the bacon added to all the lovely veggies and finished off with cream.
Hope your weather improves soon.
:-) Mandy

Pari said...

We are basking under 43C and spring is long gone away but the soup surely looks very inviting dear.
FOODELICIOUS

meeshiesmom said...

Love mushroom soup and this one really looks good!
Karen

Clint said...

I love mushroom soup, but this definitely "kicks it up another notch".

I also love the television news bimbos who smile as they report a murder. Yegads.

Kim said...

Here too it's really a rainy spring... This soup would be welcome in my house!

Tasha said...

Oh, I'd welcome a little chill to the air where I am! But no matter the weather, this sounds like a delicious soup.

Melynda said...

This soup is just right for the mixed up weather of late. Thyme with the bacon and vegetable make me want to make this soup. Thanks Mary.

June said...

Love mushroom soup and this one does look light and fresh. Hope your weather turns around soon!

Pegasuslegend said...

This really looks wonderful love the color here. It's so wonderful to see the variations you listed to off the read your entries too thanks for being such a great foodie supporter!

dr.antony said...

Looks so rich .As usual,tempting !

Cooking Gallery said...

This looks gorgeous, I almost thought it's potato soup... I love the colourful veggies in the soup, they make the soup look very pretty!

Sutapa said...

It looks divine! I love the combo of bacon and mushroom!

Ana Rita said...

It looks delicious and it's texture so creamy is wonderfull.

Kisses,
Rita

Helene said...

What a nice picture, that looks delicious. I love soups.

Angela said...

Very lovely. I am so tired of the rain and the cold. Summer will get here before spring arrives:(

Joanne said...

I've been moving onto warmer fare whether the weather cooperates or not! This looks like such a delicious soup!

bj said...

ummm...looks so so good. I love soups year 'round.
xo bj

Pondside said...

Soup sounds like a good idea for a cold and rainy Saturday - love mushroom soup!

Rosita Vargas said...

es una sopa muy deliciosa me encanta muy saludable,todo lo que cocinas me encanta,cariños.

Trish said...

Thanks so much for the shout out. Your soup sounds so wonderful. Perfect for these unusually chilly spring days. Have a lovely weekend.

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

Pretty soup, Mary! I love mushroom soup and can only imagine how delicious it will be with delicious spring vegetables.
Enjoy your weekend!

Priya said...

Marvellous soup,wonderful bowl..

Catherine said...

Oh Mary,I would love a cup of that right now. It just looks so inviting. Blessings, Catherine

Maria said...

I adore mushroom soup and you've really made this dish into something so special and delicious!

teresa said...

i love the flavor of mushroom soup, this looks and sounds so good. i love the extra veggies!

That Girl said...

Oh my goodness! It's been raining here too! Glad to hear we're not alone.

Swathi said...

There was a weatherman here in our local tv channel who used to say I can bring rain or wind. Here rain is one thing we are missing now. Yes you are right, if there is hurricane coming weatherman gets excited too much. Spring soup looks awesome perfect. I love mushroom in any form.

Margaret Murphy Tripp said...

Wow, that looks really good. I love a nice bowl of soup on a damp day! I may try this next week. Great post!

Guvi said...

This soup looks so pretty, colourful and inviting and I'd love to have a bowl right now! Have a great weekend!

Monet said...

Soup like this can make any rainy day better. I am bookmarking yet another of your lovely soup recipes! Thank you for sharing with me tonight...I'm sorry I've been gone so long! Your blog continues to bring a smile to my face. I hope you have a blessed Sunday!

Marguerite said...

This soup looks wonderful and I love the combination of veggies and the bacon, too! We have a weather man exactly like yours! He smiles during hurricanes, I kid you not!

angsarap said...

Wow this soup looks so good, I am now drooling just by looking at that photo!

Hovkonditorn said...

I love this soup!

Elaine said...

I love the idea of a lighter spring soup and this one looks wonderful. I chuckled while reading about the tv weatherman - we have a newscaster like that here that delivers the most horrendous news with a smile...reminds me of a recent president of ours. :)

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

LOVE mushroom soup and this one looks like a winner!! Thank you so much, Mary. Hope you have a wonderful Sunday afternoon. blessings ~ tanna

Fiolunka said...

looks so delicious! I love all vegetable soup and your soup make me hungry now :)
Hav a great day :)

manu said...

This soup is so chic!! Have a nice day

Cooking Creation said...

Oh, I love the addition of bacon! This sounds amazing!

Deb in Hawaii said...

This soup sounds so good with the smoky bacon. Love all the veggies in it too. ;-)

Katie Q said...

I tried this today and WOW it was delicious! 10 out of 10! Thanks for posting!

Paula @ Dishing the Divine said...

This is now one of my *favorite* soups. I love it! I changed it up a bit and posted here (with credit to you, of course!): http://www.dishingthedivine.com/2011/06/01/spring-mushroom-soup-with-aromatic-vegetables/

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