Mmm mmm mmm, I love me some soup on a rainy fall day. A storm blew through our town in the last two days, so I had to whip up one of my favorites: white bean with bacon soup. It’s scrumdillyumtious and perfect on a fall day.
It’s been raining off and on for days around here. That pitter patter on the roof every night puts me in the mood for tasty soups! Yesterday I made this delicious version of Wild Mushroom Bisque. In the past, I’ve called this Cream of Wild Mushroom soup, but since it’s puréed, I’m getting all fancy on ya and calling it a ‘Bisque’.
I’m one of those people who gets a craving, then has to run to the store just to grab the ingredients. It’s a bad habit, one I refuse to break. The other day, I was craving homemade creamy mushroom soup, so I whipped up a batch of this yumminess.
Wild Mushroom Bisque
2 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp butter
2 medium shallots, thinly diced
20 oz. of a medley of cleaned, trimmed, and sliced mushrooms
(I used 8 oz. button mushrooms, 6 oz. portabella, 6 oz. shiitake mushrooms, but you can substitute oyster, crimini, porcini, whatever is available.)
1 cup dry sherry
2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
½ tsp tarragon
2 ½ cups half and half
½ tsp white pepper
Salt to taste
Sauté diced shallots in butter and olive oil mixture over medium heat for 2-3 minutes, add sliced mushrooms and sauté 3-4 more minutes to soften, stirring frequently. Add dry sherry to mixture and bring to a low boil. Reduce liquid on low boil for 8-10 minutes, stirring frequently. Add chicken (or vegetable) broth and tarragon, bring to low boil, then simmer on low another 8-10 minutes, reduce heat. Fully purée mixture in a blender, or with an immersion blender.
Return to soup pot, then add half and half, pepper, and salt to taste, reheat on stovetop on medium for 5 minutes, do not boil or burn. Serve hot with croutons & shaved parmesan, crackers or crunchy sourdough. Serves 6.
Are you like me? Is the first question you ask when you sit down at a restaurant, "What’s your soup of the day?" That’s always my first question, especially when it’s cold outside. I’m a soup lover, a lover of soup. A super soupy lover.
Sunday was our first rain of the season. After my mad dash in my pajamas to drag the outdoor cushions into the garage, I smelled that smell. You know the one: First Rain. That first rain of the season that makes the earth smell so good you wish someone bottled it. There’s got to be a candle somewhere called "First Rain", anyone know where I can get it? In my world, rain goes hand in hand with hearty soup.
There’s this Italian restaurant in my town that makes the best minestrone soup I’ve ever had. When I was a working girl, and felt myself coming down with a sore throat, I would phone in an order of a large minestrone and pick it up on my way home from work. It always brought me back to life and saved me from the impending ailment. In fact, my husband and I joke that this restaurant’s minestrone is so good, it can cure anything. So I set my sights on capturing the same flavor at home, and this quick and easy version certainly tastes just like it.
Personally, what I love about this minestrone is there is no pasta in the recipe. Even with my Italian grandmother’s blood pulsing through my veins, I’ve finally come to terms with the absolute fact that I’d rather skip those mini shell pastas in my minestrone. And I must have rich tomato flavor. And white beans. And hearty fresh squash. And fresh shaved parmesan. And crusty bread. Nuff said.
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