Sunday, March 3, 2013

Portobello Mushroom Soup




There are many variations of mushroom soup recipes. Some recipes use thick cream, some add flour, different kind of mushrooms so on and so forth. I had tried many of these variations previously and they were generally all easy and good  recipes. You just cannot go wrong with mushroom soup.

I decided to make my version without any cream or milk for the recent Valentine's Day dinner, just good basic pure mushroom soup. This mushroom soup has a wonderful flavour and  a few drops of truffle oil on top adds a luxurious touch to the whole dining experience.


Ingredients (Serves 4 small portions)

Olive oil
300 g Portobello mushrooms (clean and sliced)
1 clove garlic, peeled and finely sliced
1 onion (peeled and finely chopped)
1 handful fresh thyme (leaves picked)
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
0.5 litre chicken or vegetable stock
1 handful fresh flat-leaf parsley (leaves picked and roughly chopped)
1 tablespoon mascarpone cheese
truffle oil


Method

Heat up a large casserole-type pan over medium heat. Add olive oil and fresh portobello mushrooms. Stir around very quickly for a minute. Add garlic, onion and thyme and a small amount of seasoning.

Continue to saute the mushroom for another minute with moisture cooking out from the mushroom.  Carry on cooking for about 10-15 minutes or until most of the moisture disappears.

Season to taste, and add your stock. Bring to the boil and simmer for around 15 minutes.

Using a handheld blender, whiz up the soup to a purée. Add the parsley and mascarpone, and seasoning carefully to taste. Soup is ready.

Drizzle drops of truffle oil just before serving.








50 comments:

  1. Alvin, that sounds like a delicious mushroom soup! I prefer it this way, without cream. I usually use portobello in omelettes. Should try your soup :)In bigger portions of course heh..heh...

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    1. Yes.. I actually thought of you and your previous comments about my serving portions when I was writing this post. Haha...

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  2. Oh yes indeed this is a healthy soup....I just loves anything mushroom soup. Nowadays the "C" brand mushroom soup getting more and more salty. So good to have this homemade.

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    1. Hi Mel! Everything homemade is definitely better.

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  3. I love mushrooms so much that I sometimes think that I can live with mushrooms (all kinds!) without meat. BUT I still love meat too much that I know I cannot become completely vegetarian but mushrooms give really nice fulfilling textures and flavors. This soup looks delicious! I need to get truffle oil too.

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    1. HI Nami! I would say balance of protein, carbo and vegetable is really key to a good meal besides the taste and presentation.

      Ya, I encourage you to get a bottle. It elevates any simple dishes to a luxurious class.

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  4. Ooooo...my daughter's favourite - mushrooms. Portobello, yummmm!!!! Can't get them here - maybe I can try with some other mushrooms. Don't think she's a fan of shitake though - we have those here, fresh ones.

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    1. Yes Arthur, you can use any other fresh mushrooms. Try it!

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  5. Lovely soup and truffle oil always adds a touch of luxury to dishes. :)

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  6. Hi Alvin, your comfort soup look awesome. I bring French loaf to go with your mushroom soup. :) I like your soup bowl.

    Have a nice weekend.

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    1. Welcome welcome Amelia!

      Thanks! I have a soft spot for beautiful tableware (and kitchenware?!)... Wife is always complaining whenever I bought new "toys" home...

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  7. The quality of your blog speaks well for how you would feed people in your restaurant. One day it will come your way.

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  8. Hey Chef! I've never tried adding mascarpone onto mushroom soup....sounds like very good idea...will have to try this way too:) Like Amelia....I also like the uniqueness of your soup bowl:)

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    1. Thanks Annie! Try it and let me know your feedback.

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  9. I just love the soup bowl ! Of course , the mushroom soup as well lol Simple yet full of flavor !

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  10. Hi Alvin,

    Your soup bowl is so big but you are serving so little soup! This small amount of felicious soup wouldn't be enough for me :p

    Zoe

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    1. Haha Zoe! I agree the portion is small if you are having the soup as a one-dish meal. But I made this as part of a 4-course dinner... As such, I deliberately reduced the serving size... :D

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  11. I adore the pairing of mushrooms and thyme! This looks so rich and wonderful!!!

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  12. Your portion is not enough for me lol! A full bowl would be just right:D

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    1. Ok Jeannie... Got it.... Will serve you a big bowl the next time... :D

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  13. I would have guessed that you used Truffle Oil from the picture. I would have used some truffle oil too if i plan to make a mushroom soup myself. yummy yummy

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    1. Hi Eiling! Use it sparingly and it would enhance the flavour of the food... too much would kill it.

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  14. Portobello is definitely in my top ingredients list & I adore a piping hot portobello soup. Top with truffle oil?? More for me pleeeeeese!!

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  15. This is definitely a healthier soup without the cream, but looks creamy enough to me anyhow. Portebello is my favourite mushroom and I am sure it is very flavourful in a soup.

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    1. Hi Mich! Yes indeed... If you have the chance, try making this soup. It's really quite straight forward to make.

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  16. No potato to thicken it up? I must try your recipe, sounds yumm!

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    1. HI Esther, nope for this recipe. Try it pls. :D

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  17. Oh truffle oil over nutty musky portabella mushroom soup...mmmm! It's definitely a lovely starter dish! Thumbs up !

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  18. a mushroom soup from scratch cannot be anything but delicious! ^^ yums!

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    1. Thanks Hui! Anything made with love will be delicious!

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  19. hi chef, i recently make some mushroom soup..actually it was my first time making mushroom soup and was very happy how it turned out. Quite similar to your recipe too, except that i used a combination of mushrooms and without the mascarpone.

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    1. Hi Lena! Congratulations on your successful first attempt! You should share it with all of us... :)

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  20. this is my kind of recipe.. need to hurry and try it before the hot weather comes around... if I can't find portobello mushrooms, what other kind could i use?

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    1. Hi Anna! You could use any other mushrooms...

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  21. I love mushroom soup and these looks delicious! I could happily finish two bowls of this! Yum!

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  22. simplicity often brings out the best in everything...even the soup
    I like :D

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  23. This is one of your simpler recipes, but it still sounds very flavourful and delicious. Have to admit I'm biased though, because I LOVE mushrooms ;) Mascarpone sounds like a wonderful addition, and a nice change from cream.

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    1. Hi Denise! You are not alone... I love to use mushroom in my cooking too... if you realise...

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  24. Like your version of mushroom soup without cream , sound more healthy huh!

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    1. Hi A-Chi! How's your break so far?

      Oh yes, healthier but still as tasty!

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  25. Alvin,
    I love anything with mushroom and my kids too..:p
    Your soup sound very healthy without cream.
    I never make my own mushroom soup before I must try this ...thanks again
    mui

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    1. Hi Mui! Yes... You should make this for your kids!

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