There is something about mushrooms that feels so rich and decadent.. I am always looking for creative ways to prepare them for my family. With the recent drop in temperature I was craving a hot bowl of soup. So I created this delicious medley of mushroom soup. It is simple to make but rich in flavor and aroma and instantly became a family favorite!
- 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 Onion - coarsely chopped
- 8 cloves garlic - crushed
- 4 ounces Shiitake mushrooms
- 6 ounces Portabella mushrooms
- 16 ounces Crimini mushrooms
- ⅔ cup Marsala or Madeira wine
- 4 cups organic vegetable broth
- 1 bouquet garnis *
- fresh ground celtic salt and pepper to taste
- Crême fraiche ( or Greek yogurt)
- fresh parsley - chopped
- freshly ground back pepper
- In a large crock pot heat olive oil
- Add chopped onion and sauté over low heat until translucent - about 2 minutes
- Add the crushed garlic. Tear or cut all mushrooms into chunks and add to pot. Salt and pepper.
- Increase heat and cook covered until mushrooms have softened and have released their juices - about 5 minutes. Stir as needed to keep mushrooms from scorching.
- Add the Madeira or Marsala wine along with the vegetable stock and drop in the bouquet garnis. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until for another 15 minutes.
- Remove bouquet garnis and ladle half to ⅔ of the soup in to a blender and pulse to form a coarse purée. Return to pot and blend with remaining soup.
- Ladle into warm bowls and top with a spoonful of crême fraîche or Greek yogurt, fresh parsley torn into small pieces or chopped. Add freshly ground pepper to taste.
- Serve and enjoy!
A Bouquet Garnis is used quite frequently in French cooking. To make a Bouquet Garnis combine a couple of sprigs of fresh rosemary, oregano and thyme. Tie together with twine. If you do not have fresh herbs use 1/2 tsp each of dried rosemary, oregano and thyme. Place in small square of cheese cloth and tie with twine to close.
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