|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
This simple mushroom soup is thickened with a bit of potato for a hearty, delicious, easy-as-pie soup with a texture that's thick enough to be filling but made so without any cream. (Of course, if you feel like swirling in a bit of cream at the end for an even richer, more luxurious effect, you sure can!)
Serve it with a green salad and a hunk of crusty bread for an easy, healthful dinner, and try dressing up this soup with a tasty garnish, such as:
- Minced parsley (or other leafy green herbs)
- Chopped chives (or green onions)
- Drizzle of cream
- A few drops of extra virgin olive oil
- Crunchy croutons
- Dollop of whole milk, plain, unsweetened yogurt
- Spoonful of sour cream (or crème fraîche)
- A few dashes of your favorite hot sauce
- 1 pound mushrooms
- 2 tablespoons butter (or oil)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (fine sea salt, plus more to taste)
- 1 onion
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1/4 cup dry sherry
- 1 pound potatoes
- 6 cups chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
- Black pepper to taste (freshly ground)
Rinse the mushrooms clean and pat them dry. Trim off and discard any dried stem ends. Roughly chop the mushrooms (don't be too fussy about the chopping; they get puréed in the end!).
In a large pot, melt the butter or heat the oil over medium-high heat. Increase the heat to high and add the mushrooms and salt. Cook, stirring frequently, until the mushrooms release their liquid and start to brown, about five minutes.
Meanwhile, chop the onion and the garlic. Add the onion to the mushrooms and cook, stirring frequently, until the onions are soft, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Meanwhile, peel and roughly chop the potatoes.
Add the sherry to the pot and cook, stirring about 2 minutes.
Add the potatoes and broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to maintain a steady simmer and cook until all the vegetables are extremely, falling-apart tender, about 10 minutes.
Use a hand-held blender to completely purée the soup. Or, whirl it in batches in a blender or food processor (since you'll be whirling hot soup, be sure to place a kitchen towel over the blender to stop any potentially burning splatters from happening; alternatively, you can let the soup cool before whirling it). In any case, whirl the soup much longer than you think necessary — at least 2 or 3 minutes for each batch — to get a supremely smooth texture.
Add salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Serve the soup hot, garnished as you like.