Saturday, November 19, 2011

Cream of mushroom soup

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Cream of mushroom soup - a good blender makes for an ultra-smooth soup

I am in love with an appliance. Why are you smirking? A kitchen appliance. Get your minds out of the gutter, people.

My new Vitamix blender is my sweetheart, my crush, the apple of my eye. I resisted the big blender for years. I'm quite fond of my hand-held immersion blender, which I use for soups. My Magic Bullet did a bang-up job on smoothies and salad dressings, and I loved its small footprint. But after two Magic Bullets crashed and burned, I gave in and started shopping for a real blender.

When I tasted the velvet that comes out of a Vitamix, I was hooked. An immersion blender is handy when you're making soup because you can puree it right in the pot. But it never gets totally smooth. I've made this cream of mushroom soup many times with an immersion blender, and while it tastes fabulous, it's always got a little texture to it. But the Vitamix produced cream of mushroom soup as smooth as milk. The cream I added just gilded the lily.

I'm a convert. The Vitamix is expensive (I bought it at Costco for about $400) but I think it's worth it. There's a lot of soup in my future.

Note: No one paid me anything or gave me anything to write this post. I bought my Vitamix with my own hard-earned money. And I intend to keep it for a good, long time.


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Cream of mushroom soup
The better your blender, the smoother your soup will be. Flavorful Baby Bella mushrooms (also known as crimini mushrooms) add more personality than standard white button mushrooms, but use any mushrooms you like.
Ingredients
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 pound Baby Bella (crimini) mushrooms, cleaned and roughly chopped (use the stems too!)
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
Instructions
Add the butter and oil to a large pot over medium-high heat. When the butter melts, add the chopped onion and saute about 4 minutes, until the onion is softened. Add the mushrooms and chicken stock. Bring the soup to a boil, turn down the heat, and simmer gently about 30 minutes, until all the vegetables are soft.Transfer the soup to your blender, working in batches if your blender isn't big enough to hold the whole pot. Puree the soup in the blender until very smooth, 1-2 minutes depending on the manliness of your appliance. (Alternatively, puree the soup in the pot with a hand-held immersion blender.)Return the soup to the pot, add the cream, and stir just until steaming. Season with salt, pepper and lemon juice. Serve immediately.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 8-10 servings

10 comments:

Lori said...

I'm right there with you on the VitaMix. I moved from crush to completely head over heals in an instant. My neighbor gave me her VitaMix because she felt like she had too many appliances. It was brand new and still had the literature tucked into the container. And I love that it came with a wet and a dry container so I can make flours!

Sippity Sup said...

There is no shame in love! GREG

Rhonda said...

I feel your love, I finally broke down and bought the mondo Cuisinart food processor. I've had my eye on the Vitamix for awhile...maybe for Christmas?

Kevin Norton said...

Wow! must be such a great tool for the kitchen this Vitamix is! $400 is so expensive, do you know any processor that is not that expensive, but does gives you a nice result?

Erika said...

Kevin - until now I have made do with my hand-held immersion blender, which cost less than $50. The results are fine, but not like the Vitamix. The Blendtec is also expensive. Many people swear they get great results from a normal countertop blender, but I never went that route. Sorry - I didn't do any comparison testing - just went with friends' recommendations.

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Anonymous said...

I adore this recipe. I'm making it now for the third time! I had a moment of panic when I couldn't find where I'd bookmarked the link, but here you are! :) Once I used almond milk instead of the cream to accomdate a non-dairy tummy, and it will still delicious! Thanks so much for sharing! -bethany bARTon (fellow Vitamix addict!)

Erika Kerekes said...

@Bethany - how funny, I made mushroom soup this week too! Great minds and all that...thanks for saying hi and I'm so glad you like the soup recipe!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the recipe. Made it last night with my Vitamix using regular mushrooms since that is what I had. I sautéed some chopped mushrooms and set aside and add back in at the end. My husband said it was the best he'd ever had. I agreed!
Laura Sweeting a/k/a lyricalpursuit

Erika Kerekes said...

Laura, so glad you and your husband enjoyed it. Definitely one of our favorites.

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