Quick Fall Mushroom Soup

Soup Quick Mushroom III

It may not feel like it quite yet but the Autumn Equinox in our Northern Hemisphere is at 4:02pm TODAY! So Happy Friday to All. Yay. Here’s a little simple soup to wake up those taste buds. Why enjoy a small serving when you can have it all!

2 Tbs butter
1/2 lb fresh mushrooms, sliced
1/2 medium sweet onion, chopped
6 Tbs all-purpose flour
1/2 t salt
1/2 t pepper
2 cans (14 oz each) chicken broth
1 cup Half and Half cream
1/3 cup dry sherry
4 springs fresh thyme
1 Tbs fresh chopped thyme for garnish.

In large saucepan, heat butter over medium high heat.
Sauté mushrooms and onions until tender, about 5 minutes.
In separate bowl, mix together flour, salt, pepper, and 1 can chicken broth until smooth.
Stir into mushroom mixture.
Stir in remaining broth.
Bring to boil.
Cook until thickened, about 2 minutes.
Reduce heat to low.
Stir in cream, sherry, and thyme sprigs.
Simmer, uncovered, 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove thyme.
Puree with immersion blender in the pot; or transfer to blender and puree.
OR, serve with mushrooms as they are.
Garnish with chopped fresh thyme

Serves 6.

Sweet Potato Soup

Hey dudes and dudettes. Last Sunday brunch I was sipping champagne at Cinque Cento in Boston with sweet Gray and Liam; this Sunday found me in my own kitchen. Following church, and prior to that little golf thing in Augusta, I made this fantastic soup! It’s supposed to be rainy here in ENC Tuesday and 55ish degrees on Wednesday, so ponder this for a midweek “pick you up.” Why? Because we love soup!Soup Sweet Potato2 lbs sweet potatoes, halved lengthwise (appx 4 large potatoes)
1/4 cup water
1 Tbs olive oil
1 medium onion, onion
1/2 t ground cumin
1/2 t crushed red pepper
4 cups unsalted chicken stock
6 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
1/4 cup fresh Parmesan cheese, shaved

Place potatoes, cut sides down, in a 7 by 11 microwave safe baking dish.
Add 1/4 cup water.
Cover with plastic wrap.
Microwave on high 15 minutes, or until tender.
Cool slightly.
Scoop potato out of skin into bowl.

Heat oil in large saucepan over medium high heat.
Add onion and sauté 1 minute.
Stir in cumin and red pepper.
Add stock.
Bring to a boil, and simmer 3 minutes.
Place half of sweet potato and half of stock mixture in blender.
Remove center piece of blender lid to allow steam to escape, but cover with towel to avoid a mess.
Puree until smooth, about 20 seconds.
Pour pureed soup into large bowl.
Repeat blending procedure with remainder of potatoes and stock mixture.
Divide soup among 6 soup bowls.
Sprinkle with bacon and Parmesan.

230 calories per serving as entree.
May also serve in demitasse.
Makes 16 demitasse servings at 75 calories per serving.

Cooking Light, November, 2013.