Friday, January 1, 2010

Mushroom Leek Soup

Happy New Year to you all! May 2010 be a year of blessing and peace in your family. We'll start the year with a bowl of soup. After all the big dinners and appetizer evenings of the Christmas season. . .we're all ready for a bowl of satisfying soup with some crusty buns.
  • 4 leeks
  • 1 pound white button mushrooms
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup sherry or madeira wine (optional)
  • a dash or two of ground cayenne pepper to taste
  • a small handful fresh chopped parseley. .about 1/3 cup chopped
  • chopped chives for garnish
  • salt and and pepper to taste just before serving
  1. Remove the green parts of the leeks.
  2. Slice the leeks and rinse well in water and drain in a colander.
  3. Slice the mushrooms.
  4. Melt the butter in a large saucepan.
  5. Add the leeks and saute until wilted but not browned. Remove from pan.
  6. Add the mushrooms to the pan and simmer until all the liquid has evaporated and the mushrooms have browned a bit about 30 minutes on medium low.
  7. Add the leeks back into the saucepan.
  8. Add the flour and thyme and stir well and simmer a minute or two.
  9. Add the milk and the broth and stir until well combined.
  10. Leave the soup chunky for main course or for a soup course .. use an immersion blender to chop it up a bit. Either way .. .it is delicious. If you don't have an immersion blender you can put a few cups at a time in a regular blender .. don't fill too high. .hot liquids tend to be explosive in a blender and you'll end up with soup on your cabinets and clothes. ..(speaking from experience.)

7 comments:

  1. A bowl of soup really does sound nice for today!! Happy New Year MGCC!!

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  2. The mushroom leek soup sounds like something I would like, think I will try it. Also, I came upon Vietnamese coffee on a March blog.
    Funny that I found this as I had lunch with my son a few weeks ago and he introduced us to a Veitnamese soup cafe and he and I also had the coffee. I loved it, and I had it cold (iced)

    Jackie

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  3. Happy New Year to you all!

    I can't thank you enough for your wonderful blog! I've tried some delicious new things and love your "Bread for The Journey" posts.

    May 2010 be a year of many blessings for you!

    Chris

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  4. Will have to try this one. We love mushrooms and eat them frequently. Its also nice to throw in a meatless meal every once and a while.

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  5. Being a super mushroom fan, this sounds great! I haven't ever used leeks though, so that will be a new experience. OUr soup suppers at church need a change up like this one!

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  6. Cooking pea soup right now... but this one is next. I have leeks and mushrooms in my fridge. Like you said, it's a good time for soup.

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