Mushrooms were proudly on display at my local farmers markets this weekend, so I used this as the basis for my recipe. Most mushroom soup recipes use cream, but this one relies on tangy citrus flavours to compliment the earthy mushrooms.
I used a mixture of button mushrooms and portobello. Sumac is a middle eastern spice with a tangy citrus flavour. If you don’t like things spicy, you could substitute the cayenne pepper with paprika. If you have some home-made or bought vegetable stock, feel free to use that instead of the stock powder and hot water. Strict vegetarians can of course skip the anchovy filets. Given that everything will be blended at the end, don’t worry too much about your chopping. The recipe below produces quite a big batch, enough for 6 portions, but it’s always handy to have leftovers for lunch or freezing for later.
What I was cooking this time last year: Passionfruit Pudding
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 1 large red onion
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 2 anchovy filets
- 2 sticks of celery
- 1 tablespoon sumac
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1kg button mushrooms
- 500g portobello mushrooms
- 1 lemon, zest and juice
- 2 tablespoons lemon thyme, plus extra for garnishing
- 2 x 400g tins of butter beans
- 1 tablespoon vegetable stock powder
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Chop the onion and garlic.
- Heat the oil in a large pot, add the chopped onion and garlic and anchovy filets and fry over a medium heat while you chop the celery.
- Chop the celery and add to the pot.
- Add the sumac and cayenne pepper to the pot and stir to combine. You may need to turn the heat down slightly.
- Dust any dirt off the mushrooms.
- Chop the mushrooms and add them to the pot.
- Cook until the mushrooms wilt down, stirring occasionally.
- Add the butter beans, and fill up each empty can with water and add that to the pot too.
- Add the zest and juice of the lemon, stock powder, thyme and salt and pepper to taste.
- Cook the soup over medium heat for 15 minutes or so.
- Blend the soup until smooth.
- Your soup is ready to serve. Garnish with extra thyme if desired. Enjoy.
What is your favourite mushroom recipe? Has this post inspired any new ideas?