Late season mushroom soup
December 6, 2015
This recipe is based on Jamie Oliver's Real Mushroom soup published in Jamie's Dinners. Serves 6 people as an appetizer.
You can use a mixture of any wild or store brought mushrooms for this soup. I've been out for a few walks with the family picking the odd bag of autumn mushrooms as I go along. If you are lucky you might still find a few Late Fall Oyster or Brick tops. The nice thing about this soup it that it has a good base of mushrooms without too much dairy or stock. The citrus from the lemon zest and juice or in my example the last of the summers pickled chanterelles, cut the richness of the soup nicely.
- Prep: 10 mins
- Cook: 40 mins
- Yields: 6 servings as an appetizer
1Place the dried boletes and other dried mushrooms, I used a mixture of dried boletes, black trumpets (Craterellus fallax) and lobster mushrooms (Hypomyces lactifluorum), in a small dish, add boiling water just to cover, and leave to soak.
2Heat a dutch oven nice and hot, then add a couple of table spoons of olive oil and the fresh mushrooms.
3Stir for a minute, then add your garlic, onion and thyme and a little salt and pepper.
4After a minute or so moisture will start to be released from the mushrooms. When you see this add half of the dried mushrooms, chopped up, and the rest left whole, to the pan . If the dried mushroom soaking liquid is clean and does not contain any grit add it to the pan.
5Cooking on medium heat for about 20 minutes until most of the moisture disappears. I scraped a spoon across the bottom of the pot to check.
6Add the stock and bring to the boil and simmer for around 20 minutes.
7Remove half the soup from the pan and purée with a Immersion Hand Blender or in a larger blender, then pour it back in, adding the parsley.
8Ladle the soup into bowls and add a teaspoon spoon full of mascarpone to the soup. Mix together the zest of one lemon and the juice of half of it, then spoon a little of this into the middle of the soup. In my case I added some pickled chanterelles left over from the summer instead.
9If you want to add an extra mushroom kick drizzle a few drops of truffle oil on top.