It's winter season in Toronto and the thought of leaving the warmth of my condo to gather food for lunch seemed like a treacherous mission I wasn't willing to embark upon. It's times like these, where my knack for "pantry cooking" comes in real handy.
I actually pride myself in being able to rummage through my fridge and pantry for a quick meal that I will actually enjoy. It's almost like I'm on an episode of Food Network's "Chopped" and my kitchen is the studio. Some pseudo gourmet pantry meals that have emerged from my kitchen are tuna spaghetti, lentil curries, chocolate slathered crepes, luscious omelettes, to name a few.
This was a day I was feeling poorly and soup seemed like the perfect antidote. However, there was no way I was going to put on winter boots, trek through ice and snow for some soup and opening a can of high-sodium "soup" just wasn't going to cut it for me. Luckily, I found the key ingredients in my pantry staples to make the perfect and creamy Mushroom Soup.
I actually didn't know how to make mushroom soup and this was definitely the first time I've ever made it....but how hard can it be? Mushroom, broth, half & half and some seasonings, right?
It turned out phenomenal! The perfect pantry soup without having to resort to a can.
- About 2 cups of chopped cremini
- 1 small onion (diced)
- 2 garlic cloves (minced or run through a zester to get it really fine)
- Coupe sprigs of fresh thyme (dry it fine but use sparingly, it's strong. About 1/4 tsp)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 carton of stock (I used chicken here but any will work)
- 1/4 cup half and half (you can omit this if you want it vegan/dairy-free. It will just be less creamy)
- 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg or ground nutmeg
You will need:
- Hand Blender
- Medium size pot
Step 1: Sauté the Onions on Med-high Heat, Until Soft
Step 2: Add the Mushrooms and Season, Cook Until Soft
Add the thyme, stir
Step 3: Add the Stock. Let the Boil on High Heat. When It's Boiling Lower It to Low-med. Cook for 5 Minutes
Step 4: Blend
Blitz with a hand blender/processor until the consistency you like. I like mine a bit chunky where I can see the mushrooms.
Step 5: Add the Half and Half
Stir and simmer for another 5 mins
Step 6: Nutmeg
Add freshly grated nutmeg
Step 7: Enjoy!
Enjoy with fresh garlic bread