This week, all the FFwD chefs worked on the recipe for Paris Mushroom Soup. I L-O-V-E mushrooms, so this is a recipe that I was excited to try! Again, another fairly simple recipe and it was nice to have something warm & comforting to eat this week. This soup reminded me of a mushroom soup I had in Moscow, Russia when I was looking for something to settle my tummy/nerves and the Wildflower Bread Co has a similar soup that I tried after having my wisdom teeth pulled this past summer. Obviously, I go to mushroom soups when I want to be comforted!
One & a half pounds of mushrooms are sauteed with garlic & onions in butter. (Next time I might try a couple varieties of mushrooms.) Chicken broth, herbs, & spices are added. (I made mine without the rosemary this time around ... so just fresh parsley in my soup.)
A "salad" is put into each of the bowls. My salads consisted of raw mushrooms, green onions, & more parsley.
I pureed my soup with a hand/immersion blender and then ladled it into the bowls on top of the salad. We added a little sour cream to our soup. I wished that the soup was a touch more creamy, so next time I might add some heavy cream to the pot when it's close to serving time. Overall, I really enjoyed this soup and it's a recipe that I'd definitely make again and play with a bit. Trying soup on top of the "salad" was a new experience but after trying the soup without the salad, I think I prefer no salad. One other thing I thought about doing is making some sauteed mushrooms in a separate skillet and adding large, cooked mushroom chunks back into the soup after blending it and next time I'd definitely double the recipe!
I was trying to think of some sides or even a main course that would go well with this soup. I think a hearty bread or a piece of baguette might be better than a soft dinner roll. Another thought I had is something like a panini sandwich ... warm, crispy bread with melted cheese. If I went the salad route, I'd go with something that has fruits, candied nuts, and a sweet dressing.
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