Monday, November 19, 2012

damn good stuff

I just made the best darn soup of my life! Seriously! And that... is saying a lot, I am a darn good soup maker. I had a bowl of mushroom soup at a castle in Germany one time that would make you get on your knees and beg for more. I always wanted to try to duplicate it, always afraid I would ruin my memories of having had the best ever. Mushrooms were on sale the other day and I for some reason had this thought that I would be cooking with mushrooms every day for the next month. I needed to use the two boxes I had left in the fridge, so this morning I starting pulling things out of the fridge to test my talents and memory. The difference in my soup, I added potatoes to make a larger pot. Since I never measure a thing when it comes to soup, I will never be able to duplicate this. It's all a pinch of this and a handful of that...I added about a 1/4 cup of cream that I had from another recipe and it needed to be used. I don't usually allow my taste buds the luxury of cream in soups. Let me tell you, I do not eat very much but...I could have eaten the entire pot of this stuff. I think I will go to bed dreaming of eating another bowl of this. The only thing that would have added to this was a freshly baked roll. With all the cooking I have to do in the next two days, I wasn't up to making bread today. Over the holidays, it will be happening.

If you would like to try this, here are the ingredients I used:

vegetable stock (1 box)
sauteed onions, celery, and garlic cloves (I used one onion, 4 stalks celery, and five garlic cloves in olive oil)
1 whole box of sliced mushrooms (sauteed in olive oil)
3 bay leaves, oregano, pinch of sage, thyme, rosemary, and parsley (I used fresh because I have them, if you use dried, use a little more sparingly than you do fresh.
4 large potatoes, diced
a little vegetable bullion

I added all the sauteed ingredients and everything else, cooked until potatoes were done.

At the end of cooking, I added about 1/4 cup of cream (because I had some that needed used. Yeah! You could use regular milk, which I usually do, but just have to live a little.)

I topped with freshly grated Parmesan and bacon bits.

I'm telling you, I embarrassed myself eating this stuff!


LadyCat said...

Wow...this looks delicious! Comfort food is good for the body and soul.

Jo said...

i am such a homemade soup fiend when the weather turns cold. i think you and i may have had an exchange last winter about how we are anti canned soup. :)
i'll definitely try this recipe! sounds (and looks) delicious!!

hope you have a wonderful thanksgiving!

Nyssa said...

I'm soooo going to make this!! I'm a homemade soup fanatic especially cream soups. Thanks for sharing this! ~glynis

Cat said...

you had me at the title!!!!

love and light

Lola G. said...

It looks like it has the perfect balance of liquid and chunky, yummy heartiness. Soup would have been just the right thing today here in Connecticut. Bon Appetit!

collarcitybrownstone said...

I love mushrooms and that soup looks absolutely delicious!!!

I wanted to be be sure to stop by this morning before things get too busy to say Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! Have a wonderful and fun day.


Draffin Bears said...

Hi Sixpence,

Mushroom soup is one of my favourites and I often make it in winter.
Yours looks delicious.

Happy weekend

Anonymous said...

Hi Sixpence,

Thank you for your comment on my blog -your soup looks so delicious! Have a great week!

Sixpence and A Blue Moon said...

Hi LadyCat! I agree with you, comfort food is good now and then. I make some kind of soup almost every day, it is very good to help with controlling blood sugars. Even in the summer, I usually make soups. We love them. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

Hey Jo, :)
I think we did have a conversation about canned soup. Soups are so easy and really cheap to make, plus, you can control what goes in your pot of soup. I can't eat the canned stuff.
I had a great Thanksgiving! Hope you did also.

Hi Glynis,
I made this while my daughter was home and she says she is going to make it, she loved it.

Hi Cat,
LOL It was just that good. :)

Hi Lola,
I added the potatoes to help with thickening and to make it a little more filling, since we usually eat soup as a meal.
It is the time of year for soups. I love experimenting with different things. Soups are so easy to just add a little of this and a little of that. :)

Hi Xenia,
I am so sorry I didn't make it by to my blogging friends to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. I thought I would get to do that, but once the kids got here, I never got a chance to sit down at the computer. Since I only see them once a year, I am not complaining. :)
I hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving!

Hello Carolyn,
Do you have any special ingredients you add to make your mushroom soup? Always looking for that something special.

Thank you for visiting my blog. It was a nice visit at your blog. Wishing you a beautiful week!