Servings: 6 Prep: 10 min Cook: 30 min Total: 40 min
This soup is fantastic! It’s so rich and creamy. With these baby portobello mushrooms, it almost becomes MEATY! A wonderful soup and can be served for any meal, whether it be a simple dinner for 1, the full family, or a nice special meal!
This could easily be vegetarian, by using vegetable stock, rather than the chicken stock. Remove the bacon and just use a little olive oil for cooking the veggies. You could even make it completely vegan by using almond milk. You could even go a step further and use a wonder faux-cream, like MimicCreme.
It couldn’t hurt to throw some nice Italian parsley leaves on top, or puree a small handful of spinach into the soup. Maybe even some pine nuts for a little more textural contrast!
This is a wonderful, low carb, yet full bodied and delicious soup.
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- 8 slices raw bacon chopped (for bits)
- 1 medium onion diced
- 2 each garlic clove minced
- 1 lb cremini (portobello (gills removed) or button) mushrooms washed and sliced into little wedges
- 1 tsp fresh rosemary chopped
- 1 1/2 cups chicken stock or broth
- 2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
- 3/4 cup cream heavy whipping
- 1/4 cup parsley leaves washed
- 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- Cook the bacon in a (medium sized) pot deep enough to cook the soup.
- When crispy, strain the bacon bits and set aside. Save fat for another day. Do not clean the pot.
- Sweat and lightly caramelize the onions and garlic in the pot with the little film of bacon fat. Add a touch of salt to help pull the water out.
- Add the mushrooms and a little more salt. Sauté for 15 minutes, or until mushrooms are cooked. Remove and set aside enough mushrooms to use as a garnish, later.
- Add the stock, Worcestershire Sauce and half of the bacon bits. If you have any herbs, tossing some rosemary or thyme in, would be delicious.
- Simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes. The mixture should be like wet mushrooms and not very "soupy".
- Add the cream and bring to a simmer.
- Remove from heat and puree in a blender.
- While blending, adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. If soup is too thick, adjust consistency with more cream, or warm chicken stock. A touch of sour cream sounds delightful as well, but it's not what I usually use. This is an "eyeball it" step. Use your discretion. The end result should be a pleasant colored tan, creamy soup.
- Dish into bowls and garnish with bacon bits, mushrooms, fresh herbs and swirls of extra virgin olive oil and/or bacon fat.
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