Thursday, 29 September 2011

Mushroom Soup with Nutmeg


Autumn.

Crisp, cool skies.

Changing leaves.

Windfall apples.

Mushrooms.


Mushrooms were one of those foods I didn't appreciate as a child. I think it was the texture that I objected to, more than the flavour.

But now they are an autumn treat, something to be celebrated while lamenting the end of summer.

This soup is a celebration of mushrooms. A simple recipe with a hint of nutmeg to make the mushrooms sing.

It's adapted (read: simplified) from a Gordon Ramsay recipe. And it is magnificent.



Mushroom Soup with Nutmeg

Recipe adapted from The Sunday Times (Gordon Ramsay)

Serves 4

2 tbsp olive oil
2 small onions
1 garlic clove
400g mushrooms (I used small brown caps, but you can use others, or a mixture)
20g butter
1 litre vegetable stock
Salt and pepper
2 tbsp double cream
Nutmeg

Heat the olive oil in a large pan. Finely chop the onions and garlic and add them to the pan. Cook over a low heat until translucent - about 5 minutes.

Chop the mushrooms. Add them to the pan along with the butter. Stir thoroughly and cook for a further 5 minutes.

Add the stock and bring to the boil. Simmer for 5 minutes.

Blend the soup until smooth (I used a stick blender, but a food processor would work well too - watch out for hot splashes if using a stick blender!).

Pour the soup back into the pan over a low heat. Season with salt, pepper and grated nutmeg.

Use a swirl of cream as a garnish.

Autumn in a bowl.

38 comments:

  1. I LOVE mushrooms and I can smell and taste the nutmeg in this recipe just from your pics.

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  2. Ruth, this soup looks very comforting. I quite like the swirled garnish you've artfully employed!

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  3. I used to hate mushrooms too - flavour and texture seemed so icky. I love them now though, luckily. I love mushroom soup and nutmeg goes so well with it. Did you ever try it with a good squeeze of lemon juice too? That's a great flavour combination

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  4. One of my favorite dishes in the Brandywine Valley (mushroom country)...a hot bowl of mushroom soup and a popover muffin. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Sounds good - only difference I would make is add more cream. ;)

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  6. I love mushroom soup and this sounds absolutely delicious! And leftover could always be used for green bean casserole =)

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  7. Ooo, I love mushroom soup! And I bet it tastes really great with the nutmeg!

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  8. Creamy mushroom soup - yum! I've never tried nutmeg with mushrooms before.

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  9. Mmmm, it is so the soup time of year. This sounds delicious.

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  10. Mmmm this sounds fantastic, lovely photos! :)

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  11. Nothing like mushroom soup, very comforting. Adding nutmeg is new to me, but I imagine it must smell and taste awesome! great photos!

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  12. Dear Ruth, Thank you for visiting and leaving a nice comment.
    I love homemade mushroom soup. There is so much you can do with it. I like the addition of nutmeg. I am sure the flavor brings the feeing of autumn. Blessings, Catherine

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  13. Autumn in a bowl is right. I like that the soup has very little ingredients, which still keeps the mushrooms the star attraction of this soup. I am ready for the cold and some of this savory soup-yum!

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  14. Delicious! I love mushrooms....I just can't get my husband to enjoy them. This is something I would eat every day!

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  15. Just mouthwatering...looks so easy to prepare and delicious!

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  16. Great flavors! Sounds like a wonderful soup. I love mushrooms!

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  17. That sounds delish! I love mushrooms - I even have a mushroom tattoo!

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  18. Wonderful simple and tasty looking recipe. Mmmmm perfect for autumn. :)

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  19. I am so excited to see this recipe! I've always wanted to make mushroom soup, but never found the "right" kind of recipe. I just love your simplified version from Gordon Ramsey's recipe! =]

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  20. Ooh that looks divine! As my mama used to say: any time is a good time for soup!

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  21. Oh this sounds lovely! I live in the US (a.k.a. the Land That Failed to Go Metric), so I'll have to find a good conversion chart, but I'm definitely making this recipe! I've made a portobello mushroom soup before - the ports gave it a nice hearty quality.

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  22. My daughter has been asking me to make mushroom soup and I am avoiding her just because she likes it creamy. Your soup has just 2 tbsp of cream. I am definitely trying.

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  23. Sounds lovely and delectable. I love mushroom soup, I need to try this recipe.

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  24. This looks so perfect for a day like today. So cool and crisp, this would be the ultimate comfort food for me right now. Wonderful!

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  25. I love mushroom soup - this sounds perfect! I haven't found a recipe that is my favorite yet, so I will give this one a shot!

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  26. Such a great post! This is the first mushroom soup recipe I've seen and I love that it's from Gordon Ramsay :)

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  27. I love mushroom soup and the dash of nutmeg sounds so good in this recipe! Now that its cooling off here, I am really craving good soups and this one sounds delicious!

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  28. I do love mushroom soup. Next time I'll try with nutmeg! that sounds delicious!

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  29. Oh yum! I love mushrooms and this soup looks great!

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  30. I love love love mushrooms! This soup looks ace :)

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  31. This sounds so warm and delicious! Perfect for fall!

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  32. Delicious autumn food! The first time I ever made mushroom soup it ended up black and tasteless - I was 13, and a total kitchen newbie, so I forgave myself. But I've somehow never tried again... perhaps I need to give it a shot? Thanks for the recipe :)

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  33. Mmm... I love soups at the moment! This looks fantastic, I have some mushrooms in the fridge and I think this is their destiny. Thanks!

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  34. I'm so happy hearing "mushroom" as autumn's symbol. Living in the US I think mushrooms seems nothing to do with autumn. In Japan mushrooms are considered fall food and we enjoy all kinds of mushrooms this season. What a nice soup! I actually love mushrooms from childhood and still love it. :-) Thanks for sharing the delicious looking mushroom soup!

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  35. This looks lovely. I adore mushroom soup but have never thought of adding a pinch of nutmeg. Must try it this way next time.

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