March 12, 2013

Cream of Mushroom Soup (Low Fat)

Blogging Marathon# 26: Week 2/ Day 3
Theme: Soups & Salads
Dish: Cream of Vegetable -- Cream of Mushroom Soup
For the 3rd day of blogging marathon with 'Cream of Vegetable' being the star ingredient, I made Cream of Mushroom soup. But the creamy consistency for the dish actually comes from pureed cauliflower. I thought  using  pureed cauliflower instead of cream or other thickening agents in a soup is a genius idea!! Don't you think?? It's not my idea though, I found this amazing vegan cream of mushroom soup here and absolutely loved the idea.
I added some fat free half-and-half that needed to be used up instead of non-dairy milk and hence this is not a vegan recipe. Also instead of cauliflower I used broccoliflower which is a hybrid of cauliflower and broccoli. Other than that I followed the recipe to the 'T' and this soup is super creamy and hearty, perfect for the chilly weather.
Ingredients:
White Button Mushrooms - 1½cups, finely chopped
Onion - 1 small, finely chopped
Garlic - 2 cloves, finely minced
Dried thyme - 1tsp
Cauliflower (or broccoliflower) - 2 cups, cut into florets
Liquid (can be non-dairy or dairy milk) - 2cups (I used 1cup fat free half-and-half with 1cup vegetable stock)
Onion powder - 1tsp
Salt and Pepper - to taste
 
Method:
  • Prepare the Cauliflower Puree: Combine the cauliflower florets with the liquid, onion powder, salt and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer until the florets are very tender, about 10-12 minutes. Then puree the mixture either with an immersion blender or a food processor.
  • For the Mushrooms: In the meantime, heat 1tsp oil in a sauce pan; add onion, finely chopped mushrooms, dried thyme and garlic cloves, saute till onions start turning lightly golden around the edges and the mushrooms are completely cooked through, about 8-10 minutes
  • Add the cauliflower puree to the mushroom mixture. Bring to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes for the flavors to mingle and soup to thicken. Serve warm!!
Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked up today for BM# 26.
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23 comments:

  1. Have seen this broccoli flower here,but never cooked with thme, soup looks sooo tempting,rich and yummy.

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  2. book marked..because I am so so bad with soups..I dont drink any and as a result dont want to make too...but my son loves them..so I guess I should be a good mom...:)

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    1. Yes Vaishali. You should make it for your son.. I know we moms have to do lot of things for our kids ;-)

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  3. This is beautifully creamy. I can almost imagine the richness even by staring at it. Also broccoli flower is seriously beautifully hybrid :)

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  4. Broccoli flower is new to me!Adding the puree of cauliflower to soup is such an awesome idea.Must remember to follow it next time I prepare soups. And the clicks are wonderful Pavani.

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  5. Very beautiful Pavani. :) This is the first time am hearing of broccoli flower. Indeed a fantastic idea for enriching the soup. :)

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  6. Wonderful idea of adding califlower purée. Is that really broccoli, I haven't seen one like this.

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    1. Manju, It's a hybrid of broccoli & cauliflower. It has more of a cauliflower texture but with broccoli's color (if that makes any sense)

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  7. Beautiful presentation and comforting soup!

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  8. Wow that broccoliflower looks so beautiful. I never mix cauliflower with mushroom soup will try next time interesting soup.

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  9. Thickening the soup with cauliflower puree is brilliant!

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  10. Nice pictures. Wonderful combination with cauliflowers

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  11. Delicious soup Pavani. Never knew that cauliflower can be used as thickening agent and between the broccoli flower looks very cute...

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  12. Wow, I have had cream of mushroom soup many times at the restaurant. I wish they made soup like that which you are telling us about in your blog. That looks amazing. Thanks for sharing the ingredient and procedure of making it.

    Regards,
    Finn Felton
    ]Kopi Luwak

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  13. I will eat anything with mushrooms. This dish looks so delicious, Pavani. I have seen broccoliflower in the market but haven't cooked with it. What is the flavor like? Is it more broccoli or more cauliflower?

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  14. Cauliflower as a thickening agent is indeed unique. The flavour must have been great, Need to give this a try. Btw, I use a spoonful or two of cooked rice to thicken soup. Sounds crazy but works and does not affect the taste

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  15. Mushroom is the only cream based soup I like and I love the addition of cauliflower in it

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  16. Broccoliflower looks so pretty Pavani, what a hybrid..:)...the soup surely is so healthy!

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  17. this looks so beautiful and creamy and really like the idea of using cauliflower for cream....also heard of butter beans

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  18. So Creamy n Filling,nice trick to use veggie as thickening agent, lot more better n healthy than corn flour!!! :)

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  19. so creamy and so wholesome soup!!! delicious
    Sowmya
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