Ultra Light Portabella Mushroom Soup

"This soup is all about the mushrooms...there's no mistaking the difference between freshly-made mushroom soup and the stuff in a can! If you're feeling ambitious, make a stock yourself using 5 cups of water, sliced carrots, onions, thyme, and the veins scraped from the portabella mushrooms, stweing for 4 hours on low heat. Strain the vegetables out, and you'll have about 4 cups of stock remaining."
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photo by Late Night Gourmet
photo by Late Night Gourmet photo by Late Night Gourmet
Ready In:
1hr 10mins




  • Heat 4 tablespoons of butter in a pan on medium heat. Saute onions until softened, about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and thyme, and cook for an additional 2 minutes while constantly stirring.
  • Stir in chopped mushrooms and any fragments from the sliced mushrooms. Stir in thoroughly to coat with the contents of the pan. Stir occasionally for 20 minutes, allowing some moisture to evaporate from the mushrooms.
  • Add stock to the pan and lower heat to medium-low. Cook for half an hour uncovered.
  • Pour contents of the pan into a blender and puree until is achieves desired consistency. Return to the pan. Season with salt and pepper, adjusting to taste.

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I have two teenagers who keep things very busy around our house during the daytime. I also work long hours at Ford Motor Company, and I do want to spend time with my family every day. If I try to cook when my kids have their friends over, I'm certain to be interrupted. In other words, my available times for cooking are very limited. I don't want to give up on anything I love - my family, my job, my cooking - so I do most of my cooking after everyone has gone to bed. My wife is a teacher, so this can be very late at night during the summer. Sometimes, I don't get started with my prep work until 12:30 a.m. Am I crazy?? Maybe. I'm also constantly working on healthier ways to prepare food. I deconstruct every recipe I like, and try to make it with healthier ingredients. The big challenge is keeping the food tasty. I believe it's possible to enjoy what you eat and still be healthy. I lost 15 pounds in 6 months largely by preparing my own food (and exercising). If I didn't keep such loony hours, I'd call myself "The Healthy Gourmet".
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