I used to hate mushrooms. Their texture was weird to me, and I wasn’t too keen on their strong, earthy taste. Today I have grown to absolutely love them, but I find myself surrounded by people who still have a hate on for the flavourful fungi. This soup is my attempt to convince even those the most fearful of mushrooms to give them a chance. And it usually works…at least until the bowl is gone.
I would like to note that the key to the flavour and richness of this soup lies in the use of a variety of mushrooms. In this recipe I use button, cremini, and shiitake mushrooms, but essentially the sky’s the limit in terms of different types. Use as many kinds of mushrooms as you like. I saved some of each type to slice and add in at the end, but you can leave the soup as is after it’s blended if you prefer.
2 tbsp olive oil
4 cloves of garlic, smashed and roughly chopped
1 medium cooking onion, diced
5 cups of a variety of button, cremini and shiitake mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup sweet white wine like Vidal or Riesling
1 carton (900ml) no salt added veggie stock
2-4 sprigs of thyme
1 carton (945ml) organic almond milk (should only have 5 ingredients max)
salt and pepper to taste
Old white cheddar, grated
Heat olive oil in a dutch oven or large pot over medium heat. Add garlic and sauté 30 seconds. Add onions, some fresh ground salt & pepper, and cook until translucent, 3 minutes. Add all of the mushrooms, or save 1 cup if you like sliced mushroom pieces in your soup.
Place the thyme sprigs on top of the mushrooms, turn up the heat to medium high, and allow the mushrooms to begin sticking to the bottom of the pan. Pour in the white wine and stir, pulling away all of the caramelized bits stuck to the bottom. Reduce for 3 minutes. Add veggie stock, almond milk, and more ground salt & pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, reduce to medium low and let simmer for 20 minutes.
Blend soup with a handheld blender. If using a food processor or smoothie blender, make sure you let the soup cool first. Once soup is blended, you have the option to pass it through a fine sieve placed over a bowl to make the soup less gritty.
If you saved some sliced mushrooms, heat a bit of olive oil in the empty soup pot, add the mushrooms and sauté for 3 minutes. Add the soup back into the pot and heat through.
Garnish with grated old white cheddar, a sprig of thyme, or some truffle oil (or all three), serve, and enjoy.