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Baby Bella, Shiitake Mushroom Soup...(non dairy)

move over pumpkin...there's a fungi in town...
(sorry, i get carried away.  i'll just stop there with the bad puns)

but really...isn't everybody talking about pumpkin or butternut squash soup for the holiday?...

how predictable...change things up a little.

this creamy unctuous soup is so delicious.  rich deep flavors but very light on the palette.
no cream and very little fat.

the key ingredients here are the roasted garlic and some homemade roasted chicken broth
and the key utensil is an immersion blender 

trust me, take the time to roast the garlic...
 eat a roasted chicken this week and make some good broth.  chicken broth from a roasted chicken carcass is like liquid gold.  i always have some on hand in the freezer.  
and... go out and buy yourself an immersion blender.
your soup will be tasty and your puree-ing world will be forever changed.

in a nut shell...roast garlic, saute mushrooms and aromatics, whiz it up with some broth and serve.


3 oz. Baby Bella (Crimini) mushrooms
30 grams dried Shiitake mushrooms
1/2 medium onion
1/2 shallot 
3-4 cloves roasted garlic
approximately 4 cups of chicken broth or vegetable broth...home made is best, but...
2 cans  (15 oz.) low sodium chicken broth will be fine (more or less depending on how thick you like your soup)
NOTE...i used 1 whole can and about 1 1/2 cups homemade chicken broth...
vegetable broth works very well with this for a pure vegetarian version
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp dried tarragon
1 tsp dried thyme
salt and pepper to taste

FIRST...before you do anything...roast your garlic.  i like to roast mine whole with the top sliced off and drizzled with olive oil inside.  wrap in tinfoil.  oven at 370 F and it should take about an hour.

meanwhile, rehydrate your dried mushrooms as the package instructs if using dried.  saute your veggies in about 2 Tsp olive oil (maybe less if possible).   do not salt your veggies while sauteing.  you can add your tarragon and thyme in when they are almost done.  when everything is done and mushrooms look yummy and golden transfer to a sauce pan (3-4 quart works for me).  reserve a few mushrooms for garnish.  squeeze the water from the rehydrated mushrooms and chop them up a little and add them with the roasted garlic cloves to the pot.  add chicken broth, a little less than you think you might need because you don't want your end product to be too thin.  bring to a boil then lower to a simmer.  when everything has been heated through take off the stove and get your immersion blender in there and blend away...blend it to the texture you like.  i like it creamy.  you might need to add more broth at this point (heat through if you add more).  when you have it just right check for seasoning...salt and pepper to your liking.  i like the base creamy, then i add a few whole reserved mushrooms or use as garnish.
reheat just before service.  this soup can be made ahead and keeps well for a few days.

NOTE..the fresh thyme is for presentation and photos only.  i found when eating the finished photographed bowl of soup i didn't care for the pieces of thyme interrupting the smooth creamy be the judge.

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