Creamy mushroom soup

Creamy Mushroom Soup

Serves 6

  • 600 g mixed mushrooms

  • olive oil

  • 1 onion, peeled and finely sliced

  • 2 sticks celery, trimmed and finely sliced

  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced

  • a few sprigs of fresh flat-leaf parsley, leaves picked and chopped, stalks finely chopped

  • a few sprigs of fresh thyme, leaves picked

  • 1.5 litres organic chicken or vegetable stock

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • 75 ml single cream

  • 4-6 slices ciabatta bread

Peel off any tough outer skins of the mushroom caps and throw them away, then slice the mushrooms finely. Heat a large saucepan over a medium heat and pour in a splash of olive oil. Add the onion, celery, garlic, parsley stalks, thyme leaves and mushrooms, place a lid on top and sweat gently until softened.



Spoon 4 tablespoons of mushrooms out of the pan and put to one side. Pour the stock into the pan and bring to the boil. Turn the heat down and simmer for 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, then whiz with a hand-held blender until smooth. Pour in the cream, bring just back to the boil, then turn off the heat.



Toast the slices of ciabatta in a hot griddle pan, then top with most of the reserved mushrooms and drizzle with olive oil. Spoon the soup into deep, individual bowls, garnish with the chopped parsley and remaining mushrooms, and serve with the ciabatta crostini.

Nutritional Information

Creamy mushroom soup

With grilled ciabatta on the side

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Method

Peel off any tough outer skins of the mushroom caps and throw them away, then slice the mushrooms finely. Heat a large saucepan over a medium heat and pour in a splash of olive oil. Add the onion, celery, garlic, parsley stalks, thyme leaves and mushrooms, place a lid on top and sweat gently until softened.

Spoon 4 tablespoons of mushrooms out of the pan and put to one side. Pour the stock into the pan and bring to the boil. Turn the heat down and simmer for 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, then whiz with a hand-held blender until smooth. Pour in the cream, bring just back to the boil, then turn off the heat.

Toast the slices of ciabatta in a hot griddle pan, then top with most of the reserved mushrooms and drizzle with olive oil. Spoon the soup into deep, individual bowls, garnish with the chopped parsley and remaining mushrooms, and serve with the ciabatta crostini.

Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 220
    11%
  • Carbs 20.4g
    8%
  • Sugar 7.8g 9%
  • Fat 9.8g 14%
  • Saturates 2.9g 15%
  • Protein 12.0g 27%
Of an adult's reference intake

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  • 600 g mixed mushrooms

  • olive oil

  • 1 onion, peeled and finely sliced

  • 2 sticks celery, trimmed and finely sliced

  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced

  • a few sprigs of fresh flat-leaf parsley, leaves picked and chopped, stalks finely chopped

  • a few sprigs of fresh thyme, leaves picked

  • 1.5 litres organic chicken or vegetable stock

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • 75 ml single cream

  • 4-6 slices ciabatta bread