New-Fashioned Cream of Mushroom Soup
SERVES 4. HANDS-ON TIME: 35 MINUTES. TOTAL TIME: 1 HOUR.*
*PLUS 4 HOURS SOAKING TIME.
Just because this isn’t your mama’s canned cream of mushroom doesn’t mean you can’t use it the way she did. It makes a great sauce for Swedish meatballs or chicken pot pie, or even a base for a healthy and quick chicken Marsala. See our ideas (right) for more details on exactly how to use this velvety soup.
1 cup raw unsalted cashews
3 tbsp organic unsalted butter
1 large yellow onion, chopped
½ tsp sea salt + additional to taste
1 lb chopped mixed mushrooms, such as shiitake, crimini and oyster (about 10 cups)
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves + additional for garnish
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 to 2 tsp sherry vinegar, optional
ground black pepper, to taste
1. Place cashews in a medium bowl. Cover with cool water by 1 inch. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours (or overnight). Drain and rinse with cool water.
2. In a large pot on medium, melt butter. Add onion, season with ¼ tsp salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until just turning tender, about 3 minutes. Add mushrooms, season with ¼ tsp salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and golden, about 10 minutes. Add garlic and thyme; sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute.
3. Transfer mushroom mixture to a bowl. Pour broth into pot and bring to a boil, stirring up any browned bits on bottom. Stir in cashews, reduce heat and simmer until nuts are very soft, about 15 minutes. Working in batches if needed, purée in a blender until very smooth.
(TIP: Remove center portion of lid and cover with a clean towel to allow steam to escape.)
4. Pour puréed mixture back into pot. Return mushrooms and any accumulated liquid to pot. Cook over medium-low heat until warmed through. Stir in vinegar (if using). Season with additional salt and pepper.
PER SERVING (¼ of recipe): Calories: 325, Total Fat: 23 g, Sat. Fat: 8 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 10 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3 g, Carbs: 23 g, Fiber: 4 g, Sugars: 6 g, Protein: 14 g, Sodium: 331 mg, Cholesterol: 23 mg