Saturday, 7 June 2008

As it seems to want to stay winter.....

I made a real winter soup for dinner last night.
What is with this weather. They had a humid 35C+ day in Southern Ontario and we are getting 12C and rain! Go figure. Please, please, weather gods, let Spring and Summer happen this year.

Anyway back to my soup. I had some Aduki Beans that I cooked up earlier in the week waiting to be used, and I roasted some garlic when I did my lunchtime baked potato, so combined the two with a selection of mushrooms. It made for a very substantial, hearty, woodsy, meal of a soup. One I will keep in the repertoire I think!

If you don't like mushrooms - look away now.
Mushroom, Aduki Bean and Roasted Garlic Soup
Serves 4 as a starter (2 as a dinner with bread)

½ C dried Porcini Mushrooms
1 C Boiling Water
1 Medium Onion – finely chopped
3 cloves Garlic – grated
1 head Roasted Garlic – squeezed out and chopped if required
1 Portobello – finely chopped (about 2 C)
3 large White Mushrooms – finely chopped (about 2 C)
1 C Shiitake Mushrooms – stems removed and finely chopped
2 C Cooked Aduki Beans
1 t dried Thyme
1 Bayleaf
1 T Soy Sauce
3 C Mushroom Stock (from cubes - or vegetable if you don’t have mushroom)

In a small bowl combine the porcini mushrooms and boiling water. Cover and stand 10 minutes. Drain reserving both liquid and mushrooms – finely chop mushrooms.
In a large soup pot over medium heat sauté the onion, garlic and roasted garlic for about 10 minutes.
Add in all the mushrooms (porcini, portobello, white and shiitake) and sauté 10 minutes.
Then add in all the remaining ingredients, including the reserved porcini liquid, and cook at a low boil for about 30 minutes.
Using either an immersion blender or standard food processor, blend half the soup to a creamy, smooth consistency, returning to the pot to combine with the remainder. Reheat as required. Season to taste.


Manda said...

This is just too amazing. I love mushrooms. I love aduki beans. I love roasted garlic. I love soup.


Courtney said...

Mmmmm...that sounds fabulous. Unfortunately, we skipped spring and went straight to summer here--it is humid and hot and not exactly soup weather! I'll remember this though...


Carla said...

Please, send some summer this way! I don't mind it being cold and wet, in wintertime! but June is too much.

Maureen said...

Trust me, we Southern Ontarians aren't basking in the warm sun rays... more like frying! The heat got really vicious over the weekend--40C with the humidex, and I for one would kill for a reprieve.
Great pics!!