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"Good manners: The noise you don't make when you're eating soup."
-Bennett Cerf, Publisher

The refrigerator light goes on...

I do love Cream of Mushroom soup. It is savory, a bit sweet, warm and fulfilling. Perfect for a cool winter's night. The goat cheese enriches this soup and the tarragon gives it a lovely herbaceous hint.

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You can use a traditional blender for soups but a stick blender will make life so much easier for you. Some manufacturers call this an immersion blender because the head of the blender is immersed in whatever you wish to blend. The one caution is to wait for hot recipes, such as soup, to cool a bit before blending.

Place the bottom of the blender against the bottom of the pot or bowl. This actually forms a slight suction and foods will tend to splash less. If I know I am going to use my stick blender, I try to use a pot or bowl with higher sides to reduce any spatter.

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Cream of Mushroom Soup



Servings = 4 | Serving size =about 1 1/2 cups

Cooking Time = 75 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

This recipe can be divisible by 2.

This recipe makes good leftovers.

2 tsp olive oil
2 lbs crimini mushrooms (sliced)
1 medium onion (diced)
3 cups water
1/8 tsp dried tarragon
1/4 tsp salt
fresh ground black pepper (to taste)
1 cup 2% milk
1 Tbsp cornstarch
1 ounce goat cheese

Cream of Mushroom SoupPlace one teaspoon of olive oil in a medium skillet over medium high heat. Add 1/2 pound of the sliced mushrooms and cook, tossing frequently, until the mushrooms are well browned (about 20 minutes). When these are done, set them aside for later.

While the sliced mushrooms are cooking, add the other teaspoon of olive oil to a medium sauce pan and place over medium high heat. Add the onions and cook for about 2 minutes, stirring frequently.

Add the remaining 1 1/2 pound of sliced mushrooms. Cook, stirring frequently, for about 20 minutes and then add the water. Reduce the heat until the soup is simmering and cook for about 20 minutes.

Turn off the heat and add the tarragon, salt and pepper, then using a stick blender puree until smooth.

In a small bowl, mix the cornstarch with the milk, whisking until smooth.

Place the pureed soup over medium heat, then add the milk and simmer, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes until the soup begins to thicken.

Add the goat cheese. When it has melted add the reserved sautéed mushrooms and stir, then serve.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size = about 1 1/2 cups

Servings = 4

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Amount Per Serving

Calories 176 Calories from Fat 51
  % Daily Value
Total Fat 6g 13%
    Saturated Fat 3g 10%
    Monounsaturated Fat 3g  
    Trans Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 240mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 20g 7%
    Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
    Sugars 10g  
Protein 11g  
Vitamin A 2% Vitamin C 5%
Calcium 19% Iron 7%
Vitamin K 2 mcg Potassium 1210 mg
Magnesium 39 mg