Today's recipe remix is a thicker, creamier, protein-packed version of the Mushroom Brie Soup I posted last month. I think the pilot and the amazon both scoffed when they learned that I'd be adding beans to the soup. You might be scoffing too! I, however, am smiling because not only did it work, its freaking delicious too! *cue yet another obnoxious happy dance*
Creamy Mushroom Brie White Bean Soup
[yields two large bowls or four smaller ones]
what's in it?
1 pkg [8oz] button mushrooms, sliced
1 pkg [8oz] baby bella portobella mushrooms, sliced
1 [15oz] can of cannellini beans [or whip them up from scratch!]
4-8oz of brie cheese, rind removed
1.5 cups vegetable stock
1 cup onion, minced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 cup of dairy [heavy cream, half and half, evap. milk, coconut or almond milk]
1-2 TBSP your favorite healthy oil [ex: avocado, olive, or coconut]
2 TBSP cream cheese, room temperature or melted
1 bay leaf
1/4 tsp basil
2 cranks of black pepper
1/4 tsp salt
a pinch of parsley and red pepper flakes, to taste
vegansarus chefs skip and/or sub the dairy and add wilted kale or spinach
brontosaurus chefs make as written above or add kale/spinach too
t-rex chefs feel free to use chicken broth or stock if desired - resist urge to add bacon
Gouda makes an excellent sub for the brie if needed!
Serving Suggestion: whip up some crusty garlic bread or toasts to go alongside the soup!
Drizzle a little olive/avocado/coconut oil at the bottom of a large pot/pan and saute mushrooms until tender, adding the minced garlic towards the end. While that's cooking, add your white beans and onion to a pot with veggie stock and bring to a boil. Reduce to medium-low heat and add a bay leaf, 1/4 tsp of salt, a crank or two of black pepper, 1/4 tsp of basil and a pinch of red pepper flakes [optional] and simmer for around 15-20 minutes. Once the flavors have had some time to mingle, remove the bay leaf and puree the beans/broth [in batches if needed!] with an immersion blender [or a vitamix-type blender] until the beans are creamy and perfectly smooth. Return to the pot and add your sauteed mushrooms and garlic along with the basil, parsley, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper to simmer along with your soup.
Next grab your dairy. All I had on hand was some coconut milk creamer [thickened, unsweetened coconut cream] so I added a little cream cheese to add extra creaminess to the broth. If you're using half and half or heavy cream you can skip the cream cheese. [or go nuts and add both - up to you!] Reduce heat so it's at the lowest setting and stir in your dairy of choice. I added the thickened coconut milk and cream cheese this time. Remove pot from heat entirely and stir in your cubed brie, stirring constantly as it melts. Taste test, adjust brie and seasonings as desired and serve alongside some crusty garlic bread for a filling and flavorful lunch or dinner! It also makes a great starter to any meal, simple serve up smaller bowls!
If you've been reading, you know it's definitely happy-dance worthy. If you haven't been reading you should probably go sit in the corner =) I'll be in the other corner continuing my happy dance. Love. This. Soup! Though by normal standards it may make 4 servings... P and I split the pot and called it a day. The funny part was that I was in utter denial over finishing the soup in a sitting. Surely there were leftovers! I must have dreamt of them because when I raided the fridge the following day looking for leftovers, I came up empty handed. I need to buy more mushrooms. And Brie. Oh brie!
So I think after I get one last soup recipe out of my system I'm going to return to my adventures in baking! You can expect lots of breads and muffins with a few cookies and scones sprinkled in for good measure. I also have a few healthy veggie side dishes and entrees that I've been recipe testing and I may or may not a bit of good news that I will reveal the second it's unjinxable. Let's pretend that's a real word. Along with fanfreakingtastic.... As in, I hope you had a fanfreakingtasting weekend and are ready to kick this week's butt! And eat your veggies. Always.
OoOh! and in case you actually *do* want more soup in your face, try these:
Has anyone else gone soup-nanas? I can't be the only nutjob dreaming of the stuff!