Now, before you shy away from this soup because there are mushrooms in it, listen to this. I had my sister try it and she liked it! Kate is the queen of hating mushrooms and the only way you can get her to try something that has them is by tricking her. She's really good at figuring out by our grins that we're trying to make her eat hidden mushrooms but this time it worked. Anyways, for all of you non-mushroom-lovers out there keep reading. So this recipe started out as just a plain vegetable/chicken soup type deal, but after I kept finding more and more veggies it completely transformed. Pretty much when you add mushrooms, the texture changes so much you can't keep pretending it's just any other veggie soup. Anyways, the result is delicious and I hope you'll give it a try! It's a great soup for this time of year when it's cold outside and you need something to boost your immune system. Curl up on the couch with some comfy socks and this soup and enjoy-- I know you will!
Spicy Mushroom Veggie Soup
- 6 small white 'button' mushrooms ( I used Trader Joe's white button mushrooms)
- 2 celery stalks, diced
- 2 handfuls shredded carrots-- chopped
- 1/2 cup roasted corn
- 1/2 cup shredded broccoli stalks (I used broccoli slaw from Trader Joes)
- 1/4- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/4 tsp celery salt
- 1 tsp parsley flakes
- 1/4-1/2 tsp garlic powder
- sea salt and pepper to taste
- deli turkey chopped, about 1/2 cup (don't worry about this if you don't have any on hand-- I just happened to throw it in and it worked surprisingly well)
- 2-4 cups chicken broth
- extra virgin olive oil
Sauté until they break down and the celery becomes somewhat translucent, carrots soften.
Stir and cook for about another 2 minutes. Don't be afraid to add more olive oil or butter if the veggies are getting too dry. Turn off heat. Scoop out about 3/4 of the mixture and place in food processor. Blend until creamy/smooth. It should have a similar consistency to hummus dip.
Top with parsley flakes and crackers. I used Trader Joe's Gorgonzola flavored oven crisp crackers but you can use anything!
Olive oil- great for heart, skin, brain
Carrots- great for vision, Vitamin K
Broccoli- fibre, calcium, vitamin A, folic acid
Bonne Sante et Bon appetit!