Adieu and farewell, Campbell mushroom soup! Home-made mushroom soup has very minute amounts of sodium. The amount of sodium depends on your broth. Of course, you could substitute the chicken broth for vegetarian broth. (Disclaimer: I haven’t tried that yet, but it’s what I would do if I had vegetarian guests.)
Grandma’s Touch is an amazing cookbook. Instructions are easy to follow; ingredients are easily accessible. Its Cream of Mushroom soup recipe is a keeper. Recipe doubles well; you can freeze unused portions for cooking; etc. Fortunately, I had the privilege of making this soup twice this week! A girlfriend tasted it at lunch today; let’s just say we ended up making it in her kitchen later in the evening. So, it’s double-tested. During the first time I made it, I crushed the bay leaf eagerly in my mortar, as instructed, but you can’t really munch on dried bay leaf. My main food critic (aka boyfriend) told me to take it out when done, next time.
CREAM OF MUSHROOM SOUP (yields 6 cups)
1 lb. mushrooms (500 g)
2 tbsp. butter (30 mL)
4 cups chicken broth (1 L) (Approximately almost one carton of Campbell’s chicken broth — if you choose to take a shortcut)
1 cup finely chopped celery
1/2 cup finely chopped onion (which is approximately half of one yellow onion)
1/4 cup chopped parsley; (if you are using dried parsley, a few teaspoons or pinches should suffice)
1 bay leaf, crushed; (crush it only if it’s fresh; otherwise use it and remember to remove it)
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
2 cups light cream (Note: NOT half and half cream)
- Finely chop half of the mushrooms. Slice the other half.
- In a large skillet, saute the mushrooms in butter. Add chicken broth, celery, onion, parsley and bay leaf. Simmer for 20 minutes.
In a saucepan, melt the remaining butter. Stir in flour; gradually add light cream. Cook over low heat, stirring until smooth and thick.
- Add sauce to mushroom mixture (from step 2). Cook while stirring until smooth and thick.
- Serve immediately or cool and freeze in 1 1/2 cup portions for use in recipes calling for a can of mushroom soup. (Canning jars would be good to have around the house.)