Sunday, 19 June 2011

Creamy Broccoli and Mushroom Soup




It's officially summer here and it is the best time you can have in the UK. It’s bright, days are longer, warmer and lots of colours around you. Fruits, birds and not forget, creepy insects are also in plenty during this time of the year.  It is also one time of the year where you get to see lots of children playing outside, chitchatting, racing and all the fun. My son is really enjoying the change, weather, his newly acquainted friends and so am I. He spends lot of time in the nearby park, with the neighbourhood kids and yet is full of energy. It’s just me who gets exhausted and drained by the end of day running behind him as he als started crying for every little silly things! He’s never been like that before, and I assume it’s all part of attention seeking drama. Even though I am quite aware of his ploy, I get fooled every single time. Sigh!



About the soup, I came across this Mushroom and Broccoli soup prepared by my friend Shami. To talk about shami, she is a great cook and a fantastic baker and she owns her own Empire in Facebook. She claims I was her inspiration, but looks like she is on a marathon and I can’t  be any way close to her. She is fast! She cooks on regular basis, post it on FB and all I couldd do is sit and watch her cook and grow!  I had some good amount of mushrooms sitting in the fridge on the edge of decaying, and so I planned to make shami’s soup. The dinner was fixed and I knew it was going to be easy; it is a mushroom and broccoli soup.  I knew I was going to modify it my own way and that is just the way I am. I can’t follow a recipe religiously even though I had failed miserably many a times making changes that are not really required. Here, I added potato, cheese , nutmeg and stock cubes. Simple to make (apart from chopping broccoli and slicing mushrooms) and it was so delicious with my high expectations. I am not a great fan of the earthy flavour of mushrooms, but something has  wrapped that taste up and it was just so perfect for me – Creamy, rich-tasting, yet light, busting with flavours and simply satisfying!
 

Creamy Broccoli and Mushroom Soup
Serves 10 -12 as Starter
Preparation time: 10-15 mins
Cooking time: 20 - 25mins

Ingredients:
4 cups chopped broccoli, 320 g
4 cups sliced mushrooms, 300g (I used closed cup mushrooms, u can easily use button mushrooms)
1 large onion chopped, 1 cup, 135g
6 cloves of garlic, sliced
1 medium potato,140g, cut into 1 cm cubes, almost a cup
2 ½ cubes of Knorr vegetable bouillon cubes (Stock cubes)
3 cups of semi skimmed milk or whole milk
2-3 cups hot water
A good pinch of grated nutmeg, around 1/8 th of a nutmeg
½ cup grated mild cheddar cheese
6 tbsp soft butter
A dash of olive oil
1/3 cup plain flour
Salt and freshly crushed pepper to taste

Preparation:
1.Heat 2 tbsp butter in a large frying pan or saucepan. Throw in chopped onion, garlic and potatoes and 1 vegetable bouillon cube. Sauté till onions go soft and potatoes are half cooked, for about 7 minutes.

2. Add in chopped broccoli and sliced mushroom, stir, cover it and let it cook on gentle heat until broccoli is cooked through, yet slightly crunch, for another 6-7 minutes.

3. Tip the cooked vegetable into a bowl. Rinse the saucepan and then heat rest of butter until melted. Add in the flour and keep stirring for a minute. Turn off the heat. Let it cool down for a minute, then add in milk. Stir it well with a wire whisk to breakdown all lumps of dough. Return it back to heat, crumble in the rest of vegetable stock cubes, and simmer by stirring occasionally until it boils.

4. Add in boiling water and bring it to boil again. Simmer for 2 minutes and then add in all the cokked vegetables. Simmer for a further couple of minutes to bring in the flavour of teh vegetables to the milk.

5. Grate in nutmeg, stir well. Turn off the heat and then add grated cheddar and just mix in. Adjust the seasoning if need be and serve hot with lot of crushed black pepper alongside any rustic bread like ciabatta, baguette or garlic bread.

N.B:. I haven't added any salt here as the Bouillon cubes are really salty.

39 comments:

shamiagafoor said...

ente kannu muzhuvan bowl l aanu moleyy ,,nice colour compination ,,

Hari Chandana said...

Looks absolutely inviting.. beautiful presentation !!
Indian Cuisine

fatinaz said...

Girl your are GEM ,Loving it

Ms.Chitchat said...

Beautifully flavoured soup,loved the creamy texture.

Mallugirl said...

we are on sync, shab.. broccoli over there too! when u made chicken vadas. i had kozhi ada!!whats next.?:))

Jay said...

love d gorgeous clicks...awesome recipe again..:)
Tasty Appetite

Fajeeda said...

delicious creamy soup dear......pinne bowls athinte karyam parayem venda......kannidunilla athu oru kedum koodathe irikkatte....hehehe.....

An Open Book said...

i am totally loving the pathrams..good find and lovely colours...i also like that weathered surface..wood aano?

Btw i love mushroom soup but adding broc in it i am not sure id like...my husband is such a sucker for broc..mayb in winter il give this a go:)

and weather...its horrible here raining and so col :(






Dr.Sameena Prathap
said...

Yummy bowl of soup...Gorgeous clicks...:)

Dr.Sameena@

http://www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com/

Biny Anoop said...

ooo wow i love that shab...i haven't made the mushroom and broccoli 2gether

Rinku Naveen said...

Shabs adipoli bowl aanallo. Love that colour. Healthy soup too..
Me too not a big fan of mushrooms now that you recommend will surely give it a try. :)

Sharmilee! :) said...

Broccoli and mushroom is an awesome combination...looks yum

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Delicious looking healthy soup. Excellent preparation.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Priya said...

Very inviting and irresistible creamy soup,simply delicious..

Ramya Bala said...

Tats a healthy combination and looks very YUMMM!!!

Vardhini said...

Yummy soup .. my son would love it.

Vardhini
Event: Dish it Out - Spinach and Garlic
Event: Healthy Lunchbox Ideas - Broccoli

Nitha said...

enteyum kannu bowl il thanne udakki :) Looks so creamy and yummy.. but not sure how much I would like this.. Am not a great fan of broccoli & mushrooms...

divya said...

Seriously am drooling over that delicious soup,simply mouthwatering here..

SravsCulinaryConcepts said...

Yummy and healthy soup !! amazing clicks !!

Umm Mymoonah said...

The bowls looks lovely Shabs and off course soup too..

shanida shajid said...

Ethra nalla dish aanelum i think
presenting also playsan important part..here .....its tooo gud yaar..really....u had a gud collection of crockery....keep it up....i simply loved it...superb...& about the soup....i will try it & let u know..

shanida shajid said...

wow...looking soo gud...nice photography...i will say a gud cook should b a gud phototographer too...u r shabs..nice bowl,nice colour combi...superb..

Prathibha said...

such a unique combo..looks good n nice color..

Priti said...

Nice combo ...n looks fab ...

Priya Sreeram said...

this looks wow and fab clicks !!

Zareena said...

Looks stunning. Nice combination of broccoli and mushroom.

Kairali sisters said...

Beautiful props Shabs and about the soup, am so loving it as broc and mushrooms both are my fav..

Suman Singh said...

I've never tried this combo before but that looks so refreshing and delicious..loved the pics!!

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

wow, that look so rich, creamy and delicious. I also love your serving bowl :)

Jehanne said...

Shabs
Thanx for being my first follower! Totally appreciate it, I dont know why the comment section is not working, seems like my new blog is still not known to anybody:-(
So as a thank-you, I dedicated my recent post to you, check it out, and try it out!

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

woww... absolutely amazing.... wonderful snap Shab's

meeso said...

Wonderful! I miss all the blogs, I haven't been visiting or blogging for awhile and I need to catch up so bad! Enjoy the summer :)

Sarah said...

I love ur soup bowls!!!! As well as the colour combination in the pics! awesome!!! And this looks like a lovely and hearty soup!

miri goes phishing! said...

i love broccoli in all forms n' have been meaning to try a soup...just never having fresh stock has made me put it off...seeing how rich n' creamy this looks...i just wanna give it a try soon...:)

Rookie Qookie said...

The pics look stunning and I must say it's a healthy combo :)

Manju said...

love the rustic feeling soup bowls! and of course, love the soup too :)

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Madhuri said...

made this soup today, and turn FAB! every loved it. thumbs up. but in recipe it is not mention when do have to mix olive oil. i also forgot to add olive oil. but without it also taste is great. Thank you for sharing.

Ying said...

Just made this soup today. It tasted AMAZING! I just had my wisdom teeth removed 2 days ago so I was searching for a creamy soup without chunks. I modified the recipe to use a processor instead of chopping the veggies into pieces. And after everything is cooked I used an immersion blender to blend it more. The soup turned out amazing!

One thing I might have messed up is I used 2 packs of the Knorr homestyle stock bouillon instead of bouillon cubes, the soup was a bit on the salty side. Shab, how much salt is in one cube of you bouillon?

Awesome recipe! Highly recommended!

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