It's been CHILLY around here lately. It was cold, then it warmed up and finally snowed and now back to 15 below. Brrrrr. When it's cold you need warm, hot, melty goodness to warm the very soul. Or at least I do. I was casting about thinking of dinner the other night and the miserable cold and I wanted French Onion Soup yet we didn't have cheese, bread or good grief even onions. I immediately put all of those ingredients on my shopping list. Finally, last night was the night.
I decided to add a bunch of mushrooms to the soup to bulk it up a little bit, round it out a bit. I used 3 baby bellas, about palm size, a good cup of creminis and a some dried porcinis I ground up. WOW. I will never make it any other way again. The mushrooms were tender, meaty delicious and made for a broth so delicious it didn't need any added beef broth.
Recipe note--grind the dried porcinis in a coffee grinder that's been well wiped out or buy porcini powder-Thanks to my good friend Stephanie who turned me on to porcini powder-tum
French Onion and Mushroom Soup
Yes yes yes. French onion soup definitely benefits from a healthy dose of mushrooms. I'm never going back to a version without it. Why don't you share a meatless recipe?? If you do you'll earn ANOTHER entry into my KitchenAid Mixer giveaway!
Did you know that white mushrooms, cremini mushrooms, baby bellas and portabellos are all the same kind mushrooms?? Well they are, each one has just been left to grow a bit longer and they get a meatier texture with age.
Peace and Love--