Mushroom and Artichoke Soup

The chill in the air this weekend made it the perfect time to enjoy a hearty soup.  With both mushrooms and artichokes on hand, we decided to put our own twist on a mushroom soup…

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Unsalted butter

Extra virgin olive oil

1 sweet onion, sliced

1 quart baby portobello mushrooms, chopped with stems removed

5 chestnuts, peeled and cooked

12 ounce jar of artichoke hearts, drained

3 pieces crystallized ginger

4 cups chicken stock

Half and half

Sea salt

Fresh ground pepper

In a medium saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons of butter with 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat.  Add the onion and cook until it softens and becomes translucent.  Then, add the mushrooms and chestnuts, cooking for about 7 minutes.

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Next, add the artichoke hearts, ginger and chicken stock.  Stir and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

After cooling for several minutes, transfer the mixture to a blender and blend at high speed until smooth.  Return the soup to the saucepan and add a few splashes of half and half to your desired consistency.  Also season with salt and pepper.  Bring the soup to a simmer again before serving.

Garnish with sprigs of thyme and serve with some crusty bread and olive oil for dipping.

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