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Mushroom soup

mushroom soup

To be honest I was always a big sceptic when it came to mushroom soup. I never ordered it in a restaurant and I never bought it in the supermarket.  So I decided it was time to change that.

For a chicken penne recipe I bought a lot of mushrooms which I did not use entirely. I had a mix of brown and white champignons left but I am sure that either or would be fine as well. The rest of the ingredients are a simple soup vegetable mix of celery, leek and carrot cooked in chicken stock and finished with fresh cream. I added a little bit of fresh thyme for extra flavor.

Served with homemade bread, that Martin had baked the day before, the soup was absolutely lovely. It has surely changed my mind about mushroom soup.

Level: Easy | Time: 30 minutes | serves 2-3


300 g of mushrooms (mix of white and brown champignons), cut into pieces

1 knob of butter

1 stalk of celery, chopped

1 clove of garlic, finely chopped

1 small carrot, peeled and cut into small pieces

1 small leek, washed and cut into small rings

500 mls chicken stock

100 mls of fresh cream or mascarpone

Salt and Pepper

2 TS of fresh Thyme


  1. Heat the butter in a medium-sized pot and fry the celery, leek, garlic and carrot for 5 minutes on a medium heat. Add fresh thyme, salt and pepper.
  2. Add the mushrooms and allow them to reduce in size before adding the stock.
  3. Cook the soup for 10-15 minutes. Then take the soup off the heat and blend until smooth.
  4. Return the soup to the pot and stir in the cream. Check the seasoning and add salt and pepper if necessary.
  5. Serve the soup in a warm bowl with a dollop of cream or mascarpone and nice white bread.

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I bought a nice piece of smoked haddock at the farmers market on Sunday, and I was really excited to use it in a soup.

I read recipes for smoked haddock soup and have to admit that I was a bit sceptic. I could not really imagine how milk and bay leaved and fish would go together. But I have to tell you the result was amazing! The smoky flavor of the haddock combined with leek and potatoes in a mild stock-milk broth … Yumm!

Level: Easy | Time: 30 minutes | serves 2-4

smoked haddock soup ingredients


Knob of butter

500 ml of milk

500 ml of vegetable stock

Bay leaves (2-3)

Black peppercorns (10)


3 leeks, washed and cut into rings

2 large potatoes cut into small pieces

Smoked haddock (300 grams piece)


Salt and Pepper

smoked haddock soup preparation


  1. Add the bay leave, peppercorn, milk and stock into a pot and bring to a gentle simmer. Make sure the pot is big enough for the piece of haddock you are using.
  2. Melt a knob of butter in a shallow pan and slowly fry the leeks until soft. Add the potatoes and the poaching liquid to the pot and cook for 10 minutes on a low heat, covered.
  3. Flake the haddock into the soup. Make sure you catch any bones and take the skin off.
  4. Check the seasoning; add nutmeg and dill and salt and pepper if necessary.
  5. Serve in warm bowls with a sprinkling of dill!

smoked haddock soup

smoked haddock soup

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