Monday, January 24, 2011

THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS LINKY PARTY #13 (SOUP) and Hummus Mushroom & Potato Soup

The Theme is: Soup

This is one of my first ever totally homemade soups. I've only made two or three other soup recipes, as I am not a huge fan of soup. Living in Southern California there are not many cold nights here and for me to eat soup is has to be really really cold (I think today it was atleast 75+ degrees outside, so NOT soup weather). This soup was of course delicious, and that's why I am blogging about it! It was like WOW DELICIOUS, it tasted so good and I am so glad I made it.

It was kinda of funny, never in a million years would I have cut out a recipe for soup, let-alone a soup called Mushroom-Hummus. I don't like Hummus and I hate mushrooms. My twins like mushrooms, which is one of the only reasons we have them in the house. But, while I was reading the Food Network Magazine I came across this recipe and I just knew we had Hummus (that no one liked) in the refrigerator and we had left-over mushrooms from my girls Mushroom Egg Salad recipe, we made a few days ago. And thus was born an idea to get rid of that left over stuff without going to the store and buying anything else. I almost came up short on the white wine (as I do not drink wine either, but I had one of those individual sparkling wines someone must of left in my refrigerator). The goal is to clean out our refrigerator and pantry to help with this challenge of being on a new-low grocery budget. This is just one of those GREAT steps to savings money, using ingredients you have on hand.

Hummus Mushroom & Potato Soup
recipe has many many changes for our need/taste and to use what we had on hand but was adapted from another recipe seen in Food Network magazine called Jay's Mushroom-Hummus Soup

2 tbsp olive oil
2-4 tbsp diced onions
1 cup of diced fresh mushrooms
kosher salt and pepper
2 tsp minced garlic
2 tbsp white white (we only had sparkling white wine and it worked perfect)
6 cups chicken broth (on hand I had chicken stock and chicken broth, so I mixed them)
4 to 6 potatoes (we peeled them, diced them, then microwaved them for 4 to 6 minutes before adding them in to the soup)
2 tsp Grandma's Salt (or any all-season salt)
3/4 cup hummus
2 tsp lemon juice
2 tbsp parsley
scoop of sour cream

Heat the olive oil in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until soft. Add the mushrooms and season with salt and pepper, cook for approx 10 minutes until they are nice and done but not burnt. Add the garlic and cook for a minute or two. Add the wine and cook for 2 minutes, scraping up any browned bits. (By this time your diced potatoes should be done in the microwave too) Add the diced potatoes, broth and season-salt; simmer for about 30 minutes.

Stir in the hummus into the soup. Then transfer 1/2 of the soup mixture into a blender and puree (remove cap to let steam escape), then return to the sauce pan and simmer for about 15 more minutes. Remove from heat, stir in the lemon juice and parsley. Ladle the soup into bowls and top with sour cream.

(Directions taken from the original recipe from Food Network... I have no idea why it's 3 minutes of this, 1 minute of this and so on and so on. But whatever it does, it made the soup turn out extra extra delicious!)

This post also linked to: Meatless Monday, Just Another Meatless Monday Tuesdays at the Table, Tasty Tuesday Delicious Dishes and Hearth and Soul Hop

Just read about the 5th annual Virtual Soup Swap over at A Southern Fairytale; I think I will drop off some cans today and can't wait to participate in 2012! Awesome Idea!!!
This is a BLOG HOP PARTY so please hop
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  1. Hi! Your post made me laugh. You gotta give a girl credit for creativity and flexibility! The end result recipe sounds really, really good. Nice job!

  2. Love soup when it's cold out. Not as bad here as some places, but windy!!

  3. I love soups, I try to cook them about once a week when it's cold. It helps me use up leftover veggies in the fridge and it's usually quick and easy!

  4. Well I love mushrooms and hummus, so I will try this!

  5. I love soup, so here's a good spot to find some new recipes. Thanks for hosting!


  6. How fun! I love blog hops. It's so much fun to find new, wonderful recipes from real people all over the world!
    I looooooove soup, but I know what you mean about warm weather not being condusive to soup. I live in Phoenix! ;) On the rare occasion that it falls below 60F degrees, I make soup just as fast as I can! ;)

  7. p.s. I'm so excited I've found your blog and am your newest happy follower. If you would like, I would really enjoy hearing from you or joining my site, Simply Healthy Family!

  8. I'm not a mushroom fan in the slightest BUT I have to admit your soup looks delicious! I'll have to try it.

    Thanks for sharing at the hearth and soul hop.

  9. I think that this is one of those recipes that I just have to try because my brain can't seem to get a grip on what it might taste like. Sounds good to me, and hooray for a good clean out the fridge meal, those are the best. Thanks for sharing with the Hearth and Soul hop.


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