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Mushroom soup with crunchy croutons

Even if you’re cooking for one, this soup is great for freezing, or it can be kept for a couple of days in the fridge. The earthy flavour is rich and satisfying, and the croutons and Greek yoghurt add extra flavour and fortifying calories.

mushroom soup
 Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients
500g mushrooms

2 tablespoons olive oil

6 shallots, chopped
1 clove of garlic, crushed
2 sprigs of thyme, leaves only
salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 litre chicken or vegetable stock

2 slices of thick bread, cut into small cubes
a drizzle of virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons Greek-style natural yoghurt

Method
Preheat the oven to 180°C/Gas Mark 4.

Chop the mushrooms into quarters. Fry in the oil in a pan until browned.

Add the shallots, garlic, thyme and seasoning, and sauté, without browning the shallots, until soft.

Add the stock to the pan and simmer for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the croutons. Put the cubes of bread into a small bowl and drizzle with the olive oil. Mix lightly with your fingers.

Put the croutons on to a baking tray and place in the oven for about 10 minutes, until golden brown. You may need to turn them over a couple of times with a wooden spoon to make sure they’re toasted all over.

To finish the soup, blend with a handheld blender or in a liquidiser, until smooth.

Stir in the yoghurt and reheat before serving with some croutons on top.

Tip
I think wholemeal or granary bread makes the tastiest croutons, but white can be fine too, especially as you already have some fibre in the soup.

Wild foraged mushrooms
 

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