Mushroom broth with herby ciabatta croutons

    35 minutes

    A mixture of fresh mushrooms is good for making a quick soup that tastes really special.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 small onion, finely chopped
    • 1 small fennel bulb, finely chopped
    • 1 garlic clove, chopped
    • 500 g mixed fresh mushrooms, roughly chopped
    • 1 litre boiling water
    • 1 ½ vegetable stock cubes, crumbled
    • salt and pepper
    • For the croutons
    • 8 thin slices ciabatta bread or other crusty white bread
    • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
    • 2 tbsp chopped fresh mint

    Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:35min 

    1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the onion and fennel and cook over a high heat for 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until slightly softened. Stir in the garlic and mushrooms. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, for a further 5 minutes. Pour in the boiling water and stir in the stock cubes. Bring back to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer the soup, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
    2. Meanwhile, preheat the grill to moderate. To make the croutons, brush the slices of ciabatta bread lightly on both sides with the oil and toast them under the grill for about 1 minute on each side or until golden. Cut the bread into cubes and place in a bowl. Add the parsley and mint and toss well.
    3. Taste the soup and add seasoning if necessary. Ladle the soup into bowls. Sprinkle with the parsley and mint croutons and serve at once.

    Some more ideas…

    For a rich and creamy version of this soup, thicken with an egg yolk and cream mixture. Whisk 1 egg yolk with 2 tbsp cream until lightly mixed. When the soup is cooked and croutons prepared, remove the pan from the heat and stir a ladleful of soup into the mixture. Pour the mixture into the pan and stir over a low heat for about 30 seconds. Do not allow the soup to get too hot and start to simmer or the egg yolk will curdle. Serve at once. * Use 3 finely chopped celery stalks instead of the fennel.

    Health points

    In Asian cultures, mushrooms are renowned for their ability to boost the immune system, and the Chinese have used mushrooms medicinally for over 6000 years. Mushrooms are a useful source of the B vitamins B6, folate and niacin, as well as copper. * Brushing slices of bread with oil and toasting under the grill before cutting them into cubes is a good way to make low-fat, crisp croutons.

    Each serving provides

    GI estimate high.

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    Used different ingredients. Instead of the fennel, I used a mixture of celery and fennel seeds. Added mushroom soy to add more depth and saltiness.  -  24 Jan 2010


    Tried this again for the second time, the first wasn't great but the second time was amazing. Really easy and full of flavour. Did some alterations however.  -  24 Jan 2010