Sunday, April 26, 2009

Tomato Mushroom Soup




Soup serves as a perfect appetizer and can be had at any time of the day. During cold winters it feels refreshing to have a bowl of hot and spicy soup. Though many believe that intake of soup increases the appetite and leads to more consumption of entrée , recent researchers have proved otherwise-the choice of appetizer determines the overall appetite.

Soup may be served as an appetizer or even as a main course depending on the type. For me soup serves as a perfect entree for dinner along with bread rolls/toasted crunchy or seasoned bread especially on weekends after having a heavy lunch. Right from my childhood days tomato soup has been one of my favourites. Having decided to make tomato soup, I searched for tomatoes in the refrigerator when my eye fell on few left over mushrooms.I decided to make a Tomato-Mushroom soup instead. Easy to prepare with minimum effort this is my last resort when I feel lazy to cook up something, at the same time,don't feel like dining out too!

Ingredients:
3 ripe big tomatoes chopped
Mushrooms- 5 oz(approx 140g)
1/2 white onion chopped into small pieces
2 celery stalks chopped
6-7 basil leaves chopped
Green onions(Spring onions)- 4 chopped
3/4 tsp garlic salt
2 cups chicken broth(you may use vegetable broth too)
1/2 cup milk
Italian seasoning- 1 tsp
Ground pepper
Salt to taste
2 tbsp butter
Croutons/Toasted crunchy bread

Method:
  • In a large saucepan add chopped tomatoes, white onion, celery and basil.
  • Add chicken broth, garlic salt, ground pepper and enough salt.
  • Heat and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and cook with a closed lid for about 25-30 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, cool and blend well. You may strain the mixture after blending if you wish.Keep aside.
  • In the same saucepan used for cooking heat 1 tbsp butter.
  • Add chopped mushrooms and saute until cooked.
  • Add 1 tbsp butter and add the blended mixture along with milk.
  • Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low-medium and continue cooking.
  • Add Italian seasoning, half of chopped green onions and mix well.
  • Cook until the soup has turned thick or has reached the consistency you wish to have.
  • Remove from heat, garnish with the remaining chopped green onions and Italian seasoning.
  • Serve hot with croutons/Toasted crunchy bread.

This goes to CKF-Tomato hosted by Rinku of Cooking in Westchester and started by Sharmi of Neivedyam.



Pooja.

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21 comments:

Kalyani said...

pooja,

love tomato soup ... with mushroom is new to me ... thanks for the post . will try some time .

Pooja said...

Healthy post pooja..Nice color..looks nice with that toasted bread..

Vicky Xavier. said...

Soup with croutons topped makes me drooling. Nice recipe dear.

Pooja said...

Thanks Kalyani, Pooja, Vicky for your lovely words :)

Sweta said...

A nutrition packed soup-tomatoes are loaded with lycopene and mushrooms have recently been shown to fight breast cancer!!Great combo :)

Pooja said...

Oh wow..Thanks a lot for sharing the info Sweta :) Would make it a point to make often :)

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

LOve the idea of tomato and mushrooms looks great a appetizing too,,,

SAILAJA said...

Soup looks good....i haven't tried any soups yet.Is the bread toast home made?

VineelaSiva said...

Nice soup looks tempting.I love tomato soup with mushrooms.

Smitha said...

Never had tomato soup with mushroom . Good one Pooja

Priyameena said...

Beautiful Presentation!!Nice to have this soup with warm toast..

Prathibha said...

First time here..Nice blog..Loved teh addition of mushrooms to tomato soup.

Pooja said...

Thanks Ramya :)
Ms.Sailaja, yes the toast was home made.
Thanks Vineela,Smitha,Priya :)
Thanks Prathibha..and welcome :)

Purva Desai said...

Nice combo.....and soothing soup

Pooja said...

Thanks Purva :)

Valarmathi said...

Nice combo. Healthy and yummy.

Pooja said...

Thanks Valarmathi :)

Divya Vikram said...

Mushroo n tomato in a soup sounds like a yummy combo!

Pooja said...

Thanks Divya :)

Sree vidya said...

Nice recipe Pooja!
Will give it a try

Pooja said...

Thanks Vidya :)