05 June 2009

Earthy Mushroom & Baby Leaf Soup




Earthy Mushroom & Baby Leaf Soup

1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
10 large field/portabello mushrooms, chopped
1 beetroot, shredded
2 handfuls baby spinach
1 handful red chard
3 cups vegetable stock
1 tbsp dried chives
1 tbsp dried parsley
1 tsp dried basil
salt and freshly ground black pepper


Saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil until the onion has softened and is translucent. Next add the mushrooms and cook for a few more minutes, before adding the beetroot. Now through in the leaves and stir in. They will begin to wilt immediately. Pour in the stock and add the herbs. Leave to simmer gently for 20 minutes before seasoning with the salt and pepper.

I used raw beetroot, but the soup would be equally good with cooked beetroot and you could change the leaves and herbs about a bit too.

This is my entry for this month's No Croutons Required. If you would like to join, then submit your own soup or salad containing leaves before the 20th June 2009. You will find the guidelines here.

Now that's done, I think I am going to go and chew on some salad leaves before turning in to bed. My insomnia is just awful just now. You may have noticed I haven't been around much, but I digress, lettuce is supposed to induce sleep. So here goes!

24 comments:

  1. Delicious! Love your use of Mushrooms. Somehow i would have never thought about something like this, but that's the fun of blogging:-) give your brain a rest & still get wonderful ideas.

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  2. Your combination of mushrooms, beets and greens is making me really hungry. It looks so good.

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  3. lettuce to help you sleep! whatever happened to a mug of horlicks?

    I hope you aren't kept awake thinking about how delicious this soup is and just counting down the hours til morning so you can have it for breakfast :-)

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  4. Insomnia? How awful. Can't imagine. Soothing, sleepy thoughts to you.

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  5. Wow, that looks so rich and flavourful.

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  6. Wow - that sure looks earthy! Full of good stuff, too. I love it.

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  7. Looks tasty, healthy and not heavy -- and I love that spoon!

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  8. Love the spoon! And the combination of mushrooms and beets sounds delicious. Hope you were able to get a good sleep!

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  9. Of course you know I just love this entry. Mushrooms and beetroot is a terrific combination.

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  10. Hi Soma, I will add mushrooms to just about any dish, given the chance!

    Thanks Andrea :)

    Hi Maybelle's Mom, it was. Lovely rich flavours.

    I have never gotten the hang of horlicks Johanna and as to the lettuce, apparently it contains an opiate-like substance called lactucin, which encourages good sleep.

    Thanks Wendy, I am willing to try anything!

    Thanks Mango Cheeks :)

    I am glad you like it Spaghetti :)

    Everyone love my spoon Joan, I just wish I could remember where I got it!

    Thanks Wheeler :)

    I got some sleep Ashley, which is a plus, but not nearly enough.

    Hey I knew you would Lisa. We are the mushroom queens!

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  11. yummm mashrooms and greens.. my favourites :D this soup rili sound fabulous :)

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  12. A lovely use of green in this original soup Jacqueline. Hope your insomnia subsides soon and you are blissfully dreaming:D

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  13. That looks fab and I can just about imagine all the strong earthy flavours coming together.

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  14. That is a bowl of earthy goodness. Yum!

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  15. Wow - what in intense colour, you can see how packed with flavour it would be!

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  16. This mushroom soup sound s really good. Nice and tasty and healthy.

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  17. Tagged you for a meme, Jacqueline. Save it for a rainy, non-sleepy day. x

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  18. What a fantastic combination of ingredients! I can't wait to try this.

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  19. Yum. This IS a great combo. I've done great borschts with beets... but never thought about the addition of an earthy shroom componant. I really love the thought of this!

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  20. I just love all these ingredients, Holler! That soup broth looks so wonderfully earthy!

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  21. Such an interesting combination of ingredients and flavors...looks yummie!

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  22. Thanks Nora :)

    I am trying to get there Val :)

    It was really good Sylvie and a nice change from my usual soups.

    It was Dana :)

    Hi CC, It is pretty, isn't it? I like that the colour of the beetroot leaked into the soup.

    I was really quite pleased with it Kevin and I was able to use up ingredients I had sitting in the fridge.

    Thanks Wendy, I will have a look, although I don't know when I am likely to have one of those days!

    I hope you enjoy it Diann :)

    Hey Lo, I have never tried borscht. I must get around to it.

    Thanks Jenn :)

    Thank you Juliana :)

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