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15-minute Creamy Mushroom Soup

Big in taste but not in effort, this 15-minute mushroom soup flavoured with garlic and fresh parsley is the perfect last-minute meal in the middle of a busy week when you want something delicious but don’t have the energy to cook. 

Serves: 4                    Prep time: 5 minutes                 Cook time: 15 minutes

You’ll need: 

  • 4 tsp vegetable stock powder (or 1½ vegetable stock cubes)
  • 400g chestnut or closed-cup mushrooms, roughly chopped
  • 1 large onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 large garlic clove, crushed
  • Small handful of fresh parsley
  • 200g low fat soft cheese
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • freshly ground black pepper

Method:  

  1. Measure 900ml of just-boiled water into a large saucepan. Add the stock powder or stock cubes and stir until dissolved, then add the mushrooms, onion and garlic. Add most of the parsley, reserving a few sprigs for garnish – there’s no need to chop it.
  2. Bring up to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10-12 minutes.
  3. Transfer the soup to a blender and add half the soft cheese. Blend for 15-20 seconds until smooth. Alternatively, use a hand-held stick blender to puree the soup. Reheat the soup for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Blend the remaining soft cheese with the milk. Season the soup with pepper (it’s unlikely that you’ll need salt), then serve, garnished with swirls of the soft cheese mixture, parsley sprigs and a little extra black pepper.

Cook’s tips

Buy a bumper pack of mushrooms and make twice the quantity, packing and freezing half the soup to use another day – it will freeze for up to 3 months.

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