Chicken Mushroom Soup & How to Be Sexy

Chicken-mushroom-soup_thumb.jpgWhere’s the “sexy” part??? It’s coming… My recipe writing has gotten boring. “Oh, the weather outside is frightful” kind of stuff. My travel posts, however, are awesome. But you come here for recipes {the blog name Worth The Whisk and all}, and I post tasty, useful, good ones. This is Chicken Mushroom Soup. In July. It’s still June Gloom here in LA. But here is a fresh way to present a recipe…

How to be Sexy – Learn to Make Good Homemade Soup, for crying out loud!

I have decided to EMPOWER YOU to make fabulous soup. We all grew up on Campbell’s – I even worked for the company for a while. Sure, we have cans of soup here in the pantry (not Campbell’s, tho). Handy.

But excellent homemade soup is a cinch. It doesn’t require a recipe, just a little practice. Best time to practice is the day before you need to go grocery shopping… use up the stuff in your fridge.

And I will tell you now… a person who can stir up a heart-melting pot of homemade soup is sexy. Very attractive. Impressive. A keeper. Soup, my friend, is love.

To make good soup, you need some this-and-that — when combined and cooked, the this-and-that’s contribute either (1) body, (2) flavor, (3) a mouthful of something besides broth.

For example, in the fridge: two containers of mushrooms starting to show some age (a two-for-one promo). This week, I DID cook down a chicken in the crockpot to produce shredded meat and a supply of chicken stock. Some Gourmet Garden condensed herbs in tubes (convenient stuff, I have to say). And the last few baby carrots.

Here you go (makes about 6 cups of soup):

  • Large stock pot, add:
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic, stir
  • 1 Tablespoon condensed Italian Herbs blend, such as Gourmet Garden, stir
  • Turn the heat to medium. When the oil is hot, add:
  • Two 8-ounce containers of sliced white mushrooms, stir to coat
  • 1 cup carrot slices, small pieces, stir to coat
  • Stir in 2 teaspoons dried minced onions
  • Turn the heat to low, cover and cook until carrots are soft, 5 to 10 minutes. Stir occasionally
  • Season with 1/4 teaspoon white pepper and two pinches kosher salt
  • Add 4 cups homemade chicken stock or chicken broth
  • Add 2 cups diced cooked chicken, bring to simmer to heat through.
  • Serve. Sit back. Be appreciated. Be admired. Be… STOP THAT, GET A ROOM FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!
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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Christel October 26, 2012 at 9:42 am

I love your recipes, and you make me laugh.

2 Dorothy at Shockinglydelicious July 20, 2012 at 10:47 am

Your last line has me laughing out loud!

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