You had me at ‘okra’. I love okra. Grilled, fried, sauteed, roasted… or tossed into this Creole-style bean soup. The okra helps thicken up the broth and adds such a great flavor. All the flavors of a gumbo, along with some hearty beans to boot. Easy to make and fantastic on a cold day.
I don’t add the shrimp to the entire pot of soup if I’m not going to eat the entire batch at once. Reheated shrimp are not my favorite thing. They get too tough. Instead, I transfer some of the soup (just enough for dinner) to a separate pot and then add the shrimp. It’s a bit more trouble but I think it’s worth it. I could leave out the shrimp entirely and still have a great soup, but it wouldn’t be the same, that’s for sure.
Also try my smoked turkey and file gumbo pie.
Creole-Style Bean Soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6 -8 servings
- 3 15 ounce cans beans, rinsed and drained (I used kidney, red and cannellini)
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 14 ounces smoked sausage sliced thin, browned first if desired
- 2 stalks celery diced
- 1 onion chopped
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- A few shakes of hot sauce
- A few pinches of dried red pepper flake
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
- 1 6 ounce can tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon dry mustard
- 1 pound frozen sliced okra
- 1 cup small medium shrimp shelled and deveined
Place all ingredients except the okra and shrimp into a large pot or Dutch oven.
Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and let simmer for 45 minutes.
Add the okra and shrimp.
Return to a boil and boil for 5 minutes then reduce again to a simmer and simmer until the shrimp are done.
This is quite easily and most definitely the best cream of mushroom soup we’ve ever had. Eating it was an absolute pleasure. Packed with mushroom flavor and velvety smooth, it’s divine. Perfect on a cool fall day with flurries coming down.
It’s hard to take a great picture of what is essentially a brown soup, but I tried. The picture definitely does not do the flavor of this cream of mushroom soup justice. No picture could.
To get such great mushroom flavor, this soup is packed with mushrooms, both fresh and dried that have been reconstituted. If you really, really love meaty mushrooms, then you’ll love this soup right out of the pot. If you love mushrooms but don’t prefer a lot of them, serve the creamy soup with a few spoonfuls of the mushrooms added in at the end.
Also try my delicious cream of celery soup.
Cream of Mushroom Soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4 -6 servings
- 4 ounces dried Porcini mushrooms
- 4 cups chicken stock
- 1/2 pound unsalted butter
- 1 small onion diced
- 3 stalks celery diced
- 8 ounces baby Portobello mushrooms sliced thin
- 8 ounces Shitake mushrooms sliced thin
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup heavy cream
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Place the dried porcini mushrooms into a small bowl and cover with hot water. Set aside to allow to reconstitute until soft. Reserve the liquid and slice the mushrooms.
Meanwhile, warm the chicken stock in a small pot.
Melt the butter in a medium pot over medium-high heat.
Add the onion and celery and saute for 5 minutes.
Add the sliced mushrooms and cook another 10 minutes.
Add the flour and stir. The mixture will get thick.
Reduce heat to low and cook for 10 minutes.
Stir in the warmed chicken stock, the liquid from the reconstituted porcini mushrooms, and the heavy cream..
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Bring to a simmer and let simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Serving: There are a lot of mushrooms in this soup. They are needed to give it such a fantastic mushroom flavor, but if you find them to be too much in the soup, just serve the creamy liquid portion with as little or as much of the mushroom 'meat' as you wish. We enjoyed the soup served both ways, with or without the mushrooms.
I make what I think is a mighty fine spicy tomato soup. Lately, I’ve been concentrating more on using roasted tomatoes in my dishes, so I decided to give this roasted tomato soup a try. It definitely came out chock full of great roasted tomato flavor. Just perfect. A little herb-y, and a little creamy. And a lot tomato-y.
The tomatoes took about an hour to roast. They came out looking and smelling absolutely fantastic. If it would’ve been a nicer day out I would’ve tossed them on the grill, but the weather just wasn’t cooperating.
What a fantastically tomato-y soup!
Also try my delicious roasted chicken noodle soup.
Roasted Tomato Soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
- 4 pounds plum tomatoes halved, seeds removed
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon sugar
- 2 teaspoons dried thyme
- 1 large onion diced
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 3 cups vegetable stock
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- Fresh chives chopped and croutons, for garnish, optional
Preheat your oven to 400 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or use a Silpat,
Place the tomatoes cut-side up in a single layer on the baking sheet.
Drizzle the tomatoes with 1/4 cup of the olive oil. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, sugar, and thyme.
Roast the tomatoes until they are wrinkled and soft, about 1 hour. Remove from the oven and let cool until cool enough to handle. Remove skins.
Heat remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil and a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat.
Add the onions and a pinch of salt, stir, and cook until starting to soften.
Add the garlic, stir, and cook another minute.
Add the tomatoes, vegetable stock, bay leaf and the basil. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and simmer, partially covered, for 30 minutes.
Add the cream.
Using an immersion blender to puree the soup until smooth. If you do not have an immersion blender you can transfer the soup to a blender, but let it cool first or it will explode in the blender. You have been warned!
Serve warm garnished with chives and croutons if desired.