09 January 2008

Latin Tomato and Mushroom Soup

My, but how I love the winter: if for no other reason, it means lots of soups for dinner, at least at our house. This soup is quite brothy, a wee bit spicy, and can tame a mean Mexican Food craving. The pepper/corn/beans/cilantro are a great combination in any dish, and really does the trick here.

Found this recipe at We [heart] Food when trolling the Internet one day (by way of the ever helpful Tastespotting site). This recipe was originally supposed to contain "huitlacoche", which I decided I was better off without after researching it online (for the record: it is a Mexican corn fungus). Give this one a whirl, you won't be disappointed. And if you can find and use huitlacoche, leave a comment on the old blog here and tell me what it's like!

Latin Tomato and Mushroom Soup

6 c. chicken broth
1 (14.5 oz.) can black beans, drained
1 c. shredded chicken
1 c. corn kernels
1/2 c. tomato puree
4 green onions, thinly sliced, white and green parts separated
1 large anaheim pepper
1 small poblano pepper
2 large portobello caps
1/4 c. chopped cremini mushrooms
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 c. cilantro, chopped
1 Tbsp. lime juice
tortilla strips * (optional)

Combine the stock, chicken, corn, tomato puree, whites of green onion, peppers, and black beans in a large pot over high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat a skillet over medium heat and sautee the mushrooms in the olive oil until they give up their juices. Set aside.

Stir in the mushrooms, cilantro, lime juice, and green onions, and simmer for 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Serve hot, sprinkling each bowl with tortilla strips (optional).

* To make tortilla strips, cut 2-3 corn tortillas into thin strips, spray with cooking spray and bake in a 400F oven for 10 minutes or until crisp.


Emily said...

All I have to say is, OH YEAH. That's like food porn, seriously.

I love soups lately. I might have to try this, because all of the ingredients sound delicious.

Sarah said...

Looks so good. I'm making soup tonight, myself!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Now, this is a tomato soup I can get excited over--seriously. What a fabulous and unusual combination of flavors and textures. This is a winner.

Goody said...

Here's more information than you probably want from someone that tried the corn smut.


Otherwise, the soup sounds wonderful ;)

Chris said...

Nemmie -- I'm glad you enjoyed the soup! And after reading goody's link to corn smut, I'm also glad I wasn't able to find it locally. :)

Nemmie said...

Chris, this soup rocks. Thanks to you for such a great recipe! Minus corn smut, of course...

goody: that is totally gross. The Sneeze, however, has my heart. What a brave man :)

Thanks to you too Emiline, Sarah, and Susan! Give this one a try!