Today the weather was cold, raw and rainy, just crying out for soup. I had already planned on using some mushrooms that needed to be eaten (I had roasted portobella mushrooms a few days ago), so maybe cream of mushroom soup. Yes, the ultimate comfort food. I remember frosty nights in New Hampshire at our little country inn in Lake Sunapee when my Mom would make cream of mushroom soup (my favorite) and sandwiches for my Dad and me. Those were sweet days, full of love and the wondrous Lake Sunapee ringed by mountains. Sweet, sweet memories.
But, I ended up staying late at work, and dear daughter is at a friends for dinner, and I have no milk or cream in the house. I stood in front of the fridge wishing that some milk or cream would appear, but no.... then I remembered that I had bought a little box of skim milk powder for bread baking! Yay!
So, here is what I did - it was very yummy, and I ate almost all of it. There is just one good sized bowl left for lunch tomorrow.
Fatfree "Cream" of Mushroom Soup
4 C hot water
3 Tbs flour
1 C skim milk powder
1/2 C soft style tofu (Mori Nu brand)
4 roasted portobella mushrooms, about 3" in diameter
1 tsp broth powder
1 tsp salt
pinch or two of cayenne
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/3 C sherry
I put the hot water in the Vitamix together with the flour, milk powder, tofu, almonds, broth powder, salt, garlic powder and cayenne and let it blend on hi until steaming, about 4 or 5 minutes. Taste for saltiness. Put one mushroom in and let it be blended completely. Add the sherry, blend and taste. Turn the blender off. Slice the mushrooms into quarters and place in the blender, and blend at the slowest setting for about 20 seconds until they are chopped and distributed throughout the soup.
It was delicious, surprisingly so, since there was no fat at all. It would have been tasty without the sherry, but I adore sherry in my mushroom soup, so I went for it.
Altogether, this soup took around 8 or 9 minutes to make, and I am STUFFED! I couldn't eat another morsel of anything if you offered me a million dollars! (Well, maybe for a MILLION.... grin)
You could easily make this on top of the stove - it would just take longer. Basically, you are making a white sauce and adding mushrooms - that's all it is.