Walnut "Cream" of Mushroom Soup

Walnut

Walnuts pureed with nonfat milk give this soup a thick, creamy consistency. Serve with a simple salad for a healthful, light meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound fresh mushrooms (combination of crimini, shitake and button mushrooms, sliced)
  • 2/3 cup finely chopped shallots
  • 1 can (14 ounces) regular strength chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried
  • 1 cup California walnuts
  • 1/2 cup nonfat milk or plain soymilk
  • Freshly cracked black pepper

Directions

  1. Heat oil in a 3-4 quart size saucepan over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and shallots. Cook 5 minutes or until softened, stirring several times.
  2. Add broth and herbs. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 5 minutes.
  3. Place walnuts and milk in food processor or blender. Whirl until walnuts are completely blended with milk and nearly smooth. Stir into mushroom mixture. Simmer over medium-low heat stirring frequently until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Serve with freshly cracked black pepper.