Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Creamy Noodle, Potato and Mushroom Soup

"Soup. The culinary artist's canvas of creativity. The culmination of cruising the cupboards and refrigerator for inspirational ingredients and ingenuity. Remember, an artist can only paint the same picture once."

That's the excuse I gave my daughter when I told her that we were going to have her favorite, milk noodle soup, when she came for dinner last night and I'd changed up the recipe from what she was used to. (Quick thinking on my part, eh?)

Milk noodle soup was a comfort food for me when I was growing up and I must have passed on that comfort gene to her because it remains her favorite soup. My mother fed eleven of us on a concoction of her homemade noodles, home-grown potatoes, homemade chicken stock and a touch of heavy cream. Pennies per serving, I'm sure, but delicious nonetheless. Through the years, I've reinvented it too many times to count. The following is just another adaptation of my mother's milk noodle soup recipe (as seen through the eyes of a self-proclaimed culinary artist. When I go on tour, I'll autograph your soup bowl.)

Creamy Noodle, Potato and Mushroom Soup (for lack of better description)

1 TBSP olive oil
1 TBSP butter
1 leek, white and light green parts only, cleaned well and diced
2 stalks of celery, leaves included, diced
kosher salt and pepper
dash of crushed red pepper flakes
6 ounces white mushrooms, coarsely chopped
2 tsp fresh thyme, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 TBSP all-purpose flour
1/3 cup dry white wine (optional)
2 quarts chicken stock
2 medium-large potatoes, peeled, small cubed
8 ounces egg noodles
1 cup half & half

In a large soup pot, heat olive oil and butter over medium-medium high heat. Add leeks and celery. Season with salt, pepper and crushed red pepper flakes. Saute until leeks and celery have softened, 6-7 minutes. Add the mushrooms and thyme and saute until mushrooms have given up their moisture, 5-6 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for another minute or two. Sprinkle the flour over all and cook for 2 minutes, stirring to prevent the flour from burning. Add the wine and chicken broth. Bring to a boil and add potatoes and noodles. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until potatoes and noodles are tender. Remove from heat and stir in the half & half.

*The Other Side of 50 will be on vacation (yes again) until sometime next week. You see, hubby has decided to repeat his faux pas of last year and invited 16 of his "closest" friends to stay at our home for the Buckeyes/Illinois game this weekend. I'm leaving town to avoid the chaos and the possibility that this time I might injure him in some way for doing this to me AGAIN.

27 comments:

Pascal said...

This looks quite tasty. I wonder if this would work with heavy cream instead of half and half...

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

this look so comfort, I will serve this with bagel, must be very yummy!

Haden News said...

We love soup at my house! This looks like it would be great on a cold night!

Moogie said...

Yeah!!! It's soup season and this looks especially yummy.

June said...

Mags - this soup looks wonderful! BTW, is your guy NUTS??? Have a great vacation (wish you were coming here!)

Arnold said...

For me there is no perfect soup time. I eat soup, winter or summer. This really looks good and it has been bookmarked. Thanks.

stephchows said...

oo mags this looks so delicious! and have a wonderful vacation!

SeattleDee said...

The soup looks delicious and your post is a treasure. Thanks for a new addition to the comfort food/soup list.

Nanan said...

This would sooth my soul in a heartbeat!

Becky said...

Hey Marge -
I am needing some comfort food--and will be making this tonight. Thanks for posting this recipe and the dilemma of what do I make for dinner tonight?? Love ya!

Co Irker said...

We shall miss you terribly here at the hubs work.

Please take care of yourself and have a blast!

I think you have all of our sympathy on the upcoming weekend. And you show admirable restraint by removing yourself from the chaos.

Until next week.

TGIT

Julie said...

This soup looks delicious! My favorites, noodles potatoes and mushrooms. I will be giving this a try.

Seriously, I can't believe your husband did that TWO years in a row! Hopefully he booked a spa weekend for you in exchange.

Pretty. Good. Food. said...

Sounds absolutely delicious!!! :)

Barbara @ Modern Comfort Food said...

This looks SO delicious, Mags, and is just the thing for a warming soup dinner on a cool night. I'm still waiting for fall weather to arrive where I live and wish it would hurry up!

Leslie said...

Yum yum! I hope you have an enjoyable weekend away (and your house is still standing when you get back!)

Sherylyn said...

Potatoes and noodles, together?! Craziness, delicious craziness. Add mushrooms and leeks and homemade chicken stock and this may be the best comfort soup EVER! Yum. Yum. And more yum.

Lyndsey said...

Mmmm...so scrumptious! My daughter would love this! I really need to make more soups.

Suzanne aka vivisue said...

Ooooooo Mags! You had me at "Creamy Noodle . . . ." Fabulous!

Lana @ Never Enough Thyme said...

Yum. Pure comfort in a bowl.

Barbara said...

I love your recipe title, Mags! Your soup looks warm and comforting! It's not something I've ever had (my mom was stuck on egg drop soup) and would really like to try.

Ms. Meanie said...

Spending the last 5 years in California has deluded me. Now I;m in the midwest and freezing. I had no idea October was this cold! Soup sounds perfect right about now. I'm loving all the veggies and of course the wine in this. Yum!

scrambledhenfruit said...

We're finally having some soup weather here- this looks delicious!

Debbie said...

That is just perfect with the weather we are having here. Finally autumn has arrived!!!

Sue said...

Mags, You had me at "Creamy..":)
Have a fun getaway!

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

That looks like a tasty soup! I don't like really brothy soups, but I think the creamy base for this soup would be one that I'd really love!

HanaĆ¢ said...

This looks wonderful. I love creamy soups and mushrooms!

Mrs. L said...

I love all the parts to this, the cream, the noodles, potatoes, perfect for a cold winters day!