Hearty and warming mushroom soup makes the perfect starter for any meal, particularly when the weather conditions are a little chilly. One reason this soup is such a brilliant starter solution is that it’s packed full of essential nutrients, including vitamin D. So, as winter temperatures drop and increased rainfall and cloudy weather hits, opting for mushroom soup can provide you with a vitamin D boost to see you through to the next sunny day.
Why choose mushroom soup as a starter for meals?
There are countless recipes for mushroom soup as it’s a popular dish for many different cultures. If you enjoy Korean dishes, soups made with shiitake mushrooms and flavoured with different spices and stocks will soon become a firm favourite. Traditional mushroom soup is a strong feature of international cuisine, with cream of mushroom and hearty pearl barley and mushroom soups featuring on lots of different menus.
Mushrooms are a type of fungus and reproduction takes place when spores are produced. You can increase the value of the vitamin D contained in your mushrooms by placing them on a sunny windowsill for a couple of hours with their underside showing. Mushrooms retain most of their nutrients when they are cooked for the shortest possible amount of time.
Making mushroom soup
Like any soup, the recipe for different mushroom soups tends to entail boiling and simmering on a stovetop for a certain amount of time. Ingredients such as onions, leeks, potatoes, and pulses will need to be prepared and cooked in advance, and your mushrooms can be added towards the end of the simmering period. This ensures all the vitamins and nutrients contained in your mushrooms are locked in.
Mushroom soup isn’t just a great meal starter, it can also be a delicious, warming lunch or snack in its own right, particularly when served with warm, freshly baked bread! In addition, when served in cups, it’s a warming and filling meal you can grab while “on the go”.
Different types of mushroom
Some of the different types of mushroom include shiitake, porcini, button, chanterelles and oyster. You may even think about foraging for wild mushrooms in many parts of the world, but it’s important to understand which ones are edible and which are poisonous.
One of the most popular soup restaurants with outlets right across Singapore is The Soup Spoon. You’ll find their velvety mushroom stroganoff soup is absolutely delicious, so next time you host a meal at home, why not order in some mushroom stroganoff soup as a tasty starter?