Creamy Mushroom Lentil Soup with Sourdough Croutons

Creamy Mushroom Lentil Soup with Sourdough Croutons

Yield 4 servings

Ingredients

Creamy Mushroom Lentil Soup

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 pound mixed mushrooms (shiitake…), sliced

1 onion, chopped

2 cloves of garlic, minced

2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves

1/2 teaspoon salt

Pinch black pepper1/2 cup white wine

3 cups vegetable broth

1 cup uncooked French green Lentils, rinsed, drained

3/4 cup half-and-half

3 green onions, chopped

Sourdough Croutons

3 cups cubed sourdough bread

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

Pinch salt

Instructions

Heat the oven to 325°F. In a medium Dutch oven, heat the 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add the mushrooms and onions and cook 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until softened.

Add the garlic, 2 teaspoons thyme, 1/2 teaspoon salt, pepper, and white wine. Cook an additional 2 minutes until fragrant.

Add broth and lentils, bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium–low, cover, and simmer until lentils are tender, about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, toss together the bread, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon thyme, and pinch of salt. Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.

Carefully transfer 1 cup of the soup to a blender and puree until smooth. Return the pureed soup and half-and-half to the dutch oven and stir to combine well. Garnish soup with croutons.