Wild Mushroom Soup with Arugula and Walnuts and Parmesan-Crusted Rolls with Herb Butter
- 1 (1-pound) loaf bread or pizza dough (fresh, or frozen and thawed)
- Cooking spray
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 pound assorted wild mushrooms ( chanterelle, oyster, shiitake, crimini, portobello, etc.), stemmed and sliced
- 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
- 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced or 2 teaspoons jarred, minced
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 6 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 1 cup dry white wine
- 1/2 chopped fresh parsley leaves
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 cup lowfat milk
- 1 cup andouille sausage
- 1 cup chopped arugula
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
Break dough into 8 equal pieces and roll each piece into a thick rope shape. Twist each 'rope' piece into a knot. Place balls on prepared baking sheet and spray with cooking spray. Sprinkle with Parmesan to coat surface. Bake 8 minutes, until golden brown.
Meanwhile, melt butter in a large stock pot over medium heat. Add mushrooms, onion and garlic and cook 5 minutes. Add thyme and cook 1 minute. Add chicken broth and wine and bring to a simmer, about 1 minute. Simmer 5 minutes.
While soup is simmering, blend softened butter with chopped fresh parsley and salt and pepper. Remove Parmesan knots from the oven.
Remove soup from the heat and, using an immersion or stand blender, puree until smooth Return the soup to low heat, add milk and andouille sausage and simmer 1 minute to heat through.
Ladle soup into bowls and top with arugula and walnuts. Serve rolls on the side with parsley butter.
Recipe courtesy Robin Miller, 2006