Mushroom Soup with Puff Pastry Topping

Posted on by on January 4th, 2012 | 44 Comments »

There are places in the world that make you feel no more then a grain of sand on the beach. Places that open your eyes to the wonder and beauty of the earth. Places, that if you let it, bring peace to an otherwise chaotic life, stillness to an over analytical mind and comfort to a stressed soul. The Ramon Crater is my zen, one of my favorite places on earth.

It was the first place I returned to when I moved to Israel. The night after I arrived, my husband and our new friends ventured into the crater late at night to watch a meteor shower. We laid on our backs and watched the stars dance across the sky. It was the most beautiful experience.

Only a 45 minute drive from Be’er Sheva one would think I visited often. Unfortunately this is far from true. This past week, I changed that and returned. I sat with my feet hanging over the edge of the crater, hearing nothing but stillness in the desert air. The crisp winter wind ran across my face as I gazed at the expansive never ending landscape of the Ramon Crater. My husband came and sat beside me. We sat in silence with the rocky earth beneath us, his arm around my shoulders, keeping me warm. ‘There is nowhere else I could possibly want to be in this very moment’ was the only thing that ran through my mind.

We drove home on the winding desert roads where camels passed us by and the occasional raindrop fell from the sky onto the dry earth. When we got home I made this:

A warming and delicious soup with very few ingredients paired with a flakey puffed pastry. Simplicity at its finest. A soup that can bring you to a place of zen all on its own.

Ingredients:

12 oz. puff pastry
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound mushrooms, roughly chopped
1 large onion, chopped
4 tablespoons flour
2 cups milk
2 cups chicken stock
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Preheat an oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
On a floured surface, roll out the puff pastry and cut the pastry into six squares. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet and brush tops with beaten egg.
Bake until squares are golden, about 15 minutes.
Remove pastry squares from oven and set aside.
Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter and 2 tablespoon olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat.
Add the mushrooms and onion and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. When most of the liquid has evaporated, transfer the mushroom mixture to a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Set aside.
Melt the remaining butter and olive oil in the same pot and add the flour, stirring until all lumps are gone.
Whisk in the milk until combined and cook until the mixture is boiling and thickened, stirring occasionally.
Add the stock and stir to combine.
Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes.
Stir in the mushroom mixture and season with salt and pepper.
Ladle the soup into 6 bowls and top with puff pastry square.
Serve immediately.

Where is your place of zen?

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44 Comments

  1. Posted on: 1-4-2012

    oh Beth, i’ve never been in a crater before but after reading your post I’m gona put it on my “things to do before I die” list. Sounds like an unique experience. And the pgotos are just gorgeous

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-7-2012

      Roxana, if you do get a chance it is totally worth a visit. So serene and beautiful!

  2. Posted on: 1-4-2012

    fabulous combination
    lovely pictures of the scenery
    happy new year to you and family

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-7-2012

      Thank you! Happy New Year to you as well.

  3. Posted on: 1-4-2012

    Oh, what an amazing spot! I’ve been to Crater Lake in Oregon as well as craters in Hawaii…just something so peaceful and awesome about hose sites. And to enjoy a meteor shower makes in even more extraordinary! Your soup looks fabulous…love those gorgeous pieces of puff pastry as accompaniments…mmmm.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-7-2012

      The meteor shower was quite spectacular! And, puff pastry really makes everything better doesnt it?!

  4. Posted on: 1-4-2012

    Beautiful photos… of both the soup and the view. And you did such a wonderful job writing about it.

    Now I want soup 🙂

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-7-2012

      Thank you Janet!

  5. Posted on: 1-4-2012

    It’s funny how this soup looks so fancy but is actually quite simple! Looks like warm spoonfuls of creamy comfort. And I love the puff pastry on top!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-7-2012

      Isn’t the best when something so simple can pass an a beautiful and elegant dish?!

  6. Posted on: 1-4-2012

    What a peaceful and scenic place, love the photo. Mother nature can really take your breath away sometimes and I so like that feeling. Also, the soup looks like the perfect ending to a perfect day, creamy and chock full of mushrooms-yum!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-7-2012

      Thank you Tina! Definitely a perfect end to a perfect day.

  7. Posted on: 1-5-2012

    WOW! The closest place that looks like this place that I’ve been is Grand Canyon or Yosemite. It must be so unreal to sit in front of this vast scenery. It’s beautiful. I would forget about everything and sit there for hours. What an amazing place and thanks for sharing the photos! Your mushroom soup sounds very comforting and I love puff pastry so that’s a plus! =) Happy New Year Beth!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-7-2012

      If you have been to the Grand Canyon then you would definitely have an idea of this place! Its easy to sit and forget about everything there. Its wonderful!

  8. Posted on: 1-5-2012

    I love your description… Simplicity at its finest! And I love the sound (and looks) of Ramon Crater. If I ever make it to Israel (and I REALLY hope I do), it seems like a must visit! Hugs and Happy New Year!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-7-2012

      I hope you can make it to Israel one day! Its a must visit!

  9. Posted on: 1-6-2012

    Now this is my kind of place, peaceful and beautiful! And your delicious recipe is just fantastic, love both very very much!!!!!!Have a wonderful weekend, Beth!!!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-7-2012

      Thanks Sandra!! Have a wonderful weekend!

  10. Posted on: 1-6-2012

    I love going to places where I feel like time stands still and you feel calm and the warmth of a loved one. I have been to many places that I’ve experienced that and yet I don’t think it happens often enough. My husband and I drove through desserts from town to town in Morocco and it was beautiful and we would stop at random places and just take it in quietly appreciating the moment we were sharing. Your photos are stunning and the soup looks like the perfect ending to the day.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-7-2012

      That sounds amazing! I have always wanted to travel to Morocco. It is very high on my ‘must visit’ list.

  11. Posted on: 1-6-2012

    Breathtaking! I love the last photo…so peaceful.
    The soup looks terrific served with puff!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-7-2012

      Thank you Angie!

  12. Posted on: 1-6-2012

    Wow! your pictures are gorgeous! I love how seasonal your last few recipes have been. The mushroom soup looks especially delicious. Yum!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-7-2012

      Thank you Sunny! Winter is such a great season to cook for!

  13. Posted on: 1-6-2012

    This looks SO good. What a great combination!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-7-2012

      It is so good and so easy to make!

  14. Posted on: 1-7-2012

    There was a crater outside of Winslow, AZ , a town 30 miles from one of the towns I lived in as a teenager. The scenery of Arizona is very similar to that in your photos. Huge and humbling.

    I love bread and soup. I just cannot seem to be able to eat soup without dipping a roll or slice into it. A square of puffed pastry with mushroom soup sounds superb!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-7-2012

      I have been to Arizona and it looks so similar to here minus the camels!
      Bread and soup are just perfect together!

  15. Posted on: 1-7-2012

    What a beautiful post – pure poetry! My zen is – truly – my kitchen. It is the place I am happiest. Like Kristen, I love bread and soup together. This is delicious. Thank you for sharing!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-7-2012

      Thank you so much for your kind words Ann! I think your kitchen is a perfect zen space!

  16. Posted on: 1-7-2012

    So happy you guys got down to Mitzpe this break! I haven’t been in months and months. This soup looks soooo good! I’m a little under the weather and wish I had a cup of this right now. Talk to you tomorrow!!!!!!!! (on layover in the Vienna airport) xoxo

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-7-2012

      Aw Im sorry you’re not feeling well but Im super excited you’re on your way back!!! Yay!

  17. Posted on: 1-8-2012

    Beautiful post! I can’t think of a better way to top mushroom soup than with puff pastry! Love the photos!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-8-2012

      Thanks Meghan! The puff pastry is the perfect topping!

  18. Posted on: 1-8-2012

    What a lovely post Beth! I love your soup and puffed rolls! Thanks for sharing.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-8-2012

      Thank you so much!

  19. Posted on: 1-8-2012

    Gorgeous photos! I think my place of zen is a toss up between the kitchen and my bedroom. I’m a homebody! This soup looks delicious too!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-8-2012

      Yea, my bed is definitely a place of zen too!! Wish I could spend more time in it!

  20. Posted on: 1-8-2012

    That crater looks amazing! We get the same feeling from “our mountain”. It’s a steep walk up to the top but when you get therre the view is unbelievable, mountains one side, the whole costa on the other. The light is what makes it our favourite place, it looks unreal like a film set, the colours are so crisp & clear. We save it for special occasions, | would love to get married up there and we always have a warming bowl of soup fro when we get back, your mushroom one is on the list for next time, sounds gorgeous!!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-9-2012

      You mountain sounds amazingly beautiful! A perfect place to get married 🙂

  21. Posted on: 1-8-2012

    I love the picture of the two of you overlooking the crater. Lovely soup – my husband adores mushrooms. I’ve saved this one for him.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-9-2012

      Thanks Kristi! Im sure your husband will love it if he is a big mushroom fan!

  22. Posted on: 1-10-2012

    This looks so delicious! We have a soup night once a week and this will soon be making our menu. And I cna’t get over those desert views. Breathtaking. 🙂

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 1-14-2012

      Soup night once a week? I would love that. Hope you enjoy this as much as we did!

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