Hungarian mushroom soup with smoked paprika and labne

Hungarian mushroom soup with smoked paprika and labne

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Moorish
Serves
6
Photographer
Mark Roper

We love this thick hearty soup, rich and smoky with paprika and hot with a chilli-buzz. Greg was inspired to create this dish after a trip to Budapest while he was working in Austria. Chock-full of mushrooms and vegetables, it is like a goulash, with the creamy labne (yoghurt cheese) making a nice (and slightly healthier) change from the more traditional sour cream.

Labne

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
garlic
1 teaspoon sea salt
500g plain yoghurt

Soup

Quantity Ingredient
80ml olive oil
1 large onion, diced
celery, diced
1 medium-sized carrot, diced
garlic, chopped
1 small red chilli, seeded, scraped and roughly chopped
1 teaspoon thyme leaves
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon sweet paprika
1kg field mushrooms, sliced
sherry
2 medium-sized potatoes, peeled and diced
2 litres water or vegetable stock
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon smoked paprika

Method

  1. To make the labne, first crush the garlic and salt to a smooth paste and stir into the yoghurt. Spoon into a clean muslin square or tea-towel, tie the four corners together and suspend the bundle from a wooden spoon over a deep bowl. Put it in the refrigerator and allow it to drain for 6 hours or overnight.
  2. To make the soup, heat the oil in a large heavy-based saucepan, then add the onion, celery, carrot and garlic, and sauté for a few minutes until they soften. Add the chilli, thyme, bay leaves, sweet paprika and the mushrooms and stir everything around well. Raise the heat and pour in a splash of sherry. Then add the potatoes and stock, season with the salt and bring to the boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 20–30 minutes, until the potatoes are tender.
  3. When you are ready to serve, taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Ladle the soup into bowls and top with a blob of labne and a dusting of smoked paprika.
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Malouf
Greg
Lucy
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