This week for Barefoot Bloggers we made Mushroom Soup. I love mushrooms and soups. I have made Hungarian Mushroom soup (my sister Jennys recipe) a dozen times and always loved it. I was excited about trying this soup. Chelle of Brown Eyed Baker chose Cream of Wild Mushroom Soup. It was so good! I loved how creamy it was and the texture between the mushrooms was perfect. This made allot of soup for 2 of us. My daughter tried a little bit and loved the base of the soup but didn't care for the mushrooms at all. I froze several small servings for future lunches.
Cream of Wild Mushroom Soup by Ina Garten Barefoot Contessa At Home
5 oz fresh shitake mushrooms
5 oz fresh portabella mushrooms
5 oz fresh cremini (or porcini) mushrooms
1 T good olive oil
1/4 lb + 1 T unsalted butter
1 c chopped yellow onion
1 chopped carrot
1 sprig fresh thyme + 1 tsp chopped minced thyme leaves,
Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper
2 c chopped leeks (white and light green parts)(2 leeks)
1/4 c all-purpose flour
1 c dry white wine
1 c half-and-half
1 c heavy cream
1/2 c minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
Clean the mushrooms by wiping the with a dry paper towel. Don't wash them! Separate the stems from the caps, trim off any bad parts, and coarsely chop the stems. Slice caps 1/4" thick and, if they are big, cut into bite-sized pieces. Set aside.To make the stock, heat the olive oil and 1 T butter in a large pot. Add the chopped mushroom stems, chopped onion, carrot, sprig of thyme, 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper and cook over medium low heat about 10 - 15 minutes, until veggies are soft. Add 6 cups of water, bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes. Strain, reserving the liquid. You should have about 4 1/2 cups of stock, if not add some water. Meanwhile, in another large pot, heat the remaining 1/4 lb butter and add the leeks. Cook over low heat for 15 - 20 minutes, until the leeks start to turn brown. Add the mushroom caps and cook for 10 minutes, or until they are browned and tender. Add the flour and cook for 1 minute. Add the wine and stir for another minute, scraping the bottom of the pot. Add the mushroom stock, minced thyme leaves, 1 1/2 tsp salt, and 1 tsp pepper and bring to a boil Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Add the half-and-half, cream, and parsley and season with salt and pepper to taste. Heat through but do not boil. Serve hot.
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I did not have the three types of mushrooms so I left out the creminis. I used all the cream and half and half it called for. I won't be eating it everyday but enjoyed the richness of it. I thought it was a great Fall Soup. A little goes a long way.