Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Leslie's Mushroom Soup

Leslie made this mushroom soup last week or so. It was so so so so ono! She used the following recipe which I copied from Jennifer Yu's blog, use real butter. Not only is Jennifer a great cook and writer, her photography is to die for!

The recipe is simple enough that I might even try my hand at it.

Creamy Mushroom Soup with Sherry and Thymefrom Fine Cooking issue #74

2 tbsps unsalted butter
2 tbsps olive oil
1 medium onion, medium dice (~ 1 1/2 cups)
4 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 pound fresh mushrooms, wiped clean, trimmed, and thinly sliced (~ 4 1/2 cups) – I used portabella & alba mushrooms
1/2 ounce bag of dried porcini mushrooms, rehydrated in 1-2 cups boiling water (reserve the liquid, but leave any sandy dregs behind) – this is optional, but I did it
2 tbsps plus 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
1/2 tsp salt to taste
1/2 tsp ground black pepper to taste
4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1/4 cup half-and-half
3 tbsps dry sherry
1 tbsp soy sauce

In a large stockpot heat the butter and olive oil over medium-high. Sauté the onions until they are browned, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and stir about for a minute. Then add the mushrooms, 2 tablespoons of thyme, salt, pepper, and cook until the mushrooms begin to wilt. Pour in the broth and the porcini liquid making sure to scrape up any fond that has formed on the bottom of the pan. Bring to a boil over high heat and then reduce to a simmer. Cook for about 7 to 10 minutes until the mushrooms are tender. Remove the soup from the heat and let it cool slightly. Either using a food processor, a blender, or an immersion blender, purée about half of the soup. Return the purée to the pot and stir int he half-and-half, shery, and soy sauce. Season with more salt and pepper to taste. Reheat as needed. Garnish with fresh thyme and extra mushrooms that have been browned in butter. Serves six.


Betty Townsend said...

Well, I'm not sure how I didn't see this post. The soup looks ono and so easy. I love homemade soups. Will have to maybe try it.

jalna said...

Well Betty, could it be you missed this post because I've been so wishy washy and inconsistent lately?