Cream of Mushroom Soup

Posted On July 7th, 2012 Author Lia Rinaldo

The Meatiest, Hands Down, Most Filling Cream of Mushroom Soup
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen who adapted it from The Balthazar Cookbook from the infamous New York restaurant.

1 cup dried mushrooms (I use a mix that includes Porcini, Shiitake, Yellow Boletes & Oyster mushrooms from The Wild Mushroom Co.)
1/2 cup olive oil
( or rather up to 1/2, experiment)
2 sprigs of rosemary
& 4 sprigs of sage
to flavour oil, I also chop up a little more fresh to go into the soup as well
1 large onion, peeled & chopped
3 garlic cloves, peeled & chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper

1 pound white button mushrooms, cleaned and sliced

2 large Portobello mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
5 cups chicken stock (substitute vegetable stock, if desired)

1 cup heavy cream
(again, you can fool around with percentages here and go for something lighter)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1. Soak the dry mushrooms in 2 cups of warm water for 20 to 30 minutes, until plump.
2. Strain the soaking liquid through a coffee filter to remove grit and reserve, along with the reconstituted mushrooms, until needed.
3. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over a medium flame. Bundle the rosemary and sage together and tie with kitchen twine. When the oil is hot, add the herb bundle and sizzle for a few minutes on both sides to infuse the oil.
4. Add the onion, garlic, salt and pepper and cook for 5 minutes, until the onion is soft and translucent but not brown.
5. Turn the flame to high and add the white mushrooms and shitakes.
6. Cook for 10 minutes, during which the mushrooms will give off their liquid (which should evaporate quickly due to the high heat) and deflate significantly. Stir occasionally.
7. Add the chicken stock and the dried mushrooms along with all of the soaking water.
8. Simmer for 30 minutes. Remove the herbs, then add the cream and butter. Working in batches, puree the soup in a blender until smooth. Return to the pot and keep at a very low simmer until ready to serve.

Site Design: James Rothenburg