Thursday, September 25, 2008

Barefoot Bloggers-Cream of Wild Mushroom Soup

This week's Barefoot Blogger's pick is one of those recipes I wouldn't necessarily have picked on my own. I like mushrooms in certain dishes but am not a huge fan of mushroom soup by itself. My husband, however, really likes mushrooms so this soup was perfect for him. I thought it was good for a mushroom soup. As always Ina's techniques and recipes turn out beautifully. This soup tasted like something you would get in a restaurant. This recipe, however, was a lot of work and considering I'm not that big of a mushroom soup fan, I probably wouldn't make it again. If you do like mushroom soup, you should definitely indulge in this recipe, you won't be disappointed. Of note, this soup is very rich and filling so it can serve as a meal all in itself. Thanks to Chelle over at the Brown Eyed Baker for picking this recipe.

Cream of Wild Mushroom Soup
Source: Ina Garten, Barefoot Contessa at Home

5 ounces fresh shiitake mushrooms
5 ounces fresh portobello mushrooms
5 ounces fresh cremini (or porcini) mushrooms
1 tablespoon good olive oil
1/4 pound (1 stick) plus 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, divided
1 cup chopped yellow onion
1 carrot, chopped
1 sprig fresh thyme plus 1 teaspoon minced thyme leaves, divided
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 cups chopped leeks, white and light green parts (2 leeks)
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup dry white wine
1 cup half-and-half
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley

Clean the mushrooms by wiping them with a dry paper towel. Don't wash them! Separate the stems, trim off any bad parts, and coarsely chop the stems. Slice the mushroom caps 1/4-inch thick and, if there are big, cut them into bite-sized pieces. Set aside.

To make the stock, heat the olive oil and 1 tablespoon of the butter in a large pot. Add the chopped mushroom stems, the onion, carrot, the sprig of thyme, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper and cook over medium-low heat for 10 to 15 minutes, until the vegetables are soft. Add 6 cups 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 pound of butter and add the leeks. Cook over low heat for 15 to 20 minutes, until the leeks begin to brown. Add the sliced mushroom caps and cook for 10 minutes, or until they are browned and tender. Add the flour and cook for 1 minute. Add the white wine and stir for another minute, scraping the bottom of the pot. Add the mushroom stock, minced thyme leaves, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Add the half-and-half, cream, and parsley, season with salt and pepper, to taste, and heat through but do not boil. Serve hot.


Anonymous said...

my husband LOVES cream of mushroom soup. This looks great!

Colleen said...

This looks delicious! Thanks for your review!

Joelen said...

I like the addition of leeks in this recipe and hope to try this soon! Thanks for the heads up on it being so rich... then again, with the amount of cream and half & half involved, it's gotta be good! :)

Cathy said...

I agree -- I'm glad I made it, it was fun, but probably won't make it again any time soon (too rich, too time-consuming, too few people in my house who will actually eat it!) I bet it was a great treat for your husband, though! Your soup looks perfect!