“This is one of my favorite soups of all time. It is so easy. The secret to this deep, rich soup is a long slow caramelization, the key to unlocking the mushroom’s magic. This is just pure essence of mushroom.”
I thought that this sounds good and made it. All I can say is that this is one of the best mushroom soups I have ever had. Progresso and Campbell’s eat you heart out!
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
2 pounds sliced fresh mushrooms(I used portabello for a richer flavor)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 yellow onion, diced
1 1/2 tablespoon flour
6 sprigs fresh thyme
2 cloves garlic, peeled
4 cups chicken broth
1 cup water
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 pinch salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 teaspoon fresh thyme for garnish if you have it(I didn’t).
Melt butter in a large soup pot(make sure you use a large pot or it will take forever to cook!) over medium-high heat; cook mushrooms in butter with 1 pinch salt until the mushrooms give off their juices; reduce heat to low. Continue to cook, stirring often, until juices evaporate and the mushrooms are golden brown, about 15 minutes. Set aside a few attractive mushroom slices for garnish later, if desired. Mix onion into mushrooms and cook until onion is soft and translucent, about 5 more minutes. This is how the mushrooms should look before you add the other ingredients.
Stir flour into mushroom mixture and cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes to remove raw flour taste. Add to mushroom mixture the garlic cloves and the thyme. Pour chicken stock and water into mushroom mixture. Bring to a simmer and cook for 1 hour. Remove thyme bundle.
Transfer soup to a blender in small batches and puree on high speed until smooth and thick. I of course use my immersible blender. You can cream the soup right in the pot. This lessens the risk of spilling hot soup on you.
Return soup to pot and stir in cream. Season with salt and black pepper. If the mixture seems too thick, you can thin it out with water. Serve in bowls garnished with the mushroom slices that you saved.
Here is a link to Chef Johnny. He has other great recipes!