Saturday, 28 April 2012

Cream of Mushroom Soup

Lately, I have been addicted to Food Network (again). I'm not usually a tv fan but when it comes to Food Network (or any other fancy cooking channel), I'd watch it anytime of the day! :) So when I saw Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa) make the Cream of Mushroom easily, I thought, why not make one for the little tot? :)

Below is the original recipe I got from FoodNetwork website. I didn't follow everything. As always. :D

  • 5 ounces fresh shiitake mushrooms
  • 5 ounces fresh portobello mushrooms
  • 5 ounces fresh cremini (or porcini) mushrooms (I used white button 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 (I used dried thyme)
  • Kosher salt (I used sea salt)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups chopped leeks, white and light green parts (2 leeks) (omitted)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup dry white wine (omitted)
  • 1 cup half-and-half (omitted)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley (I used the regular 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. (I added chicken bones to make my own stock)

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.

A drop of cream and paired with a slice of bread - perfect way to warm the tummy!


  1. Hmmm... my favorite! I so love mushroom!

  2. I love soup, but never try home made jolly good idea thanks

  3. I love homemade mushroom soup. It's yummy and I can really taste the real mushrooms =)

  4. I love mushroom ! And this homemade one surely taste way better than Campbell's ! Yummy !