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Creamy Porcini Mushroom Soup

Creamy Porcini Mushroom Soup
Rich, thick and flavorful, this soup is perfect for warming up a winter day. For a nice contrast to the creamy soup, garnish servings with crunchy croutons.

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups hot water
  • 1.4 oz. dried porcini mushrooms
  • 3 Tbs. olive oil
  • 2 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 12 oz. white button mushrooms, sliced
  • 8 oz. shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and sliced
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 Tbs. Champagne vinegar
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock
     or canned broth
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • Chopped fresh chives for garnish

Directions:

In a heatproof bowl, pour the hot water over the porcini mushrooms and soak for 30 minutes.

In a large, wide-bottomed saucepan over high heat, warm 2 Tbs. of the oil and melt the butter. Add the button and shiitake mushrooms and sauté, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms are golden and tender and the liquid has nearly evaporated, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the remaining 1 Tbs. oil to the pan with the mushrooms, then add the onion and garlic. Sauté, stirring occasionally, until the onions are tender and golden, 6 to 8 minutes more. Add the thyme and sauté 1 minute more.

Strain the porcini through a fine-mesh sieve, reserving the soaking liquid and the porcini. Add the soaking liquid to the mushroom-onion mixture along with the vinegar, stock and cream. Bring to a simmer, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 20 minutes.

Using a stick blender, puree the soup until smooth and blended. Season with salt and pepper. Chop the porcini coarsely and stir into the soup. Ladle into warmed soup bowls and garnish each serving with a pinch of chopped chives.
Serves 8.
Williams-Sonoma Kitchen.