Wild Mushroom Soup
- 2 cups warm water
- 3/4 ounce dried porcini mushrooms see * Note
- 2 tablespoons butter - (1/4 stick)
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1 cup chopped peeled carrots
- 1/2 cup chopped leek/ white and pale green part
- 22 ounces fresh wild mushrooms sliced (such as crimini or stemmed shiitake)
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 4 cups chicken stock or more if needed (or canned low-salt chicken broth)
- 1 cup chopped peeled russet potato
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme (or 1 tspn dried thyme)
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/2 cup whipping cream
- Salt to taste
- Freshly-ground black pepper to taste
- Chopped fresh parsley or chives
* Note: Dried porcini mushrooms are available at Italian markets, specialty foods stores and many supermarkets.
Combine 2 cups warm water and dried porcini mushrooms in small bowl. Let mushrooms soak until soft, about 30 minutes. Using slotted spoon, remove mushrooms from liquid. Squeeze excess liquid from mushrooms back into bowl. Strain 1 cup soaking liquid into another small bowl, leaving any sediment behind.
Melt 1 tablespoon butter in heavy large pot over medium heat. Add onion, carrots and leek. Sauté until vegetables are tender and pale golden, about 10 minutes. Add remaining 1 tablespoon butter and fresh mushrooms; sauté until mushrooms are tender and brown, about 10 minutes. Stir in porcini and wine. Cook until liquid evaporates, about 5 minutes.
Add 4 cups stock, potato, thyme, bay leaf and 1 cup reserved porcini soaking liquid. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer until potato is very soft, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes.
Discard bay leaf. Cool slightly. Working in batches, puree soup in blender. Return soup to pot. Mix in cream. Bring to simmer. Season with salt and pepper. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Rewarm before serving, thinning with more stock, if desired.)
Ladle soup into bowls. Sprinkle with chopped parsley or chives.
This recipe yields 6 servings.