Cream of Mushroom Soup

Cream of Mushroom Soup
While there may be a time and place for red cans filled with condensed cream of mushroom soup, the homemade variety is vastly superior. Take some care with the ingredients. Make certain that they're fresh, and of good quality. Then serve this soup with bottles of balsamic cream and truffle oil on the side.

1 1/2 ounces dried Morels
7 cups chicken stock
6 Tbsp unsalted butter
5 cloves garlic, minced
10 ounces Trumpet Royale mushrooms, chopped
2 leeks, white part only, sliced thin
2 medium shallots, sliced thin
7 Tbsp flour
3 fresh parsley sprigs
3 sprigs fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tsp Madeira
1 tsp sea salt
fresh cracked pepper



Place the dried morels in a large bowl. Bring the seven cups of chicken broth to a boil and pour over the morels. Set aside to rehydrate for about 20 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to remove the mushrooms, reserving the broth. Coarsely chop the morels.


Heat the butter in a large pot over medium to medium high heat. Add the trumpet royale mushrooms and rehydrated mushrooms and cook, stirring from time to time, until the mushrooms are soft and somewhat dry, about six minutes.


Add the leek and the shallot and continue cooking, covered, stirring from time to time.  When the shallot becomes translucent (about four minutes), add the flour, blending and stirring constantly, and cook for about two minutes more. Add the reserved mushroom broth, taking care to remove any grit or dirt that may have settled to the bottom. Bring to a boil while whisking constantly.


Tie the parsley, thyme, and bay leaf together with a piece of string and add to the soup in a bundle. Lower the heat and simmer for about ten minutes.  Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Remove the herb bundle.


In batches, transfer the mixture to a blender and puree until smooth, or use a hand blender. Use a sieve to strain the mushroom puree. Return the puree to the pot and reheat over medium heat.  Whisk the heavy cream and Madeira into the soup. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


Serve in warm soup bowls.



Products suggested for this recipe:

Earthy Delights

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Okemos MI 48864

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