Recipe: Easy Mushroom Soup

More

In a small kitchen like mine, the immersion blender is a miracle worker: it's small, easy to clean, affordable, and comes with so many attachments a girl doesn't know what to do first. When I first used our machine, I was astonished at how easily it transformed chunky vegetables into smooth puree.

Serves 6

    • 4 tablespoons butter
    • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
    • 1 leek, light green and white part only, thinly sliced
    • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
    • 10 ounces button mushrooms, cleaned and thinly sliced
    • 10-ounce mix of shitake, baby bella, or oyster mushrooms (your choice), cleaned and thinly sliced
    • 4 tablespoons flour
    • 1 quart chicken stock (lowest sodium possible)
    • bouquet garni (bay leaf, two sprigs of thyme, a teaspoon of black peppercorns, and three stalks of parsley in a cheesecloth bundle)
    • ¼ cup light cream
    • 3 tablespoons sherry
    • salt and pepper

Sweat out onion, leek, and garlic in butter until onions are translucent and soft. Season with salt and pepper.

Add mushrooms and cook until they begin to soften, about 10 minutes. Add flour and stir to coat vegetables evenly.

Add chicken stock (make sure this covers the mushrooms—if not, add some water), throw in bouquet garni and bring to a boil. Then lower to a simmer and cook until mushrooms are completely soft, about half an hour.

Add cream and sherry and blend. Taste for seasoning, and serve.

To read Sophie Brickman's post on using her blender to make memorable soups, click here.

Jump to comments
Presented by

Sophie Brickman is a writer living and cooking in New York City. More

Sophie Brickman is a writer living and cooking in New York City. She is a graduate of Harvard College and the French Culinary Institute.
Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

Social Security: The Greatest Government Policy of All Time?

It's the most effective anti-poverty program in U.S. history. So why do some people hate it?


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.

Video

What Makes a Story Great?

The storytellers behind House of CardsandThis American Life reflect on the creative process.

Video

Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.

Video

Where Confiscated Wildlife Ends Up

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.

Video

Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.

Video

The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air

Writers

Up
Down

More in Health

Just In