Cream of Mushroom Soup

4 servings
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped shallots
  • 2 pounds white cultivated mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup cream Sherry
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 cups low-salt chicken broth, reserving 1/2 cup
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Ground nutmeg to taste, about 1/4 teaspoon
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • In a large saucepan melt butter with the olive oil over moderate heat. Add the shallots and cook until tender, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the sliced mushrooms, thyme leaves, salt and pepper, cooking until all of the liquid rendered from the mushrooms evaporates. Add the Sherry and cook until evaporated. Remove a 1/2 cup of the cooked mushrooms and reserve. Stir in the flour and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Add 3 cups of the chicken broth, bring to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes. In a blender puree the soup in batches until smooth. For a very smooth soup, pass through a fine sieve. Return soup to saucepan, bring to a simmer and whisk in the milk. Add reserved chicken broth to achieve desired consistency. Adjust seasoning with salt, pepper

  • and nutmeg. Lower heat and whisk in 1/4 cup of the sour cream. Keep soup warm but do not simmer or boil. Serve soup garnished with reserved cooked mushrooms and a dollop of the remaining sour cream.

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