Ever since the creation of Soupbelly, you noticed I had yet to make one darn soup recipe, right??
We make soup at least once a week. But I never post them. Probably because soup is such a staple, itâs like rice or pasta to me. Soup is a given in any meal. Something you donât even talk about as a real dish, especially for Chinese families. Itâs there on the table every night rather than a glass of water, milk, juice or soda. God forbid we drink soda during our meals! Or anything cold for that matter!
And at my parentsâ house, whenever we had guests over for dinner we learned to put glasses on the table and ask if they wanted anything cold to drink. Because Americans treat soup as a dish (or meal) and Chinese people treat soup as a drink. Probably has to do with the richness of the soups.
But I digressâ¦
This isnât even a Chinese soup. Itâs cream of mushroom soup. And it IS more like a meal than a drink, because itâs so rich, velvety and hearty, with wild earthy mushrooms and a creamy texture. So if you love mushrooms like we do, try this recipe out!
Cream of Wild Mushroom Soup (serves 6-8)
- 1 pound (approx. 6 cups) finely chopped mushrooms (I used a combo. of baby portabella, white buttons, and shiitake)
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 3 Tbsp. butter
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 1/8 tsp. dried thyme
- 2 Tbsp. red wine
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 3 Tbsp. corn starch
- 2 cups half-and-half
- parsley flakes (optional)
1) Finely chop all the mushrooms and onions. In a large pot on medium high heat, melt butter. SautÃ© mushrooms and onions, add salt, pepper and thyme, approx. 4 minutes.
2) Add red wine and chicken broth. Simmer on low – med. low for 10 minutes.
3) Mix corn starch into half-and-half. Turn heat up on soup until right before the boiling point, and add half-and half, stirring until soup is thickened. Take off heat, add additional salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle parsley flakes (optional). Serve.
I love mushrooms. Why donât people love mushrooms? Itâs funny that we all have different taste buds that taste things differently. Maybe they taste mushrooms the way I taste peppers. I donât like peppers that much. I like the smell of them, but when I taste them, they taste sour. Iâm hoping my taste buds will react differently one day.
This is how finely chopped your mushrooms should be. Only because I didnât want to put my mushrooms in a food processor later on, like most recipes tell you to do. I like the texture sans food processor.
The onion should be minced as finely as the mushrooms are, unless you were crying your eyes out from the burning pain of onions!!! My eyes were bloodshot after I chopped these up, and they werenât as minced as I wouldâve preferred (the onions, not my eyeballs). So wear goggles if you do this (or put your onion in the fridge for a couple hours before chopping, something I failed to do).
I forgot the picture of my sautÃ©ing the mushrooms. Big crybaby.
Add red wine and chicken broth. Simmer for 10 minutes.
Add thyme, salt and pepper to the simmering liquid.
Heat up to the point right before boiling. Add half-and-half thickened with corn starch.