While most mushrooms are available year-round, many are at their peak in autumn and winter. This hearty soup is simple to make and tastes absolutely wonderful. I used a combination of fungi in this soup then drizzled it with a good dose of white truffle oil. Serve with buttery crusty bread.
- 2 ounces porcini mushrooms (soaked and sliced)
- ½ pound morel mushrooms, sliced
- ½ pound white mushrooms, sliced
- ½ pound shiitake mushrooms, sliced
- 1 onion, coarsely chopped
- 1 teaspoon chopped thyme leaves
- 1 cup dry white wine
- 4 tablespoons butter
- ¼ cup all purpose flour
- 2 cups half and half
- 6 cups chicken stock
- salt and pepper to taste
- white truffle oil for drizzling
- thyme sprigs for garnish
- In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil and add the onion. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms and thyme and cook until the mushrooms soften, about 2 minutes. Add the wine and cook until reduced, about 5 minutes.
- In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Sift in the flour and cook for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the half and half and bring to a simmer, stirring constantly until thickened, about 2 minutes. Stir the mixture into the mushrooms. Puree the mushroom mixture until smooth, adding chicken stock until desired thickness is obtained.
- Return the soup to the pot. Add the remaining chicken stock if desired and simmer over medium heat for about 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Ladle into bowls and drizzle white truffle oil on top. Garnish with thyme.
Pairing wine with mushrooms can be tricky. The earthy flavours from the mushrooms can leave mild wines tasting like water, so avoid delicate whites. I went with a Spanish Tempranillo from Rioja. An easy-drinking red that showed the meaty mushrooms who’s boss. Lots of character and a bit of smokiness complements the earth-driven flavors.
Movie Night suggestion: Triangle (2009) tripped me out. It is one of the weirdest films I’ve ever seen. The story revolves around the passengers of a sailing trip in the Atlantic who, when struck by curious weather conditions, board another ship only to experience weirder havoc on the open seas.
Film notes: The film makes many references to The Shining (1980). The number 237 crops up, which was the same number of the spooky hotel room Danny was forbidden to go into. There are also words written on a mirror, a ballroom, and an axe. Eeeeek!
The recording of Anchors Aweigh is performed by Glenn Miller and his Orchestra. The aircraft carrying him to Paris in December 1944 disappeared over the English Channel in what is often considered a Bermuda Triangle-type incident.
This film is set in Florida, but was filmed entirely in Queensland. Both are known as “The Sunshine State.”