Paris Mushroom Soup {FFwD}

At French Fridays with Dorie we’re starting off the new year with the perfect recipe for those wintry January days. I love soup, especially when it’s cold outside. I’m not sure why I don’t make it more often, especially since so many soup recipes, like this one from Around My French Table, are so easy to put together.

Preparing to cook included little more than chopping vegetables and measuring out the remaining ingredients. The most time-consuming part was cleaning and slicing the mushrooms. If you really wanted this soup to be almost effortless, you could start with sliced white mushrooms. Starting with whole mushrooms, it still only took me about 15 minutes to get everything ready. With my mise en place completed, it was time to make soup.

I began by sautéing onions and garlic in butter.

Or rather, my sous chef sautéed them.

After the onions and garlic had softened a bit, we added the mushrooms and cooked them down until they gave up their liquid.

We continued cooking the mushrooms until the liquid had mostly evaporated. Then we added white wine and cooked it away, too. Finally, we dropped in rosemary and parsley, then poured in chicken broth.

We brought the broth to a boil, covered the pan, and simmered the soup for about 20 minutes. We — or rather, I, as my sous chef had gone off to play by then — uncovered the pot, moved it off the heat, and broke out the immersion blender to purée the vegetables.

 With the soup ready to go, I prepared the salad, which consisted of mushrooms, scallions, parsley, and chives.

I assembled the salad in the bottom of shallow soup bowls, then ladled the hot soup onto the salad.

I served the soup with a dollop of sour cream. The recipe called for crème fraiche, but the grocery store didn’t have any, and I hadn’t thought ahead to make it. No matter, as the sour cream worked just fine.

This soup was perfect for a chilly winter Sunday supper. My sous chef, who claims not to like mushrooms, even liked it. Actually, that was part of the reason I had her help me cook it. I’ve found that kids are more likely to try — and like — a dish that they have helped prepare.

As for the rest of us, we loved the soup, too. Everyone finished their bowls, and I went back for seconds. The soup was creamy and delicious, and the salad gave it a bit of added flavor and texture.

 This is definitely a recipe I will make again. And it has me thinking I should make homemade soup a regular part of my winter dinner rotation.

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25 Comments

  1. January 9, 2011 at 1:02 am

    I love seeing your little helper working in the kitchen! Mine is strapped in to the baby bjorn as I cook, and I’m hoping she’ll grow up to stir the pot as well.

    • gaaarp said,

      January 9, 2011 at 1:40 am

      Mine have both been in the kitchen since they were born and they love to cook and bake. Never to early to start!

  2. Renee said,

    January 8, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    It’s supposed to snow here a bit this week. A perfect soup! Glad it was a hit. I was thinking of taking it to a neighbor who just had a baby too.

    • gaaarp said,

      January 8, 2011 at 11:48 pm

      It was snowy and cold when I made it, too. I’m sure your neighbor will love it!

  3. betsy said,

    January 8, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    Loved the picture of your sous-chef!
    I love making soup all year round, especially when it’s as easy as this recipe.

    • gaaarp said,

      January 8, 2011 at 11:48 pm

      I’ve been inspired by the soup recipes in AMFT to make soup more often. It’s so easy and delicious!

  4. Kathy said,

    January 8, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Lovely presentation! I really miss the days when I had a few ‘sous chefs’ who were always willing to help. I thought this soup tasted awesome!

    • gaaarp said,

      January 8, 2011 at 4:57 pm

      Thanks! I loved this soup, too.

  5. Teresa said,

    January 8, 2011 at 6:16 am

    What a boon to live near the Fiesta plant! We’re looking forward to leftovers tomorrow – I hear this soup keeps getting better.

    • gaaarp said,

      January 8, 2011 at 10:54 am

      We get to the Fiesta plant a few times a year. As you might imagine, our cupboards are full of colorful dishes of all shapes and sizes.

  6. stephirey said,

    January 8, 2011 at 1:01 am

    Your soup looks great. So nice to have a helper in the kitchen…mine helped pour the soup for a photo! he loved the soup!

    • gaaarp said,

      January 8, 2011 at 10:53 am

      Thanks! I loved this soup, and I love cooking with my daughters!

  7. January 7, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Great little sous chef! My kids liked to help in the kitchen when they were little. Now that they’re grown, they’re quite proficient in the kitchen. (And they’re all boys, too!) Love your Fiesta!

    • gaaarp said,

      January 7, 2011 at 10:50 pm

      Thanks! We live about 1 1/2 hours from the Fiesta plant. They have a seconds room with great prices on nearly perfect items.

  8. Kayte said,

    January 7, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Good theory about the kids/cooking things. Backfired on me, however, once Alex saw what went into things, he refused to eat them…normal thing he ate before suddenly he didn’t want because he knew what was in them. Hmmm…risky business. Anyway, apparently your A is of a different mindset (which between you and me is a good thing)…she makes a very cute little sous chef, going off to play mid-prep is undoubtedly the prerogative of very cute little sous chefs. The soup looks great. Mushrooms always a favorite with Mark and I…enough said about the younger set’s opinions on them.

    • gaaarp said,

      January 7, 2011 at 5:24 pm

      My kids are pretty adventurous when it comes to trying new foods. It’s once they decide they don’t like something that it’s hard to get them to try it again.

  9. ComeUndone said,

    January 7, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Great that your little sous chef enjoyed the soup too!

  10. January 7, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    I agree with Sandy – beautiful bowls! And beautiful soup, too! 🙂

    • gaaarp said,

      January 7, 2011 at 5:21 pm

      Thanks, Jessica.

  11. January 7, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Very pretty presentation. Brilliant thinking about getting kids to eat new things. I think it makes a nice paint color too! Who knew?

    • gaaarp said,

      January 7, 2011 at 5:20 pm

      Thanks, Trevor. It was really good soup.

  12. Sandy said,

    January 7, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Those blue bowls are perfect for the soup-they make it look even more appetizing. I like your step by step photos-nice work.

    • gaaarp said,

      January 7, 2011 at 5:18 pm

      Thanks, Sandy!

  13. Cher said,

    January 7, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Isn’t it amazing how much more amenable the “sous chefs” are to eating a meal if they had a hand in it?

    I am with you on the whole soup thing – I really don’t know why I don’t make it more often.

    • gaaarp said,

      January 7, 2011 at 5:16 pm

      It doesn’t always work, but she definitely is more interested in trying things when she has had a hand in preparing them.


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