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Mains, Soups

Porcini mushroom soup

Porcini mushroom soup
Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

December is a month for feasting -- which is not necessarily to say gorging, though it sometimes seems like it. Eating well is not the same thing as stuffing yourself and eating sensibly is not the same as being dull. ... Read more

Total time: 1 hour, 45 minutes | Serves 6 to 8
  • 2 1/2 cups dried porcini mushrooms (about 2 ounces)
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup minced onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup long-grain rice
  • 2 (14-ounce) cans chicken broth cup
  • 2 tablespoons whipping cream
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 6 teaspoons low-fat sour cream
  • Cracked pepper
  • Snipped chives, for garnish

Step 1Place the mushrooms in a bowl and pour the water over them. Let rehydrate, 30 minutes. (Put a plate on top to keep them submerged.) Lift the mushrooms from the bowl with a slotted spoon. Pour the liquid into a sieve lined with cheesecloth. Reserve the liquid and set aside. Mince 2 mushrooms and set aside for garnish. Reserve the rest.

Step 2Heat the butter in a 4-quart saucepan over medium-low heat and add the onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute. Stir in the rice. Stir in the reserved mushroom liquid, then the chicken broth. Add the rehydrated mushrooms. Bring to a simmer. Cover and cook 30 minutes.

Step 3Remove one-half cup of the mushrooms with a slotted spoon. Roughly chop and set aside. Puree the soup in batches, then return to the saucepan and stir in the cream. Add the salt. Stir in the roughly chopped mushrooms. Ladle into bowls. Garnish each bowl with a teaspoon of the sour cream. Sprinkle with cracked pepper, the mushrooms for garnish and the chives.


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