Chef Billy Parisi is back to share his umami-rich cream of mushroom soup recipe; sure to please during the Thanksgiving season!
As soon as the weather even hints that cold is on the way, I’m making soup especially a Cream of Mushroom Soup! This year in Chicago though we’ve been incredibly spoiled with this 60° weather we’ve been having. It’s crazy to think that Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away and it’s still nice out. Regardless, I’ll take it, but that still doesn’t mean I haven’t been whipping up some delicious soups!
I love to get it out of the norm when it comes to cooking traditions especially things like thanksgiving. I mean I have been eating turkey for 34 years of my life and I’m over it, no offense. I want prime rib, roasted potatoes, cheese cake, just something that is different. In fact I think planning a coursed meal should be in store for your Turkey Day! Start with a small appetizer, then a soup, salad, entrée, and finally dessert.
I’ll give you a quick lesson on soup. It’s the most important course in any meal because so often it is the first and heck if you can’t get soup right what makes anyone think you know how to cook an entrée? Soup requires time, love, and lots of browning in fat. Mushrooms for example make for the perfect hearty soup. Combine then with bacon, cream, garlic and parsley and you’ve got a simple delicious soup that will for sure be a favorite at your Turkey Day Table!
Since I know bacon and mushrooms go so well together I decided I would render some bacon fat and roast off some onions, celery, garlic and mushrooms in the fat so that it can infuse all that delicious pork flavor. From there I deglazed with white wine, see the gif below, and then added in some chicken stock and simmered on low for an hour.
To me soups are all about toppings so some garlic and Parmesan sourdough croutons were a must for this soup. Here’s how easy they are to make. Toss some sourdough cubes in a bowl with some melted butter, fresh chopped garlic, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper and bake in the oven for 20 minutes on 375°, boom croutons!
For the soup itself I used a combination of baby portabellas, button mushrooms, shitake mushrooms and oyster mushrooms. I saved a few extra, seared them over high heat in olive oil and then used them as a garnish. I’m tellin’ you when it comes to soup it’s all about the toppings!
Can you imagine how psyched your guests would be if they came to a coursed Thanksgiving Day meal and you started it off with a delicious cream of mushroom soup loaded with umami flavors and roasted vegetables? I mean I’d be impressed.
The day after Thanksgiving is such a great day filled with leftovers and football and there is nothing, I mean nothing more comforting and therapeutic than eating soup on days like that, and this Cream of Mushroom Soup is perfect for it!
Cream of Mushroom Soup
Yield: Makes 1 gallon
8 slices of chopped bacon
1 small diced yellow onion
6 small diced stalks of celery
4 finely minced cloves of garlic
1 pint of button mushrooms
1 pint of baby portabella mushrooms
1 cup of shitake mushroom caps
1 cups of oyster mushrooms, stems removed
¼ cup of flour
1 cup of chardonnay
64 ounces of chicken stock
2 cups of heavy cream
2 tablespoons of chopped fresh parsley
Kosher salt and cracked pepper to taste
Fresh thyme leaves for garnish
shredded Parmesan for garnish
1. In a large pot on high heat render the bacon fat until the bacon lardons become crispy.
2. Remove the bacon and add in the onions, celery and garlic and saute for 8 to 10 minutes over medium-high heat or until lightly browned.
3. Next, add in the mushrooms are cook for 20 to 25 minutes or until the mushrooms are browned.
4. Sprinkle in and stir in the flour until it has been completely mixed in.
5. Deglaze with the white wine and cook until it is almost gone.
6. Add in the chicken stock and bring it to a boil and until it becomes thick.
7. Puree the mushroom soup until smooth with a hand blender or a regular blender.
8. Return the pureed soup to the pot and finish with the heavy cream, parsley, salt and pepper.
9. Garnish with croutons, crispy bacon lardons, fresh thyme and Parmesan.