Creamy Mushroom Soup with Thyme Toasts

December 2007
Creamy Mushroom Soup with Thyme Toasts

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Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 10 mins

Cook: 30 mins

Ingredients
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 pounds mixed mushrooms (such as cremini, portobello and shiitake), stemmed and sliced
  • 1 32 ounce container  (4 cups) chicken broth
  • 1 bunch thyme
  • 4 thick slices country bread
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper
Directions
  1. In a large, heavy saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons butter over low heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring until softened, about 5 minutes. Increase the heat to high, add 2 tablespoons butter and the mushrooms and cook, stirring constantly, for 3 minutes. Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reserve 2 tablespoons thyme leaves; tie the remaining sprigs together with kitchen string and add to the pot. Lower the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, toast the bread. In a small saucepan, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons butter; stir in the garlic and reserved thyme leaves. Brush the garlic-thyme butter on the toasted bread.
  3. Discard the thyme bundle and stir 1 cup cream into the soup. Using an immersion or standing blender, puree the soup until smooth. Heat through and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Divide the soup among 4 bowls. Drizzle with the remaining 1/4 cup cream and serve with the toasts.
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