Mushroom soup that has so much goodness it is almost sinful. I adapted this recipe from Joe’s Restaurant, formally in Reading, PA.
Joe’s was a fancy restaurant in a rather pedestrian part of town. They were known for their cellar of wine and home-grown mushrooms. The Reading restaurant closed unfortunately when the family decided to move the restaurant to Oregon.
The owner, Joe Czarnecki Jr. took his talents and expertise to Dayton, Oregon along with his chef son to open the Joel Palmer House. They continued the fine dining tradition, combining fine cuisine, great mushroom hunting, and world-class wines.
I made my soup from their recipe originally, but turned it into my own with variation. I serve this soup often when I have company and it has been a hit each time. I myself never ate a mushroom until I had the soup at Joe’s. So if you are like me and shy away from mushrooms, you just might like them in this soup.
Cream of Mushroom Soup
- 7 tbsp butter
- 6 tbsp flour
- 1/4 C diced onion
- 8 oz. Shiitake mushrooms ( I used 4 today, but normally use more)
- 8 oz. domestic mushrooms
- 2 tbsp chicken broth for sauteing mushrooms, will reduce down
- 1 pint heavy cream
- (1) 14.5 can chicken broth – use as much as needed to thin cream base for desired consistency.
- 1/2 tsp dried savory (do not substitute here)
- Pinch of nutmeg
- 1 – 2 tsp sugar (if you want to take the biting edge off the savory and soy sauce use 2 tsp., I used 1 tsp)
- 1 tsp soy sauce
- White pepper to taste
- Salt to taste
In a large saute pan, cook the onions in the 1 tablespoon butter until transparent, then add the sliced mushrooms.
Pour in the 2 tablespoons chicken broth, cover for the first ten minutes and cook over low heat, stirring a few times. Uncover for 10 minutes until the mushrooms and onions are tender, and the liquid reduces.
Melt 6 tablespoons of the butter in a sauce pan. Slowly stir in the 6 tablespoons of sifted flour. Cook over low heat for 5 minutes to remove the pastiness of the flour.
In this same saucepan with the flour, slowly add the cream. I thicken the mix over medium/low heat, then add just enough chicken broth to have the desired texture. Joe’s did not use a chicken base in his soup, it was all cream. This soup already is off the charts calorie-wise, so make your own determination how you will prepare it. I just happen to like the added flavor of the chicken broth, but have made it without as well.
Add the savory, white pepper, salt, nutmeg, soy sauce, and sugar to the soup base to flavor. Add the sautéed mushrooms and onions. Simmer to combine flavors. Add more chicken broth if necessary.
Top with chives and serve immediately in small bowls. It is a very rich soup, and if having it as a course before a meal, it is best to serve a small portion. The guests will be asking for more though…
Mushroom Soup downloadable pdf – just right-click to save to desktop.
And for those of you that want the Joes-Mushroom-Soup-Recipe, here is the downloadable pdf.
I have kept their recipe cut from a newspaper for about 25 years. I was surprised to find it stored in my cookbook. I have made my soup so many times and never wrote it down until I made the soup for this post. Enjoy either!
I have two variations on this recipe that ups the wow factor. I make the soup as above and when adding the mushrooms, I also add a can of lump crabmeat. Another dish adds two additional mushrooms, making it a mixed bag of mushroom goodness. I use Cremini and oyster. Oh, these are decadent soups, definitely not diet food!
Add a few more calories with my Walnut, Maple Syrup, Apple Pie shown in Kitchen Capers above. That is another delicious dish that heads right for the hips. Or try my pumpkin pie.
Foreign and domestic… but make sure if picking mushrooms in the forest you get the RIGHT ones. Joe’s used wild mushrooms in many of his dishes, but they knew what they were picking. I take no chances since there are both poisonous and non-poisonous varieties of the one below. I think that fungus is poisonous pig skin. I purchase all mushrooms that I use.
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