Wild Mushroom Bisque

"There are hints of an elegant French potage in this creamy bisque, which is nice served with some cheese biscuits and a salad."
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Ready In:
1hr 30mins




  • Soak dried mushrooms in warm water until softened, 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Drain mushrooms, reserving soaking liquid. Rinse mushrooms and squeeze dry. Chop coarsely, discarding any tough stems. Strain soaking liquid through coffee fileter and reserve.
  • Melt butter in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add shallots and cook until soft, stirring occasionally, about 3 minutes. Add dried and fresh mushrooms, salt and nutmeg. Cook until almost most of liquid evaporates, stirring occasionally, 6 to 8 minutes. Add flour and stir 3 minutes. Whisk in stock and 2-1/2 cups mushrooms soakig liquid. Bring to boil, whisking constantly. Reduce heat and boil gently until soup thickens slightly, skimming surface occasionally, 40 minutes.
  • Whisk 1/2 cup cream into soup. Simmer 5 minutes; degrease if necessary. If desired, thin soup with any remaining mushroom soaking liquid and more cream. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with chives and serve.

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  1. Absolute mushroom heaven. I had to change up the mushrooms a bit. The dried mushrooms are just was to expensive right now and they only had a mixed mushroom package. I skipped the shallots for the same reason and used red onion I used a mixture of button and cremini and shitake mushrooms and used just plain water instead of mushroom water. This still turned out YUMMMMMMY. It was thick and creamy . This was my first time making mushroom soup and is going in the Divine recipes book. We had a small portion as an appetizer so there is lots of leftovers for ME LOL Made for PRMR Feb 2009
  2. As a mushroom soup, this was alright. Not outstanding, unfortunately, but pretty good. Although I made as written, it didn't really thicken up, so I served a very thin, but fairly tasty soup. I added a teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce and a teaspoon of MSG, to try and amp up the savory profile, but it still just had a whole lot of bland in it. I must have done something wrong, but I can't figure out what it was. I'll try again another day, and update my review with whatever I figure out.
  3. I had never made any kind of bisque or mushroom soup before, but this was absolutely great! Prep and cleanup were super easy peasy, which is important for me as a grad student. But most importantly, it was DELICIOUS! I didn't have nutmeg or shallots, or even onions, so I tossed in some onion powder (yeah) and a bay leaf, but it still turned out sooooo good. I almost ate all of it in a single day... the only reason I didn't is because I didn't start until dinner! At any rate, if this recipe really makes 6 servings, I had 5 servings in one night :D<br/><br/>Thanks so much for sharing!


I didn't start cooking until my early 20's, even though I come from a family of accomplished and admired home cooks. While I grew up watching my Italian grandmother in the kitchen, I remained uninterested in trying anything on my own. As a young lady, I was known for being particularly ignorant in the kitchen, with no idea how to even make a hot dog! All this changed, however, when I got engaged. I realized it was time to let my inherent talents out of the bag. At the time, the New York Times had a weekly column called The 60-Minute Gourmet by Pierre Franey. Each week, I would follow these recipes diligently, and taught myself to cook that way. From there, I began to read cookbooks and consult with relatives on family recipes. At my ripe old age now, I feel I know enough to put together a very pleasing meal and have become accomplished in my own right. Having an Irish father and an Italian mother, I'm glad I inherited the cooking gene (and the drinking one too!). One thing I have learned is that simpler is always better! I always believe cooking fills a need to nurture and show love. After being widowed fairly young and living alone with my dog and cats, I stopped cooking for awhile, since I really had no one to cook for. I made care packages for my grown son occasionally, and like to cook weekly for my boyfriend, so I feel like I am truly back in the saddle!!
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