Wild Pain in the Behind of a Mushroom Soup

I have to fess up here:  I do not have a mushroom soup recipe of my own.  My experience yesterday making Barefoot Contessa’s Cream of Wild Mushroom Soup has now enlightened me to the fact that I really need a mushroom soup recipe of my own. 

My husband asked me to make this for his birthday on Wednesday, then come Wednesday he wanted to go out to dinner instead (it’s a monstrous buffet that gives you a free meal on your birthday and prime rib on Wednesdays–worth skipping meat the rest of the day, if you ask me).  So when Thursday rolled around, I had all the ingredients lined up, I had the toddler napping…what more did I need?  What I needed was a sous chef.  And a scullery maid.  And an extra hour of the toddler napping.  That recipe makes a delicious soup that involves way more time over the stove than I am used to or willing to take.  How long did it take, you ask?  It took just shy of three hours over the stove to accomplish this soup.  Again, tasty, but I really need to streamline this if I’m ever going to attempt cream of mushroom soup again. 

Here’s my game plan for the future attempt: 

  • Make the stock in the slow cooker one day, puree it (for a thicker finished product than the original recipe produces) and combine it all either shortly before serving or reheat it all in the slow cooker during naptime. 
  • Sautee the leek-and-mushroom component ahead of time, fridge it all, then see above.
  • Using super-thick homemade rice milk should make it vegan, not to mention cheaper. 
  • Try cornstarch instead of flour as a gluten-free thickener.  However, if I’m using the aforementioned rice milk, that might be overkill.  I want mushroom soup, not mushroom dip. 

So, lesson learned, like with the Eggplant Parmesan Debacle.  When I do have my own recipe, maybe I’ll call it “Barefootandpregnant Contessa’s Easy Mushroom Soup.”  Yeah.  Catchy.  I like it.


About Erin McCole Cupp
Erin McCole Cupp is a wife, mother, and lay Dominican who lives with her family of vertebrates somewhere out in the middle of Nowhere, Pennsylvania. Her short writing has appeared in Canticle Magazine, The Catholic Standard and Times, Parents, The Philadelphia City Paper, The White Shoe Irregular, Outer Darkness Magazine, and the newsletter of her children’s playgroup. She is a contributor to CatholicMom.com and has been a guest blogger for the Catholic Writers Guild. Her other professional experiences include acting, costuming, youth ministry, international scholar advising, and waiting tables. When Erin is not writing, cooking or parenting, she can be found reading, singing a bit too loudly, sewing for people she loves, gardening in spite of herself, or dragging loved ones to visitors centers at tourist spots around the country. Find out more about her novels and other projects at erinmccolecupp.com .

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