- 1 ounce dried mushrooms (porcini, morels, or shitakes)
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 sprigs of rosemary
- 2 sprigs of thyme
- 1 large yellow onion, peeled and thinly sliced
- 3 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 tsp freshly ground white pepper
- 1 pound white button mushrooms, cleaned and thinly sliced
- 1 pound shitake mushrooms stemmed, cleaned and thinly sliced
- 6 cups chicken stock or water
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
Soak the dry mushrooms in 1 cup of warm water for 20 to 30 minutes, until plump.
Heat the olive oil in a large pot over a medium flame. Bundle the rosemary and sage together and tie with kitchen twine. When the oil is hot, add the herb bundle and sizzle for a few minutes on both sides to infuse the oil.
Add the onion, garlic, salt and pepper and cook for 5 minutes, until the onion is soft and translucent but not brown.
Turn the flame to high and add the white mushrooms and shitakes. Cook for 10 minutes, during which the mushrooms will give off their liquid (which should evaporate quickly due to the high heat) and deflate significantly. Stir occasionally.
Add the chicken stock and the dried mushrooms along with the soaking water. Simmer for 30 minutes. Remove the herbs and then add the cream and butter. Remove about 1/4 of the mushrooms and reserve. Puree until smooth, then add back the mushrooms and warm over a low heat if needed.
From Smitten Kitchen