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Mixed Mushroom Soup

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Earthy and satisfying, mushrooms are the star of this hearty and deceptively simple soup.

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  • Servings: 4
  • Yield: Makes 7 cups

Photography: Anna Williams

Source: Body+Soul, January/February 2008

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce dried porcini mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 leeks, halved lengthwise, thinly sliced and rinsed
  • Coarse salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 pound assorted fresh mushrooms, such as white button, cremini, oyster, and shiitake (stemmed), rinsed and chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 can (14 1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/2 cup marsala wine (optional)
  • 4 cups vegetable broth

Directions

  1. Soak porcini in 1 cup warm water until softened, about 20 minutes. Lift porcini from liquid and coarsely chop; strain liquid through a cheesecloth-lined sieve and reserve.

  2. In a large pot, heat oil over medium. Add leeks; season with salt and pepper and cook for 5 minutes or until tender.

  3. Add garlic, porcini, and chopped mushrooms, season with salt and pepper, and cook for 7 minutes or until mushrooms just begin to brown. Add fennel seeds, bay leaves, tomato paste, and tomatoes, and cook for 3 minutes. Add marsala (if using), porcini liquid, and broth. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes. Discard bay leaves before serving.

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