Wild Mushroom, Leek, and Potato Soup

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Liz Jackson, Libby's Bistro in Gorham, New Hampshire

By Liz Jackson chef and the owner of Libby’s Bistro in Gorham, New Hampshire. Serve this hearty soup for lunch. You can substitute half-and-half or low-fat milk for the cream, but it won’t taste as rich.


6 to 8 servings


1 cup leeks, thinly sliced
4 tablespoons butter
1 cup peeled and diced potato (1 medium)
1 pound (about 8 cups) assorted wild mushrooms (shiitake, po
2 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon paprika
1 quart chicken stock
2 cups heavy cream
salt and pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme


In a stockpot over medium-low heat, saute the leeks in butter for 10 minutes. Gently stir in the potatoes and saute for 10 minutes longer, or until tender. Add the mushrooms and saute for 5 minutes longer. Gently stir in the flour and paprika, and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the chicken stock, increase the heat to a fast simmer, and cook for 20 minutes. Add the cream; stir and cook until slightly thickened. Puree in batches in a blender or food processor. Add salt and pepper to taste, stir in thyme, and serve.


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