Last summer, I ordered this Wild Mushroom Bisque at Zupas. It's fantastic and ever since, I've been determined to recreate it. I think this recipe is pretty darn close!
I found these dried wild mushrooms at Costco and they are perfect for this recipe. Anything similar to these would work great.
Wild Mushroom Bisque
4 c. dried wild mushrooms
2 T. olive oil
1 T. butter
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
5 c. good quality chicken broth (I use either homemade or Swanson)
1/2 t. dried thyme
3/4 c. heavy cream
salt and pepper
Place mushrooms in a large mixing bowl and cover with lots of hot water. Let soak for at least 10 minutes. Drain (and reserve) the mushroom liquid, squeezing mushrooms of excess water. Roughly chop mushrooms.
In a large pot, heat oil and butter. Add onion and garlic and cook until soft, but not browned (3-5 minutes). Add chicken broth, thyme, mushrooms, and 2 cups of the mushroom liquid. Simmer with pot half covered for about 30 minutes. Pour about 3/4 of the soup into a blender and blend until smooth. Return to pot and stir in cream and salt and pepper to taste. (Add more mushroom liquid if soup is too thick.)I absolutely fell in love with this soup and I am dying to make it again. Enjoy!