French Fridays with Dorie Greenspan – Paris Mushroom Soup

I first participated in French Fridays with Dorie a couple of weeks ago and planned to do it again when my schedule allowed and that was not through the holiday season of the past couple of weeks! Add holiday shopping (and shipping!) at my Vino Luci boutique to my full time web biz and this blog on top of Christmas baking for gifts? Can you say overwhelmed! That post was two weeks before Christmas and I’ve been so swamped that it just hasn’t happened despite my best intentions but I was pleasantly surprised by all of the sweet comments and look forward to doing better…or just accepting I’m going to be a once a month kind of girl!

Late yesterday afternoon I saw Renee with tweet about the fantastic mushroom soup she was making from Dorie Greenspan’s book ‘Around My French Table’  (pp 72-73)) and sure enough it was for French Fridays with Dorie and I was inspired. Inspired not only because I was hungry after being on the go all day without lunch but it helped that I had fresh mushrooms in the fridge and anticipated I would have the ingredients for a soup…so glad that but for parsley I did have everything and it was literally within minutes that I had chopped onions and garlic sizzling in a pot.

This dish was so simple; sauteed onions, garlic and mushrooms combined with white wine, rosemary and chicken broth. Simple and simply divine. I might normally not have rosemary readily available but I’ve had great success with a small rosemary ‘tree’ I bought at Whole Foods for the holidays. It seems to rather like the window box above my kitchen sink and is growing like crazy so I was delighted to have a recipe for mushroom soup using one of my favorite herbs and killed the proverbial two birds with one stone by giving the rosemary a little trim!

Dorie suggests serving the soup as they do at the Paris bistro, Les Papilles, on top of a salad comprised of raw mushrooms, chives, parsley, salt, pepper and then finishing with dollop of crème fraîche on top. I didn’t do the salad, opting instead to top the soup with some quickly sautèed mushrooms and in lieu of crème fraîche a dollop of Greek yogurt. An amazing mouthful of flavor yet filled with very little fat; it felt like a great soup to start the New Year with when so many of us want to get ourselves back into an après holiday routine with lighter and healthier fare.

The ONLY thing I did that put a different spin on Dorie’s recipe was to add a piece of rind from the last piece of Parmesan that I had purchased. I can’t stand to pitch that hard piece of cheese that I cut off before using Parmesan so I save those pieces in a container that I store in the freezer. I’ve found that it’s a great addition to soups, sauces and stews so I put a nice chunk in while the broth simmered and though subtle I could sure tell and loved the addition!

I used my immersion blender when it came time to blend the ingredients into soup form. It was the perfect instrument for me with the end result being not a totally smooth consistency but having some substance to the mouth-feel. Sort of like my mashed potatoes, I like more rustic versions!

From thought to plate…30 minutes, and it was simply FANTASTIC!

Want to join in this adventure? Join French Fridays with Dorie and follow the group on Twitter.

While readers might ask us to include recipes for our posts, we would rather you purchase the book yourselves (it is a wonderful book to own or gift to someone) and you can do so by clicking on the book; it will take you to the Amazon website.

I’ve used Dorie’s link for this action; the wise people who manage the state of Colorado decided that people who purchase online have to file and pay state sales tax on purchases; as a result of the burden of that action, the equally wise (?) folks at Amazon decided to cancel all Colorado accounts; so I’ve linked this book to Dorie’s account; somehow that seems only right!


  1. says

    I love your post (and blog in general). I love to cook with parmesan rind and am glad to learn it pairs well with this recipe. Look forward to more of your posts.

  2. says

    Barb – I love, love, love this soup. And I have the book – top three of all my cookbook purchases in 2010. :) Oh, how I wish I had time to contribute to French Fridays with Dorie. Maybe soon.

    Oh, if your rosemary tree gives out and you need more? Call the RGB. :)


    • says

      Thanks Bren and I couldn’t agree with you more. You would love Dorie’s cookbook and this soup? So easy and so good I think it is on my list of winter staples. I’ve had a bowl now for four days in a row and was sad when it was gone!

  3. says

    I think I’ll use a Parmesan rind next time I make this. My partner really liked the soup, but was disappointed when he learned that it didn’t involve cheese in any way at all.

  4. says

    Drat. I have cheese rinds in my freezer and didn’t even think about them- I bet they give the soup a lovely flavor. (Not that I didn’t think it was lovely to begin with- we loved it!) Yours is gorgeous, and I love your soup plate! :)

  5. Lora @cakeduchess says

    Gorgeous soup! I love how you added the Parmesan rind and dollop of yogurt. I am now interested in getting this soup done ;)

  6. says

    Very nice – I loved that it was so simple and didn’t require a lot of out of the ordinary ingredients. I also love the concept of throwing the cheese ends into a pot of soup. Such a great use of a resource.

  7. says

    Beautiful photo Barb and that soup looks wonderful. I’ve been saving parmesan rinds for that same reason. Can’t remember where I read about it first. I’m loving soups right now.

  8. says

    Looks just like my French nanny would cook. Very nice presentation. I’ve been gone a few weeks and it is so nice to visit all the new folks that have joined the group. Look forward to visiting often B:)

    • says

      Many reasons to buy Dorie’s book…I’ve only participated in a couple of the FFWD but the first thing I ever made was the Apple Cake when company was coming. WHY? Did I let them have any? :)

    • says

      Thank you Jessica! I sort of felt it had to have some contrast to not look like a bowl of mud; but I think it’s also one of the few times I did something more than just take a quick snap before eating. I wanted those mushrooms and the yogurt to be mounded in the middle but feared they would sink into the soup so I took one of the really small glass bowls I use for mise en place, and put it in upside down before pouring the soup. Made all the difference!

  9. says

    You did a *souper* job with your soup! Your idea to save the last bit of parm is an awesome idea Barb. I will start doing that in my kitchen as well. Have a great weekend.


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