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Walnut Grove Recipes

Wild Mushroom Soup

Serves 4 to 6

  • 800ml chicken stock
  • 400g mixed wild mushrooms
  • 500g button mushrooms
  • 4 onions
  • 50g butter
  • bunch fresh thyme
  • 2 sticks celery
  • ½ leek
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 100ml fromage frais or double cream
  • 2 drops truffle oil


1. Slice onion, leek and celery (when you have chopped the leek, wash well and strain in a colander to remove any grit), heat a heavy based saucepan, add a tablespoon of vegetable oil and a knob of butter and cook the onion, leeks & celery over a medium heat until cooked but not coloured.

2. Chop the garlic and mushrooms and add to the saucepan, continue to cook until the mushrooms are soft. 

3. Add the chicken stock, bring to the boil and then simmer gently for 20 minutes.

4. Add the fromage frais or double cream, and liquidise until smooth.

5. Pass through a large fine meshed sieve using the back of a ladle to push the soup through, until all the soup has passed through the sieve. Discard the small amount of pulp left in the sieve, and be sure to scrape the bottom of the sieve to get all that goodness! Season to taste with salt & pepper, and truffle oil if you have it.

Serving Suggestions

Perfect for a winter lunch or a smaller portion as a starter. Serve with fresh crusty bread & butter.

Advanced Preparation

Can be made a couple of days before and kept in the fridge in an airtight container.

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