Anthony Bourdain’s Mushroom Soup

I found this recipe on It’s from Anthony Bourdain’s Les Halles Cookbook. This is a delicious, creamy mushroom soup that contains no cream.


  • 6 tablespoons butter (I use 3 tablespoons)
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced (I use 3/4 cup)
  • 12 ounces/340 g button mushrooms, sliced (I use 16 ounces: 8 ounces of button and 8 ounces of crimini
  • 4 cups/900 ml light chicken stock or broth
  • 1 sprig of flat parsley
  • Salt, to taste (at least 1 teaspoon)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 ounces/56 ml high-quality sherry (I skip this)
  • For a richer soup, use more butter or add 1-2 tablespoons heavy cream before serving.


  1. In a medium saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter (I use 1 tablespoon) over medium heat and add the onion. Cook until soft and translucent.
  2. Add the mushrooms and the remaining butter (I use 2 more tablespoons). Let the mixture sweat for about 8 minutes, taking care that the onion doesn’t take on any brown color.
  3. Stir in the chicken stock and the parsley and bring to a boil. Immediately reduce the heat and simmer for about an hour.
  4. After an hour, remove the parsley and discard. Let the soup cool for a few minutes, then transfer to the blender and carefully blend at high speed until smooth.
  5. Return the soup to the pot, season with salt and pepper, and bring up to a simmer again. Add the sherry (if using), mix well, and serve immediately.

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