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
  • 4 cups/900 ml light chicken (or vegetable) broth (I use 4 teaspoons Better than Bouillon Chicken with 4 cups water)
  • 1 sprig of flat parsley
  • Salt, to taste (at least 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 ounces/56 ml high-quality sherry (I skip this)


  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. (Blending the soup really well using high speed is a really important step to ensure a creamy consistency, especially if cutting back on the butter. I tried using an immersion blender and it wasn’t able to blend enough to create the desired texture).
  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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