Le Petit Cafe, an intimate bistro in Santa Monica, has become famous for their mushroom soup, which guests have described as "beyond our wildest dreams"! What better for a healthy warm-me-up on wintry nights? We have secured the recipe, and intend to try it in the very near future. Here it is for Relocity's blog readers:
Total time: 50 minutes | Serves 6 to 8
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 pound white button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/4 cup dry sherry or white wine
  • 1 quart vegetable broth or water, more if desired
  • 3/4 pound russet potato (about 1), peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and white pepper
STEP 1 In a large, wide, heavy-bottomed saucepan heated over medium-high heat until hot, add the butter and oil. Stir in the onion and cook until softened and just beginning to color, 5 to 6 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the mushrooms and continue to cook until the mushrooms are softened and just beginning to color, 8 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently. STEP 2 Stir in the wine, scraping any flavoring from the bottom of the pan. Add the vegetable broth and potatoes, cover loosely and simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes. If the liquid reduces too quickly, add a little more broth or water and continue cooking. STEP 3 Blend the soup, then bring back to a gentle simmer. Stir in the cream and season with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, or to taste.
Each of 8 servings:
Calories 153; Protein 3 grams; Carbohydrates 15 grams; Fiber 2 grams; Fat 9 grams; Saturated fat 5 grams; Cholesterol 24 mg; Sugar 4 grams; Sodium 601 mg
Le Petit Bistro, Santa Monica