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Recipe: Wild mushroom and butternut squash soup

Combine fall flavours into this hearty and delicious squash soup.


  • 1/2 cup wild rice
  • 1 oz dried porcini mushrooms
  • 7 cups boiling water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 
lb shiitake mushrooms, 
thinly sliced
  • 1/2 
lb chanterelle mushrooms, cleaned
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup minced shallots
  • 1 stalk celery, minced
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 3 
cups peeled, diced 
butternut squash
  • 1/2 cup 35% cream
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp chopped thyme


1 Fill a saucepan with 3 cups cold water, add rice and bring to a boil.

2 Reduce heat to medium and cook until rice 
is soft and beginning to burst, about 35 to 40 minutes. Drain and reserve.

3 Place porcinis in a bowl and cover with boiling water; allow to soak until they soften, about 30 minutes. Squeeze water out of mushrooms and chop finely. Strain the mushroom soaking liquid, discarding gritty bits; reserve liquid for the soup base.

4 Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add shiitake mushrooms and sauté until golden and softened, about 5 minutes. Add the chanterelles and cook just until softened, about 2 minutes. Pour in the brandy and stir for a minute, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom 
of the pan. Set aside.

5 Melt the butter in another large 
pot over medium heat. Add the garlic, shallots, celery and kosher salt. Cook for 5 minutes, until the vegetables 
are beginning to brown slightly. Add the flour and stir for 1 minute so the vegetables are coated. Pour in the mushroom soaking liquid a little at 
a time, stirring to prevent lumps.

6 Add the butternut squash and let soup simmer gently for about 7 minutes.

7 Add the reserved wild rice, shiitakes, cream, nutmeg and thyme, cooking gently just until soup is heated through.

Serves: 4 to 6

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