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Mushroom-Potato Soup with Smoked Paprika

Smoked paprika--known as pimentón in its native Spain--adds a deep woodsmoke flavor to this hearty soup. Prep and Cook Time: 1 hour. Notes: Shiitake, oyster, and mitake (also called maitake or hen of the woods) are great here, but button or cremini mushrooms work well too.

Sunset OCTOBER 2006

  • Yield: Makes 6 to 8 servings
  • Total: 1 Hour


  • 2 ounces dried porcini mushrooms
  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh button mushrooms
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 ounces pancetta, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika (pimentón)
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 3 russet or Yukon Gold potatoes (1 1/2 lbs.), peeled and chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 to 8 tbsp. crème fraîche or sour cream


1. In a small bowl, pour 1 cup boiling water over dried porcini. Set aside.

2. Cut off stems of button mushrooms. Finely chop stems; set aside. Halve caps, slice, and add to stems. With a slotted spoon, lift out porcini, pressing excess liquid into bowl, and transfer to a cutting board. Finely chop porcini and add to stems and caps. Reserve soaking liquid.

3. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat and add onion and salt. Cook, stirring, until onions are soft, about 3 minutes. Add pancetta and cook until onions look a bit creamy, about 2 minutes. Add paprika and cook until very fragrant, 2 minutes. Turn heat to high and add mushrooms. Cook, stirring constantly, until mushrooms start giving off their liquid, 3 to 5 minutes.

4. Add wine and cook until liquid is reduced by half, about 3 minutes. Add reserved porcini soaking liquid (pouring carefully to leave behind the sandy dregs), chicken broth, 2 cups water, and potatoes. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, until potatoes are tender, 10 to 15 minutes.

5. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot, with a dollop of crème fraîche.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 265
  • Calories from fat: 51%
  • Protein: 8.3g
  • Fat: 15g
  • Saturated fat: 6.1g
  • Carbohydrate: 25g
  • Fiber: 4.2g
  • Sodium: 713mg
  • Cholesterol: 17mg

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Mushroom-Potato Soup with Smoked Paprika Recipe