Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl, Cindy Barr
Hands-on Time
35 Mins
Total Time
35 Mins
Serves 4

Pureed cauliflower creates a wonderfully creamy soup; meaty shiitakes add textural flair.

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat a large saucepan over high heat. Add 2 teaspoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add leek; sauté 1 minute. Add 1/8 teaspoon salt. Cover, reduce heat to low, and cook 5 minutes or until leeks are softened, stirring occasionally. Add cauliflower, 1 cup and 6 tablespoons stock, 3/4 cup water, and thyme. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 7 minutes or until cauliflower is very tender. Place cauliflower mixture in a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth. Return to saucepan. Stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, milk, butter, and pepper. Keep warm.

Step 2

Thinly slice mushroom caps. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add remaining 2 teaspoons oil to pan, and swirl to coat. Add mushrooms; sauté 6 minutes or until browned. Add remaining 2 tablespoons stock, Worcestershire sauce, and sherry vinegar. Cook 1 minute or until liquid is reduced and syrupy.

Step 3

Spoon about 1 cup soup into each of 4 bowls. Top each serving with about 2 tablespoons mushroom mixture. Sprinkle evenly with parsley.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

ashleyjo25's Review

November 19, 2013
I made this soup tonight for my husband and I and it was EXCELLENT! It was extremely easy to make and flavorful. I did substitute and low fat milk for whole milk and used a dried mixed bag of mushrooms instead of just the shitakes. The sherry vinegar was substituted for white cooking vinegar and it came out great! We also paired this with the roasted broccoli with garlic and anchovy recipe from cooking light.

curleypack's Review

November 03, 2013
The mushrooms put this dish over the top. Loved them with it.

Foodee2's Review

November 04, 2013

jquinl's Review

October 28, 2013
I followed the recipe exactly, and this was terrible! The house smelled bad, the flavor was bland, and the texture had a gummy feel. My husband agreed. I pitched the soup and sent out for pizza.

kateerf's Review

November 09, 2013
I made this for guests and we thought it was excellent. Very easy to make. The mushrooms are a critical component (can even make more than suggested). I suggest mixing the mushrooms throughout the soup and using the parsely as a garnish.

magyargirl's Review

October 23, 2013
I made this soup tonight. My market didn't have the leeks, I substituted white onions instead, it still came out very good. Tasted very creamy and a bit spicy with the white pepper. I would make it again.

VanessaCalito's Review

October 27, 2013