Leigh Beisch
Total Time
1 Hour
Makes 6 to 8 servings

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.

How to Make It

Step 1

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

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 5

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

Step 6

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Ratings & Reviews

Specialkae's Review

June 03, 2013

ElizaThorn's Review

November 01, 2009
Really liked this recipe. I didn't have pancetta, so I used bacon, and I also used a combination of mushrooms, cremini, maitake, oyster, shiitake, and porcini. Beautiful color, and very filling.