Creamy Mushroom Leek Soup with Peppery Parmesan Croutons


For the soup:

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 medium leeks, white and green parts only
2 cups cremini mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
¼ cup white wine
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1/3 cup whole milk
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  • pinch kosher salt

    For the croutons:

     2 large slices brioche, cut into ¼-inch pieces
     2 tablespoons olive oil
    1 tablespoon grated Parmesan
    2 teaspoons freshly cracked pepper


    1. Trim the leeks and use only the white and green parts. Cut them into thin rounds, no more than ½-inch thick. Plunge the rounds into a bowl of cold water and swish them around thoroughly to wash any dirt out of the leeks. Repeat this until the water is completely clean.

    2. In a heavy bottomed soup pan melt the butter and add the leeks. Saute them for about 5 minutes, or until they are completely wilted and translucent. Then add the mushrooms and sauté for another 5 minutes, or until the mushrooms have shrunk and become a darker brown.

    3. Pour in the wine and scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Once it is nearly evaporated add in the flour and stir for one minute. Then slowly whisk in the stock until there are no lumps left.  Pour in the milk and add the salt. Feel free to add more salt to taste if necessary.

    4. Simmer the soup for 5 minutes, then add puree it with a hand blender or in a standing blender. Serve warm, topped with the croutons.

    5. To make the croutons: Toss the bread, olive oil, Parmesan and pepper in a large bowl until bread is evenly coated. Warm a skillet to medium, add the bread and turn it occasionally until completely toasted. About 5 minutes.

    Naptime Notes

    Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

    This makes an excellent first course for a larger dinner and also terrific when paired with a sandwich for a hearty lunch.

    Naptime Stopwatch

    10 minutes prep time, 15 minutes cook time


    Naptime Reviews

    My husband enjoyed this soup and I loved it. I still credit it for my somewhat quick recovery in time for our New Year’s party!



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