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Country Mushroom Soup

 Country Mushroom Soup
The big fresh-mushroom flavor of this soup sets it apart from other recipes I've tried. After preparing this family favorite for guests, I frequently get recipe requests. -Elsie Cathrea, Elmira, Ontario
4 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Cook: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 to 2 bay leaves
  • 2/3 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 to 5 cups sliced fresh mushrooms (about 1 pound)
  • 2/3 cup half-and-half cream or milk

Directions

  • In a 2-qt. saucepan, melt butter; stir in flour until smooth.
  • Gradually stir in broth until smooth. Add salt, pepper and bay
  • leaves. Simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Meanwhile, in another saucepan, saute the celery and onion in oil
  • until tender. Add mushrooms; cook and stir until tender. Add to
  • broth mixture; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for
  • 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add cream; heat through. Discard
  • bay leaves. Yield: 4 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 cup) equals 305 calories, 26 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 51 mg cholesterol, 916 mg sodium,

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Nutritional Facts: 12 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 6 g protein.