Ina’s Garden: Cooking in Comfort

With the weather getting cooler, I can think of nothing more comforting than making soups! One of my favorites (besides a simple beef vegetable soup) is Ina’s cream of wild mushroom soup.

Making this soup is a bit time consuming, but it’s therapeutic in a way. As the stock of carrots, onions, mushroom stems and thyme are slowly simmering, you start to smell the amazing aroma of the leeks and mushroom caps bubbling and browning in butter. That smell makes me close my eyes, inhale deeply, and exhale the word “butter” in a rather dreamlike state, a la Meryl Strep in Julie and Julia. After the base stock is done and the browned mushroom caps and leeks have been added, the soup looks delicious enough at this point. But, then Ina adds both half and half and heavy cream to make the soup extremely velvety. The first time I made it I couldn’t believe how delicious it was! Who knew homemade cream of mushroom soup would be this tasty? This soup is the utmost in satisfaction especially when served with some crusty bread croutons and extra parsley.

If you’ve made an Ina dish for this week’s Cooking in Comfort, link up below! Or, if you couldn’t join us this time around, we hope to see you link up on October 6th when the theme will be Fall Family Favorites!


34 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. chutneyandspice
    Sep 15, 2011 @ 09:08:05

    what lovely writing, you really bring the soup to life and the photos make me want to eat it even more!

  2. JamieAnne
    Sep 15, 2011 @ 09:11:38

    The photos are beautiful! The soup looks and sounds amazing!

  3. Three-Cookies
    Sep 15, 2011 @ 09:18:49

    The weather is bit dull here today – this would be perfect. As temperatures drop perhaps it would make sense to substitute half and half with heavy:)

  4. Louanne
    Sep 15, 2011 @ 09:29:23

    Oh goodness, that looks so delicious! Definitely adding to the fall soup queue!

  5. Ronda
    Sep 15, 2011 @ 09:29:35

    Oh that would be perfect today. It is so cold in Minneapolis!

  6. ambrosiana
    Sep 15, 2011 @ 09:49:52

    What a great soup!!! If this isn’t comfort food, then I don’t know what is!! Bravissima!!

  7. Eileen
    Sep 15, 2011 @ 10:11:08

    I’m not crazy about mushrooms, but I love cream of mushroom soup. Go figure. That looks delicious!!

  8. claire
    Sep 15, 2011 @ 10:29:04

    it is starting to get cool… w killer 69 degrees!
    this looks amazing!

  9. Reem | Simply Reem
    Sep 15, 2011 @ 10:34:20

    What a lovely read…. I really enjoyed the way you describe making this soup…
    This soup looks delicious….
    Absolute comfort and warmth in a bowl

  10. Ameena
    Sep 15, 2011 @ 10:40:34

    This is perfect for the fall temps that we are actually having here in LA! Love Ina…one just can’t go wrong with her recipes.

  11. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Sep 15, 2011 @ 11:53:03

    I could almost smell it when you were describing the broth. Sounds just decadent, amazing and perfect for fall.

  12. spicegirlfla
    Sep 15, 2011 @ 13:19:57

    Your photos and description are absolutely mouthwatering!! It’s truly a tease because I’m allergic to mushrooms!!!

  13. ceciliag
    Sep 15, 2011 @ 14:48:52

    Oh I love it.. that is something I really want to make.. and I am NOT allergic to anything! YAY! ok so if winter means this soup.. well maybe it can get a wee bit cooler.. c

  14. Mary
    Sep 15, 2011 @ 14:53:53

    Love Ina and love this soup – your’s looks fantastic
    Mary x

  15. saffronandhoney
    Sep 15, 2011 @ 17:43:49

    I love mushroom soup and that bowl looks like serious comfort food:)

  16. Beth
    Sep 15, 2011 @ 17:52:13

    This looks fantastic. I don’t think I’ve ever been disappointed by one of her recipes.

  17. Peggy
    Sep 15, 2011 @ 18:00:45

    Oh I just love cream of mushroom soup! And the leftovers can always be used for green bean casserole =)

  18. kankana
    Sep 15, 2011 @ 20:11:09

    I am a huge fan of Ina and this is great creamy soup.

  19. Mary
    Sep 15, 2011 @ 21:56:47

    This is such a lovely soup. I love Ina Garten’s recipes. You did her proud. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  20. Caroline
    Sep 15, 2011 @ 22:38:00

    Ina Garten’s recipes are the best, aren’t they? This soup looks so delicious!!

  21. peachkins
    Sep 16, 2011 @ 03:01:15

    I am a soup girl and I love love love the sound of this soup!

  22. cooking varieties
    Sep 16, 2011 @ 04:05:04

    hi yummy chunklet, both mushroom and leeks are among my top favorite ingredients- so i bookmark this. to try out.
    must be extra delicious with all the other blends included… thanks for this 🙂

  23. Cher
    Sep 16, 2011 @ 08:36:23

    So glad soup season is coming back…
    How do you think this one compared to Dorie’s Paris Mushroom soup?

  24. April @ The 21st Century Housewife
    Sep 16, 2011 @ 10:37:35

    Your mushroom soup looks lovely. I really enjoyed how you described the smells while it was cooking – my mouth is watering!! Definitely great comfort food!

  25. forgottenbeast
    Sep 16, 2011 @ 10:55:11

    This sounds SO GOOD. I’ve been craving mushroom soup for probably a month. And it keeps appearing everywhere…taunting me. I had such luck with my last Ina soup, too, so I’m sure this is amazing! Missing out on this Garden, but will hopefully make it for the next!

  26. Miriam
    Sep 16, 2011 @ 12:33:31

    I really enjoyed trying your soup for lunch yesterday, it was delicious. I think I should hire you to cook for the boys this weekend if my filming location is going to be near you.

  27. Food,Photography & France
    Sep 17, 2011 @ 01:32:06

    Nice shot and comforting Autumnal post.

  28. Simply Life
    Sep 17, 2011 @ 12:13:57

    I LOVE soups this time of year! Great photos!

  29. Anita Menon
    Sep 17, 2011 @ 15:45:49

    i have heard so much about ina that I am compelled to buy her cookbook now. the soup looks really comforting. plus it’s vegetarian. That’s actually a plus plus.

  30. Inger Wilkerson
    Sep 17, 2011 @ 19:08:55

    Your description of smelling this cooking had me drooling. Sounds wonderful!

  31. Tasty Mayhem
    Sep 18, 2011 @ 20:30:31

    The weather turned cool this week and all I could think about was soup. I bought the ingredients for a Thai lemongrass soup and for a pork belly hot pot. Of course its going back up into the 80s. These look great!

  32. Grumpy Grateful Mom
    Sep 19, 2011 @ 00:01:11

    I think cream makes everything better. I’ve never made homemade cream of mushroom soup before, but your descriptions make me want to try it. 🙂

  33. The Orange Bee
    Sep 21, 2011 @ 20:46:21

    As soon as it cools down here I’m making this. It looks delicious and is one of my favs! Lovely photos too.

  34. Tiffany
    Sep 28, 2011 @ 07:10:47

    Now this I am very excited about! I love soup and this picture is perfect for a rainy day!!

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