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    Creamy Cremini Mushroom Soup

    Reduced-fat sour cream and low-fat milk make this soup creamy without all the fat. The pudgy brown mushrooms called cremini are generally firmer and richer-tasting than common white mushrooms.


    • 1 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1 large onion, chopped
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, or 1/2 teaspoon dried
    • 1 pound cremini mushrooms, sliced
    • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
    • 3 1/2 cups homemade chicken broth, or 2 14-ounce cans reduced-sodium chicken broth
    • 1 cup reduced-fat sour cream
    • 1 cup low-fat milk
    • salt, to taste
    • freshly ground pepper, to taste
    • lemon juice, to taste
    • dry sherry, to taste, optional


    Step 1
    Heat oil in a Dutch oven or soup pot over low heat. Add onion and cook, stirring until soft and translucent, 5 to 7 minutes. Add thyme and cook for 1 minute more. Stir in mushrooms, cover pot and steam until the mushrooms exude their moisture, about 5 minutes.
    Step 2
    Sprinkle flour over the mushrooms. Increase heat to medium and cook, stirring, for 3 to 4 minutes. Gradually whisk in broth, scraping up any flour that clings to the pan. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened and smooth, 5 to 7 minutes.
    Step 3
    Combine sour cream and milk; whisk into the mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper. Gently heat until the soup is hot but not boiling. Just before serving, stir in lemon juice and sherry (if using).

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