Joe's wild mushroom soup

Time 35 minutes
Yields Serves 2 to 4
Joe's wild mushroom soup
(Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times)
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Dear SOS: Had dinner a few nights ago at the Joel Palmer House in Dayton, Ore. Most everything was mushrooms, but I have to say the wild mushroom soup was probably the best I’ve ever tasted.

Charles Boco

Studio City

Dear Charles: Chef and owner Christopher Czarnecki was happy to share the recipe for wild mushroom soup, rich with flavor yet simple to make. It’s not surprising that the soup is so good. His father and restaurant founder Jack Czarnecki is a legendary mushroom hunter and cook.


Combine the porcini and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and cook at a very gentle simmer for 20 minutes; the liquid will reduce by about one-fourth. Remove from heat and set aside to cool for 10 minutes.


Purée the mushrooms and liquid in a blender, then return the purée to the saucepan and stir in the onion powder, salt, butter, sugar and soy sauce. Simmer gently for 5 minutes.


Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with crème fraîche.

Adapted from the Joel Palmer House in Dayton, Ore.