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Playing Rach's "Shut-the-Door Good" Mushroom Soup + Garlic Bread

"I was literally drooling when I wrote this recipe!" says Rach. The rich, creamy soup is fantastic on its own, but even better paired with the garlic bread, which Rach prepares like hasselback potatoes. The loaf is kept whole and the butter mixture is stuffed into crosswise slits, then baked until hot and crispy. Rach likes to dip pieces of it into the soup and says the combo is "shut-the-door good!" 

For more hearty soup recipes from Rach, check out her Bread and Tomato Soup and Classic Minestrone


For the Hasselback Garlic Bread:
  • 1 medium loaf crusty French bread
  • 1 stick of butter, very soft, almost melted
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated
  • ½ cup grated Gruyere cheese
  • ½ cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • ½ cup minced parsley
  • Salt and pepper
For the Cream of Mushroom Soup:
  • 2 tablespoons EVOO
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 ½ pounds cremini mushrooms, wiped and very thinly sliced
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 2 large shallots, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground sage
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • ½ cup Marsala or white wine
  • 1 quart beef bone broth or stock or mushroom stock for vegetarian preparation
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • Finely chopped chives, to serve


Serves: 4


Preheat the oven to 400°F. 

For the garlic bread, slice through the crusty bread 1 inch apart, but not all the way through.  

Stir together the almost-melted very soft butter with garlic, cheeses and parsley and season liberally with salt and pepper. Fill the sliced bread using small offset spatula or small rubber spatula. Wrap bread in foil, bake 12 to 15 minute until hot, then uncover and bake a few minutes more to brown top.  

For the soup, in a deep soup pot or risotto pot, heat EVOO and melt butter into it over medium high heat. 

10-Quart Covered Stockpot

10-Quart Covered Stockpot

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Add mushrooms and brown them 8 to 10 minutes, then add salt and black pepper, shallots, garlic, thyme and sage and stir 2 minutes more. Add flour and stir 1 minute. Add Marsala and stir. Add the broth or stock, bring to simmer, then add heavy cream and white pepper and reduce heat to low. Simmer gently 20 minutes. Stir in chives and serve with garlic bread.