Mushroom Soup Marsala
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5 from 11 votes

Mushroom Soup Marsala

These portabella mushrooms are combined with just the right blend of spices and then simmered in a marsala wine sauce. 
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: comfort, wine
Method: Stove Top
Skill Level: Intermediate
Servings: 4
Calories: 229kcal
Author: Marilyn Lesniak


  • 1/2 ounce dried porcini mushrooms about 1/2 cup
  • 4 cups chicken stock or vegetable stock
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil plus more for frying bread
  • 1 pound crimini baby portobello mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 4 shallots chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup Marsala wine
  • Good-quality white peasant or Italian bread, sliced
  • 1/2 cup flat leaf parsley finely chopped
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese


  • In a medium size pot, simmer the porcini mushrooms in the stock to soften, about 10 minutes.
  • In a soup pot, heat 1/4 cup Olive oil over medium-high heat. When the Olive oil begins to ripple, add the crimini mushrooms and cook until lightly browned and tender, 12-15 minutes. Add the shallots, garlic, bay leaf and thyme; season with salt and pepper. Stir until the shallots soften, 2-3 minutes. Add the marsala, scraping the bottom of the pan. Cook until reduced by half.
  • Remove the porcini mushrooms from the stock; chop, then add to the pot. Pour the porcini stock into the soup pot, being careful not to add the last few spoonfuls where grit may have settled. Add 2 cups water to the pot, then let simmer until flavors combine, about 10 minutes, and season.
  • In a skillet, heat a thin layer of Olive oil over medium. Add the bread and cook until light golden and crisp.
  • Before serving, stir the parsley and lemon juice into the soup. Place a piece of fried bread in each soup bowl, sprinkle with a little cheese and top with soup.


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Serving: 1cup | Calories: 229kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 1153mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg