Ingredients

How to make it

  • Melt butter over medium heat in a large pot.
  • Cook leeks and sugar, stirring, for 2 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring often, for about 30 minutes or until starting to caramelize.
  • Increase heat to medium-high
  • stir in mushrooms, thyme, and 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper.
  • Cook, stirring often, for about 10 minutes or until mushrooms release their liquid and start to brown.
  • Stir in brandy and cook, stirring, until evaporated.
  • Stir in stock and bring to boil
  • Deglaze the pot, by scraping up brown bits stuck to pot.
  • Simmer for about 20 minutes or until flavors are blended.
  • (Soup can be cooled, covered and refrigerated for up to 2 days. Reheat to steaming before serving.)
  • Just before serving, make the croutons.
  • Preheat oven to 450ºF
  • In a bowl, drizzle bread cubes with melted butter and toss to coat.
  • Sprinkle with cheese and toss to evenly coat, pressing to make the cheese adhere if necessary.
  • Spread out in a single layer on a lightly oiled baking sheet.
  • Bake for about 8 minutes or until deep golden and crispy (watch closely that they don't burn).
  • Remove from baking sheet immediately using a spatula and transfer to a bowl.
  • Season soup with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Ladle into warmed bowls and serve topped with hot croutons.

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  • lolobug 3 years ago
    This looks awesome and I can't wait to try it for my Easter lunch starter....rating to come (no doubt 5* LOL)
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    " It was excellent "
    tomgreg2008 ate it and said...
    I used olive oil instead of butter, molasses instead of brown sugar, and added a bit of garlic. Very tasty. Thanks so much.
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    " It was excellent "
    minitindel ate it and said...
    yummmmmmm sounds wonderful thank you

    five

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  • jlv1023 6 years ago
    another great recipe, and winter is coming, will save for a cold day

    Janet
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    " It was excellent "
    blondeberry ate it and said...
    Sounds wonderful, added it to the soup club and high 5s.
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    " It was excellent "
    pat2me ate it and said...
    This sounds terrific and cold weather will be here before we know it!
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  • chefelaine 6 years ago
    Picture will not take for some reason...
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  • 22566 6 years ago
    Nice flavorful sounding soup,thank-you.
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    " It was excellent "
    momo_55grandma ate it and said...
    thanks great recipe
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  • aaaazzzz 6 years ago
    Ohhh Chef Elaine, this looks wonderful! I may make some up tomorrow for my chilly windy rainy Labor Day weekend. Thanks for sharing.
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