Elegant Oyster Soup

Ingredients:

  1. 2 tablespoons butter
  2. 1/2 cup carrot, finely chopped
  3. 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
  4. 1/2 cup celery, finely chopped
  5. 1/2 cup button mushrooms, chopped
  6. 1/2 cup butter
  7. 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  8. 1 quart chicken broth
  9. 1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained
  10. 1 bay leaf
  11. 3/4 teaspoon salt
  12. 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  13. 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  14. 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  15. 1/4 teaspoon dried sage
  16. 1 cup heavy cream
  17. 12 shucked oysters and juice

Directions

Cooking time: 45 minutes

  1. In a large pot, saute chopped carrot, onion, celery and fresh mushrooms in 2 tablespoons of butter for 5 minutes or until the onions are transparent.
  2. In another large pot, melt 1/2 cup butter and stir in the flour. Cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Whisk in the chicken broth to the flour mixture. Add the sauteed vegetables, artichokes hearts, bay leaf, salt, cayenne pepper, thyme, oregano and sage. Simmer for 30 minutes over medium heat.
  4. Whisk in cream and add oysters; bring to a simmer, but do not boil.

Source: allrecipes.com

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