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Wild Mushroom Chowder with Bacon and Leeks

Potatoes, bacon, leeks, and mushrooms are sautéed in a bath of butter and herbs for a hearty chowder recipe that is like a hug in a bowl.


wild mushroom chowder with bacon and leeks in a bowl with a spoon

A-Hunting We Will Go.

Here in the great Pacific Northwest, we’re lucky enough to have miles upon miles of soggy, rain-drenched forest right in our backyard, teaming with wild mushrooms. Chanterelles are our very favorite, and every autumn—once enough rain has fallen—we drive out to our secret spot and hunt to our hearts content. Deliciously earthy with a slightly fruity aroma, we love adding our prized mounds of foraged chanterelles to everything from risotto to pasta to this creamy chanterelle chowder.

Loaded with bacon, potatoes, chanterelles, and plenty of heavy cream it’s basically one big pot of everything good in life.

wild mushroom chowder in a large pot topped with fresh chives

Comfort Food, Upgraded.

Sophisticated ingredients deserve the royal treatment, and wild mushrooms fall in to that category for sure. If you foraged your own, you worked really hard for every last one of these golden mushrooms, and if you bought them at the store, you surely paid a premium. But don’t stress about it—just enjoy your spoils! And if you decide to make this soup, trust that you’re doing the very best by those precious fungi that you possibly could. Here’s everything you’ll need to make this cozy, elegant mushroom chowder:

  • Bacon
  • Butter
  • Leeks
  • Celery
  • Chanterelles
  • Fresh thyme & a bay leaf
  • Flour
  • White wine. (Oh, darn. You’ll have to open a bottle of wine. Better pour yourself a glass while you’re at it).
  • Chicken or vegetable stock
  • Nutmeg & cayenne pepper.
  • Potatoes, cut in half
  • Cream
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bacon and onions sauteed in a large pot
wild mushrooms sauteed in a large pot
wild mushroom soup in a large pot

How to Make Wild Mushroom Soup

This chanterelle soup requires only one pot so you don’t need to wash any extra dishes. If you can’t find chanterelles at your local market, use any wild mushrooms that you can find at the store—morels or lobster mushrooms would be delicious—or regular old white button or cremini mushrooms will also work.

  1. Pop and sizzle! Fry the bacon in a Dutch oven until crispy.
  2. Toss in your foraged mushrooms and herbs into the same pot until they smell deliciously fragrant and are slightly darkened around the edges.
  3. Thicken the chowder base with a dusting of flour.
  4. Deglaze with white wine, scraping the bottom of the pot to ensure you get all the good bits. Next comes chicken broth, potatoes, and spices.
  5. Simmer.
  6. Pour in the cream and cook on low until as you stir in the cream.
wild mushroom soup in a large pot topped with fresh chives

Tools You’ll Need:

wild mushroom soup in a white bowl topped with fresh chives

Other Mushroom Dishes For The Adventurous Soul:

Meaty, earthy and just a little mysterious—we’re talking fungi here, after all!—mushrooms are one of our very favorite ingredients. Try these mushroom recipes the next time you go hunting (or just have a hankering):

A Chanterelle Mushroom Recipe Worthy of The Fabulous Fungi.

Dig into a bowl of chowder that warms your belly from the inside out. Snap a photo of your wild mushroom soup, and maybe even a video of the beautiful people you feed it to. Tag us on Instagram using @themodernproper and #themodernproper. Happy eating!

Wild Mushroom Chowder with Bacon and Leeks

  • Serves: 4
  • Prep Time:  15 min
  • Cook Time:  40 min
  • Calories: 324


  • 4-6 strips of thick bacon, sliced into 1/4 inch strips
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup leeks, white and light green parts, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup celery, finely chopped
  • 8 oz chanterelles (or other mushrooms) roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tbsp flour (optional)
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 lb baby yukon gold potatoes, cut in half
  • 1 cup cream


  1. In a large, dutch oven or soup pot, over medium heat, fry the bacon pieces until slightly crispy. Add the butter, leeks and celery. Sauté the leek mixture for 5-7 minutes until the leeks and celery begin to soften.
  2. Turn the heat to medium-high and add the chanterelles, thyme and bay leaf. Sauté for 3-5 minutes, until the mushrooms are soft.
  3. Add the flour and stir to incorporate.
  4. Slowly pouring the white wine in, scraping the bottom of the pot. Allow to simmer for 3-5 minutes until the wine reduces by half.
  5. Add the chicken stock, potatoes, salt, pepper, nutmeg and cayenne. Bring to a boil. As soon as the stock begins to boil, turn heat back down and simmer for 15 minutes until the potatoes are tender.
  6. Add the cream and heat through.
  7. To serve, top with freshly ground pepper and fresh herbs.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories324
  • Protein9 g
  • Carbohydrates37 g
  • Total Fat13 g
  • Dietary Fiber5 g
  • Cholesterol32 mg
  • sodium476 mg
  • Total Sugars12 g

Wild Mushroom Chowder with Bacon and Leeks

Questions & Reviews

Join the discussion below.

  • Martha E Bloomquist

    I’d like to freeze this. You say it should be ok but I wonder if turned out for someone who did.
    Btw it’s absolutely delicious! I used sake instead of white wine cuz that’s what I had and used my homemade bone broth. Yum!!

    We haven't tried freezing this one yet Martha. If you give it a shot we'd recommend fully thawing in the fridge then reheating slowly.

  • Mark Phillips

    Do you drain the bacon grease?

    No you do not Mark. Hope you enjoy!

  • Sandra Spear

    Can this recipe and your others be frozen.

    We haven't tried freezing this one yet. It should be ok, thaw completely and reheat slowly.

  • Danielle Strickler

    I would rather use rice over potatoes. How would that change the recipe? Thanks!

    That sounds delicious! I would just cook it in some stock (for flavor) and add it to the soup. I wouldn't try adding it raw to the soup.

  • Libby

    This was fantastic! If you don't do dairy, this was delicious even before I added the cream. The only tiny tweak I made was to throw the whole sprig of fresh thyme in instead of stripping the leaves. Fished it out right before serving. Will definitely make this again.

    Thanks Libby, so glad you loved it!

  • Anna

    I've been making this soup for years and thought it's about time I leave a review. It's easy and delicious but sounds fancy so is great for making for guests! For those asking about freezing, I usually freeze a few portions each time I make a batch and it always turns out well.

    Thanks Anna, we are so glad you l love this soup. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review!

  • Sarah

    We made this last night for dinner and it was amazing. It was the perfect comfort food on our rainy day. The mushroom and wine combo was delicious!! We added a bit more bacon and sadly had no cayenne pepper so we used paprika instead and it was still wonderful. Perfect comfort food.

    Thank you Sarah, we are so glad you loved it! It is such a comforting meal!

  • Sattie

    Love this soup!! I too replaced the celery with extra leeks. But I also added a little garlic and a squeeze of lemon. It is our new favorite soup. Thanks so much for the recipe.

    Thanks so much Sattie, we love to hear that tit is a favorite, yay!

  • Michele Scott

    Absolutely d’lish. A recipe worthy of the time spent foraging. The perfect combination of gourmet flavour and hearty texture. This will become a go-to recipe each fall. Thank you.

    Thank you Michele! We love when people let us know something becomes a go-to! Glad you enjoyed it!