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Homemade Creamy Mushroom Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds baby bella (cremini) mushrooms, sliced (reserve 1/2 cup)
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 stalk celery, minced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon finishing oil, for garnish (optional)
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Believe me, I am not even exaggerating when I tell you this Homemade Creamy Mushroom Soup recipe was one of the best mushroom soups, I have ever tasted. Honestly, I love a great tasting, creamy soup that is super easy and quick to prepare. Sliced baby bella mushrooms combined with fragrant, fresh thyme and softened shallots made for the perfect spoonful of goodness. Garnishing this incredible creamy soup with crispy mushrooms added a perfect touch of nuttiness, and texture.

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a blue bowl filled with homemade creamy mushroom soup garnished with puff pastry croutons, fresh parsley and three crispy mushroom slices with a red pot of mushroom soup in the background

BEST MUSHROOMS FOR SOUP

Food markets currently offer a wide variety of mushrooms. So, how do you know what type of mushrooms are best for Creamy Mushroom Soup?

  • BUTTON MUSHROOMS are great as far as texture, but may not have as much flavor as other varieties of mushrooms.
  • CREMINI OR BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS are brown in color and due to their age, have more flavor than button mushrooms. Cremini mushrooms are always a great substitute for button mushrooms, and vice-versa.
  • SHIITAKE AND OYSTER MUSHROOMS can also be used for Creamy Mushroom Soup. The chewiness of these mushroom varieties will alter the texture of the soup.

Feel free to use a combination of mushrooms to create this fabulous Homemade Creamy Mushroom Soup recipe.

How to clean mushrooms

In my opinion, the best method to clean any dirt or grit from mushrooms is to use a damp paper towel, or mushroom brush. Alternatively, mushrooms can be washed in cold water, and then dried with a clean cloth. This is NOT my preferred method. However, some would agree washing mushrooms is the best way to rid them of dirt.

TIPS FOR MAKING THE BEST HOMEMADE CREAMY MUSHROOM SOUP

As mentioned above, this Mushroom Soup is super quick and easy to prepare. Here are few tips to ensure your Creamy Mushroom Soup comes out perfectly, every single time:

  • to save time, purchase pre-sliced mushrooms
  • if you have time, slice on your own (be consistent with knife cuts)
  • allow the mushrooms to sweat down to at least half their size prior to dusting with flour
  • white or yellow onion can be substituted for shallots
  • substitute with vegetable stock to make a vegetarian mushroom soup
  • use beef stock instead of chicken stock for a heartier soup
  • once the stock has been incorporated, simmer until the soup has thickened
  • half-and-half, coconut milk, sour cream and/or soy milk are great substitutes for heavy whipping cream (substitutes may alter the thickness of the soup)
  • fresh thyme will impart more flavor than dried thyme
  • for a creamier soup, blend prior to serving
  • taste for salt throughout the cooking process
  • optionally, garnish with a nice finishing oil
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WHAT TO SERVE WITH CREAMY MUSHROOM SOUP

Creamy Mushroom Soup can be enjoyed as a meal, starter or as a side dish. Here are some great ways to serve up this delicious and hearty soup:

  • with a sandwich
  • enjoyed with crusty bread
  • serve garnished with croutons (see below how I made my cheesy puff pastry croutons)
  • pair with a side salad or roasted vegetables
  • enjoy a cup as a start to a meal
  • pour inside a crispy puff pastry shell

How to make my cheesy puff pastry croutons

Grab a sheet of puff pastry. Cover half with shredded Gruyère cheese. Fold over. Press to seal the edges. Cut the pastry into small squares (the size of a crouton). Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Brush the squares with an egg wash. Bake at 400° for about 15 minutes.

STORAGE

Mushroom soup will keep in the fridge for up to four days. Freeze in an air-tight container for up to three months.

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a blue bowl filled with homemade creamy mushroom soup garnished with puff pastry croutons, fresh parsley and three crispy mushroom slices with a red pot of mushroom soup in the background

Homemade Creamy Mushroom Soup


Description

This Homemade Creamy Mushroom Soup recipe was one of the best soups I have ever tasted. Honestly, I love a great tasting creamy soup that is super easy and quick to prepare. Sliced baby bella mushrooms combined with fragrant fresh thyme and softened shallots made for the perfect spoonful of goodness. Garnishing this incredible, creamy soup with crispy mushrooms added a perfect touch of nuttiness and texture.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds baby bella (cremini) mushrooms, sliced (reserve about 1/2 cup)
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 stalk celery minced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon finishing oil, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Clean mushrooms and slice. Be sure to reserve about 1/2 cup to crisp up and use as a garnish.
  2. Melt the butter in a soup pot with the minced shallots and celery.
  3. Allow the vegetables to soften for a few minutes.
  4. Add the sliced mushrooms.
  5. Season with kosher salt, black pepper and fresh thyme.
  6. Allow the mushrooms to cook down for about 10 to 15 minutes.
  7. Dust the mushrooms with flour. Stir.
  8. Allow the raw flour taste to cook off. About two minutes.
  9. Pour in the stock. Scrape up the bits from the bottom.
  10. Simmer on medium-low for another 15 minutes.
  11. Incorporate the heavy whipping cream. 
  12. Simmer another 5 minutes. 
  13. Taste for salt.
  14. As the soup is in its final simmer, crisp up the reserved mushrooms in a pan with the oil. 
  15. Stir in the fresh chopped parsley.
  16. Pour into individual cups or bowls. 
  17. Garnish with fresh thyme, fresh parsley, drizzle of finishing oil, a few crispy mushrooms and croutons (optional).
  18. ENJOY!

Notes

SEE POST FOR NOTES AND TIPS!

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Category: Soup, Bisque
  • Method: Easy

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 serving

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