Easy to make Cream of Mushroom Soup!

In winter, I find there is nothing nicer then coming in from doing outside chores to a bowl of homemade soup. Especially if it's accompanied by a nice big heel or thick wedge of bread still warm from the oven. Definitely what I would call comfort food.

This Cream of Mushroom soup is one of my favorites. I tweaked it a bit over the years to not be filled with too many calories. The good parts of this recipe is that mushrooms are low in calories, almost zilch as a matter of fact, they have no cholesterol and are almost totally free of fat and sodium. They also possess essential minerals which our bodies all need more of. To give the soup the awesome creamy flavor and texture you need a certain amount of cream but if you're really strong and want to lower the calories even lower then they already are you can just replace the cream with milk or even skim milk, just add an extra dollop of plain yogurt (however this will slightly alter the taste... still yummy but just a little more acidic).

crimini mushrooms
crimini mushrooms
oyster mushrooms
oyster mushrooms
portabello mushrooms
portabello mushrooms
shiitake mushrooms
shiitake mushrooms

Ingredients:

This recipe will make 4-5 good sized servings

  • 3/4 lb button or cimini mushrooms -- washed and sliced
  • 1/2 lb Shiitake, Oyster or Portabella mushrooms -- washed and sliced
  • 2 lg onions -- finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic -- finely chopped
  • 3 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup of table cream
  • 1/2 cup of plain yogurt
  • 5 tablespoons of flour
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh basil (1/2 teaspoon dried)
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme (1/4 teaspoon dried)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco (more if you like it spicy)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • chives or a green onion (finely chopped)(optional)

Methodology:

  • In a large saucepan slightly brown chopped onion and garlic in the olive oil
  • Stir in flour, keep stirring (using a whisk) once the flour is golden brown quickly add chicken broth (so as not to burn the flour) cook and stir until boiling
  • Add mushrooms once it all comes to a boil lower heat and let simmer covered for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally
  • Carefully blend until smooth (only 1/3 at a time and remember the mixture is hot) return to saucepan
  • Stir in cream, yogurt herbs and spices
  • Heat while stirring until the soup is hot (remember not to let the soup get too hot as the cream and yogurt could curdle)
  • Add Tabasco sauce
  • Taste and adjust salt and pepper if necessary
  • Pour into bowls, sprinkle with chopped chives or green onions and serve with wedges of fresh bread, biscuits or crackers

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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Research Analyst, thanks for taking a look and for commenting.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Research Analyst 6 years ago

cream of mushroom soup is tasty


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Hello Greek, how are you? Always glad when you pop in for a visit. Coffee, Tea?

Let me know how you liked the soup. I'm having some of it today with fresh homemade sourdough bread (which is baking in the oven right now). I found the most gorgeous portabellas at the grocery store yesterday. Yum...isn't it silly to actually look forward to such a fairly simple dinner?

Hope life is treating you grand

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

Right. I have printed the recipe and I shall prepare this for my wife as surprise next week. The problem is that you have so addicted with your writing, I am even reading the recipes :-)

No, but I am REALLY trying to learn how to cook. Thank you for this :-)


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Al make sure you give the soup a trial because it really is good. We have a Japanese restaurant in the next town over and my friends and I eat there frequently. I know it's probably not quite as good as authentic but their okonomi yaki pancakes are to die for. I've never had deep fried lotus bulbs but I make curry rice at home all the time. I should put my recipe into a hub one day...

greetings from an almost spring like Canada

Zsuzsy


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Mystique1957 6 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

Good Lord, Zsuzsy!!

Talk about mushrooms!!! I ate all kinds of mushrooms during my 6 years in Japan, and I swear it is one of the things I miss the most(apart from Okonomiyaki, Kare rice and lotus bulbs deep fried). This is a great variation of the cream and it does sound yummy!

Thanks for sharing this great recipe!

Thumbs up!

Warm regards and blessings,

Al


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Lorlie I was sure I was a fan of your for quite a while (when we were still fans and not followers. I've been reading your hubs... oh well it's fixed now.

As for the soup I just did the groceries and bought a big bag of mushrooms. Guess what I'm making myself for supper? Thanks for stopping by.

regards Zsuzsy


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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

No more Campbell's for me, Zsuzsy; this combination of fresh ingredients and herbs is duly noted, bookmarked, and you've a new follower-like you really need any more to add to your Hubbing Throngs! :)


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Habee, I have the canned soup in my cupboards all the time but I use them mainly on pasta dishes etc. I love, love, love the homemade soup. Hope you have a chance to try it sometimes.

Always glad when you came for a visit. Tea?

regards Zsuzsy


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Ashamed to say that I have never had homemade cream of mushroom soup! I like the canned stuff, so I can't imagine how wonderful the homemade must be! Thanks!


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

I've heard of chocolate being included in chili and in emu stew but not in mushroom soup. Either way I might not try it as I'm possibly one of the few weird people in this world that does not care too much for chocolate. (except in a rum ball or a ganache filled truffle once a year)

Thanks for coming for a visit and for commenting.

Kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Chef Mac 6 years ago from New York State

This is a good recipe! But I say load up the calories and walk the dog for an extra block or two. I haven't done enough recipes with my burgeoning hub empire, but you gave me an idea. Most people are going to freak when they hear this, but do you know chocolate goes really well in a mushroom soup? I SWEAR! That's going on my list to put up soon.


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Yes winter months and mushroom soup go hand-in-hand. Thanks for taking a look and for commenting.

regards Zsuzsy


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Epiphany99 6 years ago from TN

In the winter months like these i sure could use some mushroom soup. http://hubpages.com/@epiphany99


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Winsome, glad you stopped by. Fat-free-half%half? I never noticed that at the grocery store. I'm going to have to look for that and try it.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

fits4life happy to see you here. You're so right. Mushrooms are a great substitute for meat.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

Ditto on the cozy. I've already pulled up a chair and tucked my napkin in my shirt. Sliced baguettes or crackers? =:) Thanks for the recipe, I'll try it with the fat-free half & half we put in our mashed potatoes. Yumm!


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fits4life 6 years ago from Richmond

Thanks for making me hungry. I love mushrooms and often substitute them for meat. I've got my whole family eating them. Thanks for the recipe. Great hub.


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Hi Sally, I know what you mean about mushrooms, no matter how they're prepared they're great. I have not tried soy milk for any cream soups but my friend uses a product called Lactaid (I'm sure its available in your neck of the woods too). He says its almost as good as using cream (he just found out last year that he's lactose intolerant and is still experimenting with changing his fave recipes around).

Hope you're well

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Sally's Trove 6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

What a fabulous job of writing this recipe...I was salivating by the time I hit the basil in the ingredients list. I love mushrooms no matter how they are prepared, but I really miss cream of mushroom soup since I can't tolerate lactose. Zsuzsy, have you ever tried to make a cream soup recipe with soy milk?


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

I'll definitely have to give it a go. Thanks. :)


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

G, you're so very welcome. Always glad when you come by to take a look. Got time for a cuppa? Cuppa soup that is? With having the hub up and having some comments I really felt like making the soup. So that's what I had for dinner again with a crusty bun.

Hope you and your gang are okay (if you have any extra heat and sunshine in your neck of the woods can you ship me some? It's mighty damp, windy and cold here.)

take care

Zsuzsy


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GPAGE 6 years ago from California

I'm so excited about this hub! After having lunch with a friend and our discussion of homemade soups (she makes them all of the time), I did mention that I would like to make a good mushroom soup and this sounds yummy!

Thank you for always making your hubs "cozy!" G


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Kaie, hope you get a chance to try the soup. It really is great.

Thanks for taking a look and for commenting.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Princessa, how are you? I don't get out into the forests for mushrooms hunting as much as I used to when I still had the big farm (1/3 of it was mixed bush). I really miss it but then I guess we can't have everything.

However last year I went out with a friend and we struck gold as the morele mushrooms were just starting. We came home with several pounds each. That's when I even made the cream of mushroom soup with some.

So glad you had a chance to pop in. Hope you and your gang are okay.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Kaie Arwen 6 years ago

I tend to stay away from cream based soups when I cook.......... but I may have to experiment with this recipe. Thank you for sharing!


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Princessa 6 years ago from France

Sounds delicious. I enjoy going for a walk in the forest to collect mushrooms, usually I just cook them in an omelette or stir fried with garlic and white wine. My family enjoy having soups so I'll try this recipe, I am sure they are going to love it. For the children as long as it has plenty of cream they love it!

Take care,

xxx


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Sorry Chom the answer to your comment walked off too, thank you for taking a look and for commenting.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Sorry Audrey I posted a reply to your comment but it disappeared...floating around in cyber-land I guess.

Audrey thank you for taking a look and for commenting.

hope you're well

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Hiya Springboard! Thanks for stopping by.

I use canned mushroom soup in a lot of sauces and pasta dishes but the homemade mushroom soup is too good and never lasts to add to other meals.

I think table cream has a bit less fat content than half and half but not enough to worry about. Half and half will work just as well. I was just talking to my daughter on the phone and she says she makes with half and half for her hubby. Don't hold me on this but if I remember right, full out whipping cream is usually 35%, half and half 18% and the table cream that I buy is only 12%.

It really is a tasty soup especially with the stronger tasting shiitake mushrooms. Mind you I make it with whatever kinds of mushrooms I happen to have in the house, even made it with morrells last year. Or just the plain button or white mushrooms if I don't have the fancies.

Enjoy.

regards Zsuzsy


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

Love soups, and love hearty creamy ones—and of course, cream of mushroom is such a staple in my house (although mainly the canned variety) for so many dishes.

So, two questions. 1) would this soup be a good alternative to the canned variety for dishes calling for cream of mushroom soup. 2) hope I don't sound like a fool, but when you say table cream are you referring to half and half? Usually I use heavy whipping cream. Just want to be sure before I put this recipe to task.

Thanks for what I presume will be no less than a tasty hub.


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Hi Laura, how are you? I'm well thanks, just busy, busy, busy.

Always happy when you drop in for a visit. Around here when it gets warm out I seem to live outside and don't do much cooking in the house. I just use the BBQ for just about anything.

greetings from a damp-cold and snow covered Canada

Zsuzsy


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Laura du Toit 6 years ago from South Africa

Sounds delicious Zsuzsy and although its mid-summer here I do not need winter weather to enjoy soup. Thanks for sharing and hope you are keeping well!


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Hi Paradise, how are you? so glad you stopped in.

In the winter I probably have home made soup 2-3 times a week. And the cream of mushroom one is one of them almost weekly.

Hope you're well

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

Lovely soup, and you're so right--nothing like making a batch of soup on a cold winter's day. Thank you!


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Angelife, thank you for taking a look and for commenting.

Guess what, I have been making this mushroom soup with the same 'dreadful techniques' for the passed forty+ years, as has my Mom and my Grandma and never has this soup not thickened, nor has it ever curdled once the yogurt and cream went in. As you so kindly remarked, a novice cook needs to be careful not to heat the soup too long once cream and yogurt are added...I will add that into the hub...

I really love it when I get kind and nicely worded attacks (woops) I meant to say comments like yours.

Hope you have a really nice day

regards Zsuzsy


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AngeLife 6 years ago from Almost Heaven

Dreadful technique. If you don't gently cook the flour in the fat (oil) before you add the stock, it will clump and not properly thicken the soup, and taste pasty and raw. Also warn neophytes not to boil the mixture with yogurt and cream added, else it curdle into a fine mess. Learn the basics before you become an 'expert' who teaches others uninformed habits.


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Chom 6 years ago

It's great! I'll definitely try it out some day


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Sounds delicious and I never thought to add yogurt!


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Hi Tammy, how are you? Love the new avatar. Always glad when you pop in for visit. Let me know what your hubby thinks of the soup.

greeting from a damp-cold Canada

Zsuzsy


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago

My husband's favorite soup. I am definitely going to make it for him. Thanks!


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Alekhouse, so great that you stopped in for a visit. Mushroom soup is my absolute favorite soup. I make it regularly now as my kids were never too fond of it. One of the ups now that they have flown the coop is that I can have for dinner what I like, when I like.

Let me know what you think once you get a chance to try the recipe. It really is good.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Lily Rose so glad you stopped in. I don't much care for canned mushroom soup but I always have some in the cupboard. Mushrooms are almost a staple at my house I buy them every week. I had company on Sunday and made filled portabello caps.That gave me quite a few extra stems and rather than let them go to waste I made my soup yesterday it turned out so yummy again I thought I would share my recipe.

Hope you're well, regards Zsuzsy


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

I've made a lot of soup in my life but have never made cream of mushroom.....and I like mushrooms a lot. I'm going to have to try this. Thanks for what looks like a great recipe.


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Lily Rose 6 years ago from East Coast

Cream of Mushroom is my favorite soup. I'm ashamed to admit that the one I've eaten most often comes out of a can! I would love to try to make it myself someday - your recipe sounds delicious, thanks!


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Tony, how are you? Just read another one of your great hubs the other day. Always glad when you stop in for a visit. Let me know what you think of the soup once you try it.

regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Sweetie Pie, I love all kinds of soups. Especially in the winter. Glad you came for a visit.

Hope your chicken soup blew your cold away and that feel better.

regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Tobey thanks for stopping by I know what you mean about the food hubs. some are to die for. Hope you have a chance to try the mushroom soup out soon.

regards Zsuzsy


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

Love soup and especially mushroom soup! Thanks for this recipe which I will try very soon. Bookmarked!

Love and peace

Tony


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA

Sounds really yummy Zsuzsy Bee! I just made chicken noodle soup from scratch last night because I had a cold coming on!


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tobey100 6 years ago from Whites Creek, Tennessee

I have GOT to quit coming to these food hubs. You're killing me. I love mushrooms and this sounds delicious.

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