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How To Make Cream Of Mushroom Soup

Updated on September 4, 2016

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Tips on Buying mushrooms

Mushrooms is the fleshy body, or actually the fruit of a fungus, they usually are produced or grown above ground on soil or on its food source. The name mushroom is the standard for the cultivated white button mushroom.The name is most often applied to the fungi (Basidiomycota, Agaricomycetes) that have a stem, which is called a stipe , and a cap pileus, and it has what is called gills lamellae, sing. lamella or pores on the underside of the cap.


I usually purchase my mushrooms fresh from the supermarket or my local farmers market.

If available I like to purchase loose mushrooms, as opposed to packaged mushrooms . The reason for this is because ,I can hand select each one. I look for mushrooms that smell like mushrooms and nothing else, have no brown or moldy looking spots and are quite firm (not spongy)

Mushrooms can be purchase fresh, dried, preserved in cans or jars. When in a can or jar , they can be whole button mushrooms, sliced, or stems and pieces.

When bought fresh they usually have a little dirt on them so I make sure to wash them well before using.



A bowl Of Cream Of Mushroom Soup

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Cream Of Mushroom Soup

There is nothing wrong with cream of mushroom soup in a can, In fact I always have several cans on hand. I use it mainly for making gravies, or adding it to a casserole..

But when I actually want Cream of mushroom soup to eat as a soup , well then I prefer, homemade..Nothing better than a hot bowl of Cream of mushroom soup served with a crusty bread..

Here is my recipe..Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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Ingredients For Cream Of Mushroom Soup

  • 2 Tbls Butter
  • 2 Shallots, Minced
  • 1 Clove Garlic, Minced
  • 12 Oz. Mixed Mushrooms, Chopped
  • 1/4 Cup Italian Parsley, Chopped
  • 4 Slices Bread, Crust removed
  • 3 Cups Chicken Broth
  • Salt and Pepper, To taste
  • Pinch Nutmeg
  • 1 Cup Heavy Cream

Kitchen Tips: How to Sauté Mushrooms. Basic cooking techniques and tips for Sauteing Mushrooms

Instructions For Cream Of Mushroom Soup

  1. Melt butter in a heavy saucepan. Saute the shallots until soft, then add garlic, mushrooms and parsley.
  2. Cook over low heat for three minutes. Stir in bread, broth, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Raise heat and bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Puree in blender, then return to saucepan. Add heavy cream slowly and serve

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Mushrooms And Nutrition

Mushrooms are very nutritious. They are low in calories and full of antioxidant and immune-system-boosting nutrients.

They are a rich in other essential nutrients like riboflavin, and selenium. Selenium is an antioxidant that is necessary for the functioning of the immune system. The selenium in Mushrooms works together with vitamin E to protect healthy cells in human beings from the damaging effects of free radicals.

Did you know that mushrooms are the only vegetable which contain vitamin-D in an edible form? Mushrooms are full of calcium which is a requirement for healthy bones , skull and teeth . They also contain iron in which is good for maintaining healthy hemoglobin levels which prevents anemia and maintain overall health .Mushrooms also have potassium, which is good for hypertension and the lowering of blood pressure. Mushrooms also contain copper, riboflavin, niacin and folic acid.


Mushrooms have very few calories, but contain many essential nutrients.

A 1/2 cup of cooked mushrooms has only 20 calories, plus 2 g of protein, 2 g of fiber, 6 percent of your daily recommended intake of vitamin C and 8 percent of your daily iron need.

Mushrooms are good for us! Try them raw, sliced in a green salad or with a dip.





Storing Mushrooms.

Unfortunately fresh mushrooms do not stay fresh very long...

Having said that, it is best to use your mushrooms right away or plan to purchase your mushrooms, just a day or so before you plan to use them.

If your mushrooms are stored the right way, they can last up to a week.

The best way to store them is to place the unwashed mushrooms in a brown paper bag, and fold the top of the bag over. Store the brown bag in the refrigerator. The brown bag helps to keep moisture away from the mushrooms..

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      Faythe F. 13 months ago from USA

      Enjoy!

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      Nadine May 13 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks for that great recipe. Just what i will make tonight!

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      I love cream of mushroom soup. I too buy it in a can, but I would love to make it myself. Thanks for this recipe, I will definitely try it. One question, though, what do I do with the bread? Is it supposed to be broken up or made into crumbs? Does it dissolve in the soup?

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      Faythe F. 4 years ago from USA

      Thank You cygnetbrown I do hope you will try it..The weather is changing and I soon will be making again...my family loves mushrooms so this is a win win...

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      Donna Brown 4 years ago from Alton, Missouri

      I love a good homemade mushroom soup! Your recipe sounds outstanding!

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      Faythe F. 4 years ago from USA

      Vespawoolf this soup is really good on a chilly day..I had no idea that Peru thickened their soup with bread..Something my mother always did..thank you for the vote

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      I agree that there is nothing like homemade cream of mushroom soup. My husband isn't a big fan of mushrooms, but this would be fun to make for company. I think it's interesting that you use bread to thicken the soup, something that's common in Peru. I hope to try this soon. Thanks for sharing! Voted up.

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      Faythe F. 4 years ago from USA

      Thank You Chris Achilleos...for the votes up..I do hope you will try it

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      Chris Achilleos 4 years ago

      Great hub! I must admit I have never tried making mushroom soup. I have to try this recipe soon. Thanks for sharing!

      Votes up!

      Have a nice day,

      Chris