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Tomato Mushroom Soup to Celebrate National Mushroom Month

Updated on March 5, 2016

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Sauteed Mushrooms
Sauteed Mushrooms | Source

A Celebration

September is National Mushroom Month, and in honor of mushrooms I'd like to share a few of my favorite recipes with you.

At any given time if you open my refrigerator you'll more than likely be able to see at least one or two types sitting there waiting to be enjoyed. Although there are many species of editable ones our favorites lately include; Shiitake, Portabello, Crimini (this is the mushroom you see here in the picture), and Agaricus.

Whenever I make steak for dinner my family always looks forward to their meat being topped with sauteed mushrooms and onions.

Grow Your Own Mushrooms

Pearl Oyster's have a nutty taste with a hint of oyster.

The Pearl Oyster Mushroom Garden Patch- Indoor Mushroom Growing Kit - Grow Edible Mushrooms & Fungi. Easy & Fun Mush Room Grow Kits
The Pearl Oyster Mushroom Garden Patch- Indoor Mushroom Growing Kit - Grow Edible Mushrooms & Fungi. Easy & Fun Mush Room Grow Kits

Grow organic Pearl Oyster mushrooms and enjoy the first first harvest in 2 weeks. The kit includes mycelium infused substrate and illustrated grow and harvest instructions.


Look At How Big This Is!

Largest living organism
Largest living organism

In Oregon this giant honey mushroom is said to be over 24,000 years old. It can be found in the Malheur National Forest, in eastern Oregon.

If you'd like to read more about the Armillaria ostoyae, there is a great article at ABC News

Photo Source: The Amazing Wild Nature.

Used with written permission.


Add Peppers to Your Sauteed Mushrooms

We love garlic in our house and when I make sauteed mushrooms I always add fresh garlic. Just recently I started adding either green, yellow, red, or orange peppers to this dish. The peppers give the recipe a bit more bulk as well as adding a great taste. You can always omit any of the ingredients I have listed and just have sauteed mushrooms.

  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Cook time: 10 min
  • Ready in: 20 min
  • Yields: 4-6


  • 8 oz of sliced mushrooms (I used Crimini)
  • 1 green pepper cut into medium size pieces
  • 1 onion sliced thick
  • 2 -3 cloves of garlic thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbs. of Canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 -2 Tbs. of butter


  1. 1. In a medium size frying pan heat up the oil on a medium-high setting.
  2. 2. Add the onions and cook for about one minute.
  3. 3. Add the green pepper, garlic, and continue to cook and stir fry for another minute.
  4. 4. Add the mushrooms along with the butter, cook stir until the mushrooms are done to your liking.
  5. 5. Remove from heat and enjoy.
5 stars from 1 rating of Onion Garlic Fried Mushrooms
Soups On!
Soups On!
  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Cook time: 30 min
  • Ready in: 40 min
  • Yields: 3-6 people

Tomato Mushroom Soup - An Easy Soup to Make Using Fresh Tomatoes

  • 3 cups of peeled chopped fresh tomatoes (approx. 4 medium tomatoes)
  • 1/2 cup of chopped onion
  • 2 1/4 cups of water
  • 1 5 1/2 ounce can of tomato paste
  • 2 tsp. of sugar
  • 2 tsp. of salt (I used sea salt)
  • 1 tsp. of dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp. of dried thyme
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup of sliced mushrooms
  • 2 Tbs. of butter
  • 2 Tbs. of flour
  • 1 cup of milk (I used 1%)


  1. 1. Start by peeling your tomatoes. To do this bring a pot of water to a boil. Lightly score the tomato making a cross around it. Place it into the boiling water for 15-20 seconds. Carefully remove it from the pot and immerse in cold ice water. Once cool enough to handle remove the skin by simply pulling it off. Once all of your tomatoes are peeled chop them.
  2. 2. Chop the onion, and slice the mushrooms.
  3. 3. In a medium size pot add the chopped tomatoes, mushrooms & onion, along with the water, tomato paste, sugar, salt, basil, thyme, and pepper.
  4. 4. Cook over medium heat and stir until everything comes to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for ten to fifteen minutes.
  5. 5. In a large pot on medium heat add the butter. Once it has melted add the flour and blend.
  6. 6. Slowly add the milk constantly stirring until it is thick.
  7. 7. Add the tomato mixture slowly and stir well to heat.
  8. 8. Serve and Enjoy!

Making Tomato Mushroom Soup - Photo Tutorial

Tomato peels easily. Chop the tomatoes. Gather Ingredients. Starting to make the soup.
Tomato peels easily. Chop the tomatoes. Gather Ingredients. Starting to make the soup. | Source

Almost Soup Time

Soup is ready to simmer. Blend flour with butter. Add the milk. Combine with the tomato mixture.
Soup is ready to simmer. Blend flour with butter. Add the milk. Combine with the tomato mixture. | Source

Soup's Ready Let's Eat! - Top with raw mushrooms, cheese, or fresh herbs


My Favorite Ways to Use Mushrooms

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QuicheIn an omeletteIn spaghetti and or lasagne sauceStuffedWith tortelliniSteak topper
Quiche | Source
In an omelette
In an omelette
In spaghetti and or lasagne sauce
In spaghetti and or lasagne sauce
With tortellini
With tortellini
Steak topper
Steak topper

What is your favorite way to eat mushrooms?

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @sandi_x: Thanks Sandi!

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      sandi_x 4 years ago

      Interesting reading. Thanks!

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      I think I'm now hungry, just from this binge on lens reading. Your photographs are really calling to my appetite. Thanks.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I love mushrooms and can eat them any way really. My favorite way though is to gather three different types of mushrooms and make them into a hearty stew. Yum!

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      ChocolateLily 4 years ago

      Any way possible!

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      Lisa Auch 4 years ago from Scotland

      Love mushrooms, fried I butter and over a steak :)

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      SuzyShopping 4 years ago

      Definitely garlic mushrooms!

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      tok2gman 4 years ago

      Nice lens and recipes. Thanks for sharing and congrats on your Purple star. Personally I enjoy mushrooms in many ways, sometimes even raw in a salad. Could not say what favorite option would be. There are so many amazing recipes and ways to prepare mushrooms, and a multitude of mushroom varieties.

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      Martina 4 years ago from Croatia, Europe

      I love mushrooms every almost in every way, love them the most when hey are grilled.

      Great Lens!

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      Monica Lobenstein 4 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      Sautéed over pasta, but it's hard to stop there. My mouth is watering at these pictures!

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 4 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      I love mushrooms, so I loved your lens! I like creamed mushrooms on toast or fish, and also whole grilled portobello. Very nice photos :-)

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      Yum! I love mushrooms exactly as you have sauteed them, as well as in soups. Wishing you all the best in this month's Food Club vote.

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      Stephanie Tietjen 4 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      My favorite way I eat them: fried rice, with lots of onions, garlic, mushrooms and other veggies (sometimes w/bacon). I love mushrooms! All the ways you've shown them are also my favorites.

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      Sandy Dell 4 years ago from Lenore, Idaho

      Mushrooms are also very good cut up raw into green salads! We also like to grill large portabellas for 'steak'. Yumm!

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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      My favorite way to eat mushrooms is raw in a salad (or as a snack) or sauteed (preferably with garlic and onions) in ANYTHING! Thanks for the wonderful recipes and photos and good luck in the Food Quest voting!

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 4 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Great lens: I love mushrooms any way you serve them, I'm with your household add some fresh garlic.Thanks for the great recipes here

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      Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      I like mushrooms in Hot and Sour soup at the Chinese restaurant, on salads, on burgers, in pasta and many other things. One of my favorite ingredients.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @anonymous: Thanks!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Yummy lens. Good luck on the Squidoo Food Club Quest: September

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      sybil watson 4 years ago

      I think my favorite way is just sauteed in olive oil with garlic. These recipes sound fantastic, especially for a cold fall day. The mushroom kit looks like a lot a fun to have with the kids, too.

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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Sauteed in butter with onions on beef or chicken. Yummy lens!

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      RealHousewife 4 years ago

      I LOVE mushrooms! I like them sautéed and served over steak or shrimp...or as a side dish...I love the porcini mushrooms and on pizza, soups, sauces! YUM!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @anonymous: Thanks and I hope you enjoy the recipes.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I bookmarked your lens, going to try out each of them..!