Cream of Mushroom Soup

mushroom soup

As the days get cooler and cooler every day, my thoughts are turning again to soup. To get soup season started, I thought I’d do “Seven Days of Soup”, with a new soup recipe every day.

Day 5: I grew up on Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom soup but clearly my tastes have matured because it’s just not cutting it for me anymore. Homemade Cream of Mushroom soup is one of the easiest to make and is just so yummy. Experiment with the wide variety of mushrooms that are available these days, including some of the great dried ones that can be re-hydrated and added to this recipe (To re-hydrate dried mushrooms, simply soak in enough warm water to cover for about 15 minutes. Drain, reserving soaking liquid. Add a bit of the soaking liquid into the soup in place of chicken stock).

I never make this with heavy cream. It’s just too much guilt for me :) I use mostly half and half (10%) cream topped up with 1% milk. Pureeing a bit of the soup and adding back in helps to thicken it up and make up for the heavy cream.

Other Days:
Day 1 – Italian Cooked Bread Soup
Day 2 – Hearty Tuscan Soup
Day 3 – Minestrone Soup
Day 4 – Roasted Corn Chowder
Day 6 – Chicken Tortilla Soup
Day 7 – Pasta e Fagiole


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  1. Hi, can I use beef stock instead of chicken stock? Do you think this will affect the flavor of the soup? Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Tiffany, Yes you can use beef stock and yes, it will affect the flavour of the soup. I think it will still be nice though (just different :)

  2. I love that your soups call for ingredients that I already have in my cupboards!

  3. I loved your story, Kelly and always happy to share soup with a fellow Canadian girl :) I think you would enjoy the cauliflower one, as well.
    All is well with me. Still in winter hibernation mode here, but the winter has been mild so not as bad as usual!

  4. Hey Jen….
    Hope all is well with you…. It was 8pm this Sunday evening and I was thinking…. I was at Costco Friday and got their Bella mushrooms (the darker ones) they come 1.5 # to the pkg…. I gotta use them up… I wasn’t liking the recipes that came up on pg one of my google search… Am I ever glad I went to pg 2 because I recognized the forty something and Food and Whine !!! That’s that lovely fellow Canadian Girl !!! I read so many recipes that I used 4 C of chicken broth instead of 6… I thought I read it !!! ooops ! This recipe rocks ! It turned out a lovely thickened consistency…. I took out some pieces… about 4 ladels worth and pureed the rest… that’s just how I like it…. and I used 3 T virgin coconut oil and 3 T organic butter…. and more garlic but….yum! I was just making it for myself so I took most of the pureed soup and put it in a glass container and when I reheat it later I will add the heavy cream…. I had about 4 ladels left in the pot and added a 1/4 cup of cream to what I was having tonight…. extraordinarily delicious… You’ve done it again with your wonderful recipes…. ! Thanks so much… I’ll have to try your Cream of Cauliflower soup soon…. Take care…. Kelly

  5. Thanks Maria. Let me know how you liked it! – Jen

  6. I can’t wait to try this recipe, I appreciate all of the alternative suggestions, thank you.

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