Classic Cream of Mushroom Soup

Easy Homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup

Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy homemade mushroom soup recipe, quick mushroom soup recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 3 servings
Energy: 315 kcal
Author: Jennifer Maloney
This recipe makes 2 large bowls or 3 smaller ones. I keep the recipe in these increments since it equates to one tray of mushrooms and the better part of one carton of chicken broth. I'm also only cooking for 2 or 3 most often. That said, you can double or triple the as needed, to feed more.
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Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter cut into 3 pieces
  • 1/2 cup yellow onions finely diced
  • 8 oz fresh mushrooms (button or mixture of button, cremini oyster etc), cleaned and sliced (1 standard "tray")
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves or 1/4 tsp. dried thyme leaves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream if using a lighter cream, mix with a couple teaspoons of cornstarch before adding to soup

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan, melt 1 Tbsp. of the butter over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring, until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the mushrooms, thyme, salt, and pepper and the second 1 Tbsp. of butter. Cook, stirring regularly, until the mushrooms start to brown, about 5 minutes. Add the last 1 Tbsp. of butter and stir to melt. Add the flour and cook, stirring constantly for about 30 seconds to a minute. Add the stock and stir while returning the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.
  2. *At this point, if you like a thicker soup, you can remove a few of the mushrooms with a bit of soup to puree and return to the pot or simply pulse a few seconds with an immersion blender. Neither is necessary if you'd rather leave it with all whole mushroom pieces.
  3. Add the cream and cook for a further minute or two to heat. Taste and adjust seasoning, as necessary. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Be sure to read the "Cook's Notes" in the original post, for more tips, options, substitutions and variations for this recipe!