Creamy Mushroom Soup

Creamy Mushroom Soup

I realize it’s almost the middle of March and that I posted a milkshake recipe on Wednesday, but in Michigan it is definitely still Winter. It snowed today, which makes this the perfect time to share this soup with you. It’s warm and comforting, and yet it’s a little bit lighter than your traditional winter soup. It’s creamy and not too thick and perfect for the “I can’t wait for spring” weather we’ve been having.

I was leafing through a friend’s cookbook when this recipe jumped out at me. I’ve been semi-obsessed with mushrooms recently and this did not disappoint. Mike and I both loved this soup.  It has a deep mushroom flavor that was exactly what I was hoping for. As I mentioned above it’s not overly thick, but after some time with the immersion blender it was perfectly smooth and creamy. The sherry and cream added the perfect finishing touch to the soup, giving it an additional depth of flavor. It’s safe to say this is another soup that will be added to the Winter rotation.

Creamy Mushroom Soup

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Creamy Mushroom Soup


6 tablespoons unsalted butter
6 large shallots , minced (about 3/4 cup)
2 small cloves garlic , minced (about 1 1/2 teaspoons)
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg , freshly grated
2 pounds white button mushrooms , wiped clean and sliced 1/4 inch thick
3 1/2 cups chicken stock or canned low-sodium chicken broth
4 cups hot water
1/2 ounce dried porcini mushrooms , rinsed well
1/3 cup dry sherry or Madeira
1 cup heavy cream
2 teaspoons lemon juice from 1 lemon


Melt butter in large, heavy-bottomed Dutch oven over medium-low heat. When the foaming subsides, add shallots and saute, stirring frequently, until softened, about 4 minutes. Stir in the garlic and nutmeg and cook about 1 minute longer, or until fragrant. Increase heat to medium and add the sliced mushrooms. Stir to coat with butter. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms release liquid, about 7 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover the pot, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms have released all their liquid, about 20 minutes. Add chicken stock, water, and porcini mushrooms. Cover and bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to low and simmer until mushrooms are fully tender, about 20 minutes longer.

Puree soup using an immersion blender or in batches in the blender until smooth. If using a blender, be sure to fill the blender jar only halfway for each batch. Return soup to Dutch oven; stir in Madeira and bring to simmer over low heat. Add lemon juice and season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir a Tablespoon of cream (or less) into each bowl before serving.

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14 Responses to “Creamy Mushroom Soup”

  1. 1

    Jessica @ How Sweet — March 11, 2011 @ 3:12 am

    Considering I'm newly obsessed with mushrooms, this sounds amazing!!

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    Rivki Locker (Ordinary Blogger) — March 11, 2011 @ 4:27 am

    This looks great. Dried mushrooms are a miracle ingredient. They add such richness to soups and stews. I buy them in bulk at Costco and use them ALLthe time.

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    smalltownoven — March 11, 2011 @ 4:34 am

    Mushroom soup used to be my favorite growing up. I love this already.

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    marla — March 11, 2011 @ 1:21 pm

    Love this creamy, comforting mushroom soup. xo

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    Jenn — March 11, 2011 @ 1:28 pm

    Oh, that looks really good. Wonderfully creamy! I don't know if I could get Chris to eat it, since he dislikes mushrooms so much, but that's ok…just means more for me!!

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    Maria — March 11, 2011 @ 3:13 pm

    Love this soup recipe!

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen — March 11, 2011 @ 3:23 pm

    Since we live right across the 'Big Pond' from you it's still cold here too. I love mushroom soup and this recipe looks creamy and lovely.

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    Happy When Not Hungry — March 11, 2011 @ 4:04 pm

    This soup looks so creamy and delicious! Love all the flavors!

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    Elle — March 11, 2011 @ 4:27 pm

    Such wonderful flavors in this soup-and it would be wonderful on this rainy day.

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    Megan — March 11, 2011 @ 4:39 pm

    I never knew how much I liked mushroom soup until I made it once. I'd love a big bowl of this creamy delight!

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    Heather — March 11, 2011 @ 8:01 pm

    It's like you're reading my food-brain! I was just mulling over a creamy mushroom soup recipe from Cooking Light the other night and thinking how good it sounded!

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — March 12, 2011 @ 4:15 am

    Mushroom soup is so warm and delicious and comforting, love it!

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    Tina — December 30, 2011 @ 1:30 pm

    This soup looks so yummy and this is the perfect season for it! Question though – what is that bread in the background? I looked at your recipes and didn’t see anything that looked like that and it looks wonderful!

    • megan replied: — December 31st, 2011 @ 8:07 am

      Unfortunately I bought that bread from the store! Sorry to disappoint..I think it was some sort of rye bread though.

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