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Cream Of Mushroom Soup

Hot soup

Hot soup

When Fall and Winter are here my thoughts turn to mushrooms, well not all the time but a lot. I told you that I joined this new CSA, Farmigo and I just picked up my second order. They had some beautiful mushrooms. I got Shitake and Oyster. I have been wanting a piping hot bowl of Cream of Mushroom soup. ย I made enough for 2 servings but you can double or triple to make more. The earthy mushroom and sage and rosemary go so well together, the flavor of the herbs is very subtle, just a hint. This soup would be great added to casseroles, pasta or just eaten as is. I used as a guide the recipe for Cream of Mushroom soup from Balthazar on Food52. This soup is dedicated to all of those who are experiencing extreme cold, snow and ice stay warm and safe. A hot bowl of soup is just what you need. Enjoy with some good bread and butter, a salad and you have a wonderful meal.

Cream of Mushroom Soup

2 generous servings

1 1/2 lbs mushrooms (I used shiitake and oyster) cleaned, woody stems removed

1 small onion white or brown

2 cloves garlic

1 small stem rosemary

1 small stem sage

splash of olive oil

splash of white wine

3 cups broth (vegetable or chicken or mushroom broth)

1/4 cup half and half

1/4 cup heavy cream

1 tbs butter

salt and pepper to taste

mushrooms and herbs simmering in broth

mushrooms and herbs simmering in broth

In large heavy pot add olive oil and the stem of rosemary and sage, let it heat on Med/high until you hear the herbs sizzle. Now add the sliced onion and garlic. Sauce stirring until the onion and garlic soften but don’t let them brown. Add the mushrooms and let cook for approximately 10 minutes or until the mushrooms give off their liquid and it cooks down. Add a splash of white wine and continue cooking for another 5 minutes so that it is reduced to very little liquid. Pour in the broth and cook for 30-45 minutes, bring to a boil then turn heat down so that it is a strong simmer about Medium heat. Once everything is cooked. remove the rosemary and sage and spoon out the mushrooms, onion and garlic and place in blender or food processor, add 1/4 cup half and halfย and the butter and process or blend until smooth. Add back to pot and pour in the cream. Get it good and hot and serve immediately. Note: I did not puree all the mushrooms I wanted some pieces in the soup. I also have a confession to make. I wash my mushrooms, I know thats a HUGE no no, you brush the dirt off, well brushing them doesn’t satisfy me, I wash in cold water quickly, pat dry then air dry. I know this is frowned upon but I am not liking the odds of having dirt in my food by simply brushing the mushrooms I want them clean. I hope i didn’t offend anyone just needed to get that off my chest.

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  1. Sounds wonderful Suzanne. So warm and comforting.

    November 20, 2014
    • It’s really a tasty soup and was just thinking little meatballs in it served over buttered egg noodles would be delicious Thanks so much.

      November 20, 2014
  2. Yum can’t wait to try this! I love mushrooms!

    November 20, 2014
  3. For such a mushroom fan here, a must try for sure Suzanne! Delicious and easy and comforting!

    November 20, 2014
  4. It’s been so long since I had mushroom soup and even longer since I made it, even though it must be one of my favourites. I love the herbs in your recipe and I’ll definitely be trying this one soon. Thank you for sharing it!

    November 20, 2014
    • I have never thought of adding herbs but the recipe from Balthazar called for it and I really like it. Thanks so much.

      November 20, 2014
  5. Your recipe looks perfect. Mine is old and out of date, so thanks for the update. I, too, wash my mushrooms. They are filthy…Happy TG!

    November 20, 2014
  6. Thank you Suzanne — i wouldn’t have known what herbs to use in cream of mushroom. I hope you are safe and warm. I don’t know how much of that awful weather reached you. Huge warm hugs! ๐Ÿป

    November 20, 2014
    • Thanks Teagan, we got the cold no snow thankfully. The poor people in Buffalo got slammed I think they have 8 ft of snow.

      November 20, 2014
  7. Oh what a coincidence I made mushroom baby corn rosemary soup for dinner today but your version looks great… perfect for the weather…

    November 20, 2014
    • Thats funny, except for the corn it’s the same. Really is so nice for cold weather fare Thanks so much,

      November 20, 2014
  8. Sounds very nice! And with some warm bread and butter it would be even more wonderful ๐Ÿ™‚

    November 20, 2014
    • Absolutely, your Moms warm rolls, I remember that recipe. YUM!

      November 20, 2014
      • ha ha, yes, that would be good with this soup ๐Ÿ™‚

        November 21, 2014
  9. Yeah, I wouldn’t have thought of using both rosemary and sage. I guess it’s usually thyme that would be used here. And nutmeg. As I’ve got lots of sage still growing (or should that be surviving?!) I’ll have to try this. Probably without rosemary as I prefer it with toms. It’ll be nice to have something different over the weekend.

    November 20, 2014
    • The rosemary and sage are very understated in this, just a hint and its quite delicious, I halved the recipe so only used 1 sprig of each and it was not overpowering at all. Thanks Johnny, stay warm. I still have rosemary and sage in my garden they even survived the freeze we’ve had the last few days..

      November 20, 2014
  10. The soup looks so very tasty and prefect for the cold weather. Love the addition of rosemary. ๐Ÿ™‚

    November 20, 2014
    • Thank you so much. It has been bone chilling cold here, soup is definitely the way to go. It warms you inside and out. Thank you.

      November 20, 2014
  11. I just told my husband that if I had to choose one food that I couldn’t live without, it would probably be mushrooms. This soup looks amazing!

    November 20, 2014
  12. I love the second photo… the soup looks perfect! ๐Ÿ˜›

    November 20, 2014
    • Thanks Fae, the soup is really nice, very assertive mushroom flavor.

      November 21, 2014
  13. I just started using Farmigo and I love it! The produce is lovely and it’s just a simple way to shop. I love that I’m getting fresh dairy, protein, and veggies straight from the source!

    November 20, 2014
    • Are you in the NY area Tracy? Thats great. I love them too! Really super fresh food straight from the farm. I am loving the butter they offer.

      November 21, 2014
  14. Hi Suzanne, there is nothing like a creamy bowl of soup like this, looks delicious!

    November 20, 2014
  15. Ohh how delicious! I’ve never made cream of mushroom myself, but this sounds wonderful.

    November 20, 2014
    • It’s so easy. Takes no time at all. You should give a try it’s delicious. Thank you so much.

      November 21, 2014
  16. Liz #

    oh now this is heaven in a bowl! I’ve always been fascinated by cream of mushroom soup, but the canned stuff leaves me wanting. Yours looks totally satisfying. Very cool to use local mushrooms, too. This would make a nice starter at a Thanksgiving table ๐Ÿ™‚

    November 20, 2014
    • Yes Cream of mushroom from a can where it can be ok, it is not something I would crave. The local mushrooms were so fresh and flavorful; Thanks so much Liz.

      November 21, 2014
  17. It’s warming up over here now but I can’t help but find this bowl of gorgeous creamy soup quite appealing… yum!!! Perfect for warming the heart and stomach on cold nights at home. I love the use of local mushrooms from your CSA… I adore the oyster variety in particular! I’m trying to buy local produce as much as possible these days, both to support local producers and for my own nutrition. Cannot wait to try this with some good bread and butter very soon. Lovely post Suzanne, hope you and the pugs are staying warm! xxx

    November 20, 2014
    • I know you are in the middle of summer, soup is not exactly on the mind or menu. Maybe when the weather turns cooler. It’s great with some really nice bread and butter. Thanks Laura. It’s really cold here, trying to stay warm.

      November 21, 2014
  18. Darn it! I would stay inside all snug and warm, but now I think I’m going to have to go out and buy mushrooms and cream! ๐Ÿ™‚

    November 20, 2014
    • It’s so good and has many uses besides soup, my leftovers just may make a green bean casserole.

      November 21, 2014
  19. I haven’t had mushroom soup in ages but nothing really beats its comforting earthy flavor. I like the idea of adding rosemary and sage. Will have to try this soon ๐Ÿ™‚

    November 21, 2014
    • The rosemary and sage are a great addition, they add a subtle herb quality that is wonderful with the mushrooms. Thanks Mika.

      November 21, 2014
  20. I sometimes moan about the rain and cold here but having seen pictures of the snow in your part of the world I have decided that I should be grateful for the temperate Irish climate. The mushroom soup seems a perfect antidote to biting cold. And looks delicious too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    November 21, 2014
    • Yes the poor people of Buffalo have about 8 ft of snow, the temps are warming and should get up to 60 this weekend so they are afraid of flooding now. Ugh…. Warm soup is such a great thing on a cold snowy day. Thank you so much.

      November 21, 2014
  21. My thoughts always turn to mushrooms too this time of year. Fortunately we haven’t had any winter weather yet, but a rich and creamy soup like this one would really hit the spot!

    November 21, 2014
    • Thanks Christin, always this time of year mushrooms enter so many dishes.

      November 21, 2014
  22. Oh… Are you not supposed to wash mushrooms? Sometimes I wash them, sometimes I don’t do anything… I guess I’m an inconsistent rebel…

    But this soup looks like soothing food for the soul! I love that you left yours partially chunky; that’s how I’d do mine too. I have a BUNCH of extra mushrooms from an event; looks like I gotta whip up some of this!

    November 21, 2014
    • You are not supposed to wash mushrooms they say, brush off the dirt is all that is necessary but I can’t bring myself to do that, Thanks I sometimes run with scissors. Rebels unite.

      November 21, 2014
  23. Looks very warming, Suzanne. Love your comment above about the meatballs and noodles – that alone makes this soup worthy of tripling – you can get two completely different, yet yummy meals out of one recipe!

    November 21, 2014
    • Yes I think it would be wonderful with mini meatballs over noodles. Yum! Thanks Nancy.

      November 21, 2014
  24. So inviting! ๐Ÿ˜Š

    November 21, 2014
  25. This looks soooo amazing Suzanne! So comforting and warm and honestly, there are few things I enjoy more than good soup. We have been eating it nearly every night. I love how hot soup makes you feel and how filling it it. I love the fresh rosemary and sage added. I’m a huge believer in adding fresh herbs to certain dishes and I know a lot of people don’t care for rosemary (they’re crazy!) but it’s one of my favorites!! I also don’t blame you about washing the mushrooms, I wouldn’t want dirt in my soup either!

    November 21, 2014
    • No dirt in soup, thanks Brandi. Love soup, it’s so good on a cold day.

      November 21, 2014
  26. LOVE cream of mushroom soup, but I never make it with any herbs! I really think I must try a little sage and rosemary next time, as I have it growing outside, but what I don’t have is “soup weather”! Hope you are keeping warm with all that snow!

    November 21, 2014
    • Thanks Christina, love the herbs in the soup. It does add a really lovely flavor to the soup.

      November 21, 2014
  27. The soup is delicious Suzanne and though I know washing mushrooms is an absolute no, I do the same! But I just pat them dry…I hope you stay safe from the hard weather.

    November 21, 2014
    • Oh good another mushroom washer. Honestly, I have never had any adverse results, don’t soak them just run under running water. Thanks Viviana, the weather is fine in Brooklyn, very cold but thankfully no snow,

      November 21, 2014
  28. This sounds SO goodโ€“I’ve never tried making my own cream of mushroom soup, but I bet it’s so much better than canned!

    November 21, 2014
    • It’s really good Nancy, yes much better than canned I think. So many uses for it also!! Thank you.

      November 22, 2014
  29. This creamy and delicious mushroom soup looks lovely! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    November 22, 2014
  30. Thanks Suzanne, you remind me that I can make this mushroom tomorrow!

    November 22, 2014
    • Thanks Mochi, I hope you are feeling alright. Wish i could bring you some and I would veganize it!

      November 22, 2014
  31. Yum! Mushroom soup is one of my favourite soups. Unfortunately I don’t get to enjoy it very often though because Lรฉo doesn’t like it. Yours looks particulary special (no surprise there!).

    November 22, 2014
    • There are many who dislike mushrooms. I grew up eating them, my Father foraged for them. The soup is really nice, warming and earthy, Thanks so much.

      November 22, 2014
  32. This sounds so beautifully comforting Suzanne! I hope you’re keeping safe and warm with these huge snow storms about – thinking of you!

    November 22, 2014
    • Thank you Margot, we got only cold here no snow. Buffalo got slammed with over 8 ft of snow. For November thats unheard of even for Buffalo. Thanks the soup is perfect cold weather fare

      November 23, 2014
  33. Brilliant for this time of the year, thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

    November 22, 2014
  34. I’m not a huge mushroom lover, but I will say this came out looking smooth and so delectable. I would even try it if you didn’t tell me what it was ๐Ÿ™‚

    November 24, 2014
    • It’s smooth and creamy but really really mushroomy, is that a word anyway you get what I mean. Thank you so much.

      November 24, 2014
  35. what a gorgeous soup Suzanne – your market share is really a wonderful idea. I used to have such a thing when I lived in Melbourne. It was a service called The Flying Zucchinis. Like a treasure trove every time it arrived. Even my children loved it. And then like you are now – i’d have to get creative. I love seeing what you’re doing with yours.

    November 24, 2014
    • I do love getting a box of fresh vegetables et al. It helps me think and create. Thank you so much.

      November 25, 2014
  36. Oh my. I usually hate soup but the mushroom one is my absolute favorite ! That looks awesome ! You’re truly the only one who can makes me crave for salted dish (you know I’m more fond of sugar !)
    Lots of love

    November 26, 2014
    • I am more than fond of sugar too, thank you. You hate soup, wow. Even chicken noodle? The mushroom soup can be disguised as a sauce for egg noodles or vegetables so it technically would not be soup then. Thanks so much

      November 26, 2014

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