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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Cream of Mushroom Soup

Raise your hand if you are a Real Food newby..... Ok, and now if you have been doing this awhile...excellent. Now be truthful, don't you just miss cream of mushroom soup, from a can? If you don't I sure do - enough for all of us. It was a staple in my kitchen - I made chicken casseroles and tuna casserole and green bean casserole, I added it to my meatloaf and cooked a chicken in wine sauce that used it - oh, the possibilities were endless. I even ate it as a - your not going to believe this - as a soup.
Well, I thought I those days were over until I ran across several recipes for Cream O Soups and decided to make one of my own. Personally, I think any type of mushrooms would work - button, portobello, cremini or any combination. Today I used a mixture.
It can be made ahead and stored in the fridge for a week or frozen for about 3-4 months. Just thaw in the fridge. Perfect for holiday cooking. Make up some ahead and it will be as easy as popping a can on cooking day.
Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1 lb  mushrooms diced
  • 1 TBS fresh lemon juice (I just sqeezed 1/2 lemon in the soup)
  • 1 small onion, diced -shallots would be good substitution
  • 2 TBS butter
  • 1  tsp sea salt
  • ½  tsp ground pepper
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 TBS parsley
  • ¼ tsp thyme
  • 1 1/2 cups broth - mushroom or chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 cups whole milk or heavy cream
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  1. Add butter to a medium sized soup pot and heat over medium high heat.
  2. Add mushrooms and onions and saute until tender and the liquid released from the mushrooms is gone.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and add the wine to deglaze the pan.  Return the pan to the heat and let the wine simmer until almost gone, about 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add parsley, thyme, salt and pepper. Stir in flour until all the vegetables are coated. Cook a minute or two to get rid of the raw flour taste.
  5. Stir in the broth and milk and simmer about 5-7 minutes on low, do not boil, keep the heat low and barely simmering until thickened.


    To make this gluten free - omit the flour and dissolve 2tsp of cornstarch in 2TBS of water and add after the broth and milk begin to simmer. Cook for an additional 10 minutes or until thickened.

    I am linking this to the Hearth and Soul Hop

    H‘nSFCC


    and
    Monday Mania @ The Healthy Home Economist
    Tuesday Night Supper Club hosted by Christy at Fudge Ripple
    What's Cooking? Recipe Blog Hop @ My Simple Walk

    26 comments:

    1. Christy, this dish looks delicious! I love hearty winter soups, especially those with mushrooms. Like you I'm learning that I don't need cans and prepared foods to live. (K and I were talking about this today, driving back from the mountains) Thank you so much for sharing this lovely recipe and your adventures in real food.

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    2. Hey Christy,

      Beautiful bowl of soup...:)Can you pass it over please!!:)

      Dr.Sameena@

      http://www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com

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    3. Such a fantabulous idea to freeze this soup. Then there really is no excuse for using that canned slime, is there? Awesome idea!

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    4. Looks wonderful Christy! I think I'll make this for my lunch tomorrow! I'm so excited because I have a ton of mushrooms sitting in my fridge that have been patiently waiting on me to do something with them. I think I'll try adding a little nutmeg - I'm always a sucker for a little nutmeg in my cream soups - I'll LYK if it works.

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    5. Awesome Christy! Cream of anything soup is so heart-warming...I could definitely go for a big bowl!

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    6. Wine, cream and mushrooms - can't beat that combo.

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    7. This is wonderful Christy! I used to use canned soups so much, and I've been missing them now I'm trying to be healthier. I love that you can make this one ahead as well, and it's perfect for this time of year!

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    8. Okay! We made it for lunch today and everyone loved it! I took a picture and blogged about it too ;-)

      http://lovethereallife.blogspot.com/2010/11/cream-of-mushroom-soup.html

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    9. Yummy homemade cream on mushroom soup! Looks really delicious, and perfect for Fall!

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    10. My husband is a BIG fan of campbell soups..I sometimes feel that the company should pay some royalty to him :)Mushrooms--nything is a favourite..and this one has cream too..YUM!

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    11. This is great! I never thought to make my own cream of mushroom soup!

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    12. Okay woman. We're on the same hearth and soul hop wavelength this week!! creamy, dreamy soup ;) YUM! Still looks delish!

      ha ha haha....my verification word is sycho. Hmmm...I originally thought "psycho"...but one could also see "sicko". relevance? none. just sayin'... :P

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    13. ah! a real mushroom soup (i.e., not one that keeps the shape of the can). I'd love to try this!

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    14. I just love cream of mushroom soup and this one sounds divine!

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    15. OHHHH Christy bo bisty! YOu are sooo speaking my language! I adore cream of mushroom soup and your recipe looks terrific. Some times, there is NOTHING that will make me happy except for that cup of soup and toast with butter! Thanks as always for hosting and posting on the hearth and soul hop! :) hugs. Alex

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    16. Cream of Mushroom is one of our favorites. Your recipe looks like it would be very good, I will have to try it. Thank you for sharing.
      Miz Helen

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    17. Mmmm, looks good! I love making soups from scratch - they are so much healthier and often more frugal too!

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    18. it's really sad when you become a foodie and the quick fixes you used to love stop tasting good. This is the perfect solution!

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    19. I am going to try the gluten free variety...this sounds delicious Christy!

      So did you try your mustard yet?

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    20. Joanne - that is what I was thinking too - it is sad - until you find something better!

      Patty - I have the seeds I just haven't had a chance to try making mustard - but I will soon! Let me know how the g/f version turns out - I would love to know.

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    21. oh my gosh christy...you are the best. i refuse to buy it...but i really want to make some of those things everyone makes...like that green bean casserole thing....my horizons have just been broadened! thank you for sharing this with tuesday night supper club

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    22. I have been seeing different versions of this soup around lately and it's giving me a huge craving for it! I really love cream of mushroom soup. Your version looks delicious!

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    23. Christy - you are so welcome, it is delicious!

      Julie M, it is the season for cream of mushroom soup I think! I was craving it too!

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