Rich Mushroom Soup

My mum was extolling the virtues of mushrooms soup and how much she loves it, so good daughter that I am, I make some mushroom soup for her next visit. Sods law steps in and mum breaks her glasses, so her trip is cancelled and instead she makes a pricey visit the opticians. Not knowing when we would see her next, Graham and I did the noble thing and tucked into the soup ourselves. I wouldn't say it is my favourite soup, but heck it was rather good.

Rich Mushroom Soup

1 tbsp olive oil,
a small knob of butter
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
5 large portabello mushrooms, sliced
15 medium closed cup mushrooms
1 heaped tsp dried thyme
1 heaped tsp dried parsley
2 tbsp plain flour
½ glass white wine
2 pints vegetable stock
a splosh of single cream
salt and freshly ground black pepper

In a large pan, saute the garlic and portabello mushrooms in the olive oil and butter. Saute for a few minutes before adding the closed cup mushrooms. I like to season the mushrooms at this point with black pepper as they really soak up the flavour.

Once the mushrooms are lovely and juicy and brown, reserve a few to serve as a garnish on top of the soup.

Next add the herbs. If you have fresh herbs, then so much the better, but this was a bit of a store cupboard soup for me.

Pour in the wine and allow the mushrooms to start absorbing the liquid. Stir in the flour which will absorb the juices from the mushrooms and help to thicken the soup.

Next, add the stock and leave the soup to simmer gently for 20 minutes.

Whizz the soup until smooth and season to taste before adding a splosh of cream. This is optional and it is up to you how much you would like to add.

Serve topped with some of the reserved mushrooms

Serves 4-6


  1. I am not often tempted by fungi soups, but then a taste a bit and think, actually this is rather good and I think yours would be too, shame you finishes it all, or is there some left at the bottom of that pot?!

  2. My mushroom loving roommate would love me if I made this one. Well, I wouldn't mind it either ;)

  3. Hi Sarah, I'm on the same wavelength as your roomate. I love mushrooms.

  4. Deelish! My husband loves mushrooms as do I. You did a terrific job getting this photo. I think soups are hard in general and this looks so delicious.

  5. Ooooh! I adore mushroom soup! I haven't actually made any since I moved to the States: I can't find mushroom katsup here anywhere.

    I think I'll try this, though, as there's no hard-to-find ingredients in it! Hurrah!

  6. Thanks Dana, I wasn't overly enamoured with my photo, but then that is the usual winter struggle, so I am glad you like it :)

    I hope you enjoy it Richard :)

  7. I love that you made this with portabellos. It sounds delicious.

  8. Hey Andrea, thanks for that, but more importantly how are you doing? Is your back any better?

  9. I love, love, love mushroom soup - this looks creamy and delicious.

  10. Too bad your mom wasn't able yo make it, maybe next time you can temp her with more mushroom soup.

  11. That looks really good and would be a great winter lunch.

  12. Poor mom, hope she is ok. You didn't try to send her some soup through the mail?

  13. Oh, I love mushroom soup. It is one of my favorites! Thanks for reminding me that I haven't made it in quite a while.

  14. ooo lovely. I haven had mushroom soup in a long time!

  15. Mushroom is my favorite soup! Your recipe is heavenly! Great photo.

  16. excellent--i love the herbs you've chosen to add to this! also, i don't think i've ever used the word "splosh" but i'm not adding it to my daily vocabulary. :)

  17. Love the soup..just perfect for my weather here...Love the herbs and also the fact that it is Veg stock:D

  18. Oh! Mushroom soup? Sounds great for this weather, love the idea of adding some wine...must taste great :-)

  19. Oh your poor Mum, bet she was gutted!

  20. Your poor mum! I hope she is OK! I love fungus, so this soup looks particularly mouthwatering to me!

  21. Fresh thyme and cream make a 'shroom soup perfect!

  22. It was creamy and delicious Pam :)

    I will treat her to mushroom soup again sometime Val. We had a great day Christmas shopping yesterday and I treated her to lunch but there was no mushroom soup involved, although I had a ciabatta with field mushrooms and mozzarella, yum!

    Thanks Louise :)

    Hi TB, I managed to hold myself back from mailing the soup :D

    Hope you enjoy it again soon Pam :)

    Hi Rose I know, I always forget about it when I am making soup.

    Thanks Barbara :)

    Hi Grace, I like using words like, a splosh, a splash, a glug, a pinch etc. Sometimes you just don't need to measure :)

    Vegetable stock, of course Shri :)

    Hi Juliana, I often add wine to my mushroom sauces, so I thought it would be just as good in the soup and it was :)

    Hi Alex, She was gutted, but more about her glasses. Very expensive!

    Hi Jenn, She is fine now and furnished with lovely new glasses, but lighter of pocket.

    Thanks DD :)


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