Easy Cream of Mushroom Soup
Rich and creamy…but still light, this Cream of Mushroom Soup recipe is fantastic for chilly winter evenings. Ready in just 20 minutes from start to finish and completely from scratch.
I used to work in a small city where my office was several blocks from my parking garage. I remember dreading the rainy days because I’d end up chilled to the bone with soaking wet feet and could never really seem to feel warm. Most days I’d pack my lunch so I could avoid running out into the weather again but sometimes life just got in the way and it was either….make my lunch/be late to work…or go to work on time and starve. Starvation always seemed to win over. Because sleep trumps waking up early and packing lunch when you’re in your 20’s.
But once I was starving…so hungry I wanted to gnaw on my shoe, I grabbed my umbrella and sloshed my way down to the corner sandwich shop where I could always smell the wonderful aroma of caramelized mushrooms. I immediately knew that I had to have a cup of the soup de jour. That’s when my crazy craving for Cream of Mushroom Soup started. And it never, ever ended.
Their recipe was rather thick…almost pudding-like but the flavor was seriously on point. Rich, creamy, full of mushroom-y flavor but not so much so that it tasted too earthy. I knew I had to recreate it at home but a little looser…like a real soup should be. This Cream of Mushroom Soup is just that. Perfectly creamy, but light and silky. With large chunks of mushrooms and buttery, caramelized onions….it’s definitely not lackluster in the least.
Rich but light….it can be done. It’s like magic, really. I made my version with half and half instead of heavy cream. The butter used to sauté the vegetables gives it enough depth of flavor to make it seem like you’re really eating something leaning more on the decadent side. I added a handful of fresh herbs to balance out the profile just a tad and simmered a bit to let all the happiness meld together. Set aside a few caramelized mushrooms to garnish, if you’d like…..this makes the perfect first course for a fun dinner party or a fabulous main course for a light lunch. All day long, slow simmered taste in less than an hour….this is definitely the most wonderful comfort food there ever was. Serve with a green salad and a huge hunk of crusty bread, this could be your new favorite must have on a rainy weekday. And if you’re looking for a few more slow simmered soups that take minutes to make you MUST try this easy Italian Sausage Soup recipe or my favorite Cheesecake Factory copycat….Creamy Chicken Soup with Artichokes and Mushrooms.
Easy Cream of Mushroom Soup
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 cup chopped sweet onion
- 12 ounces sliced button mushrooms
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
- 1 bay leaf
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 2 cups half and half
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
Soup can be made up to 24 hours in advance and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.