Cream of Mushroom Soup – creamy, elegant cream of mushroom soup made from scratch loaded with a pound of mushrooms and layers of flavors. You’ll be shocked at how easy it is to make!
This is not the kind of soup that suits well only on cold days. Nope! Whether it’s chilly or warm outside, this homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup is one of those few that I won’t turn my back on. I could use a bowl of this to warm my belly (especially this season here in LA) or serve this as a good starter for a holiday meal or dinner date nights at home.
Homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup
Without any trace of exaggeration, this Cream of Mushroom Soup here is far better than those in cans. It’s full of delightful flavors (thanks to its fresh ingredients) and creamy goodness with tender bits of mushroom in every bite.
You might think that I’m crazy with adding a pound of mushrooms here, but, you”ll be surprised how the garlic, onion and fresh herbs shine in this dish as it complements the earthy, “umami” natural flavor of mushrooms.
For this recipe, I use fresh brown cremini mushrooms (or also known as Baby Bellas) as they’re perfect for this recipe. But if it’s not available in your neck of woods, you can always substitute it with mini portobello mushrooms or a variety of your favorite mushrooms. Actually, it still works fine either way.
Please also take note that I use a combination of evaporated milk and heavy cream in this soup instead of heavy cream alone. I just simply love the spot on creaminess and taste of evaporated milk as the heavy cream adds richness to this elegant Cream of Mushroom Soup.
Is Canned Cream of Mushroom Soup Bad For You?
First off, I’m in no way certified enough to make big claims if a product is healthy or bad for you. But if I see hard-to-read ingredients in a product, that makes me more unlikely to buy it. Canned soups or, processed products in general, have more preservatives than we’re even familiar with. Unlike canned soups, we know what and how much goes into a homemade soup and they’re usually made fresh in the pot. So if you’re going to let me choose between the two, you know that I’m always on the homemade side.
How Long Does Cream of Mushroom Soup Last in the Fridge?
Aside from it’s wonderful texture and rich flavors, this Cream of Mushroom Soup is also a great make-ahead soup. Let it cool first before transferring it to a container and into the fridge for 3-4 days. Moreover, try to do a quick sniff too, to double check before reheating. Remember, this is a cream-based soup. As for freezing it, I don’t highly recommend it as it sometimes separate when you defrost and reheat them.
Recipes Using Cream of Mushroom Soup
What’s great about this recipe, is that you can add or use any leftovers you have for this on other dishes, too. Yep! You can add Cream of Mushroom Soup on creamy pastas, casseroles like this Green Bean Casserole HERE, scalloped potatoes or basically any creamy based recipes that complements well with mushrooms.
Pair this warm and comforting bowl of Cream Mushroom Soup with sliced artisan bread, slightly toasted bread or my easy homemade garlic bread. Or if that won’t be enough for you, toss some croutons on top of the soup to go along with those tender bits of mushrooms.
Tips and Notes:
- You can always substitute cremini mushrooms with mini portobello mushrooms or a variety of your favorite mushrooms.
- If you need to leave out the heavy cream, simply replace it with the same amount of evaporated milk or regular milk (full fat or 2%).
- Do not bring the milk to a rapid bowl as it may curdle. Instead, simmer it over medium-low heat.
- For a vegetarian option, use a good quality vegetable broth or stock and vegetable bouillon.