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Cream of Wild Mushroom Soup

Cream of Wild Mushroom Soup

Ever since the creation of Soupbelly, you noticed I had yet to make one darn soup recipe, right??

We make soup at least once a week. But I never post them. Probably because soup is such a staple, it’s like rice or pasta to me. Soup is a given in any meal. Something you don’t even talk about as a real dish, especially for Chinese families. It’s there on the table every night rather than a glass of water, milk, juice or soda. God forbid we drink soda during our meals! Or anything cold for that matter!

And at my parents’ house, whenever we had guests over for dinner we learned to put glasses on the table and ask if they wanted anything cold to drink. Because Americans treat soup as a dish (or meal) and Chinese people treat soup as a drink. Probably has to do with the richness of the soups.

But I digress…

This isn’t even a Chinese soup. It’s cream of mushroom soup. And it IS more like a meal than a drink, because it’s so rich, velvety and hearty, with wild earthy mushrooms and a creamy texture. So if you love mushrooms like we do, try this recipe out!

Cream of Wild Mushroom Soup (serves 6-8)

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Ingredients:

  • 1 pound (approx. 6 cups) finely chopped mushrooms (I used a combo. of baby portabella, white buttons, and shiitake)
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. dried thyme
  • 2 Tbsp. red wine
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 3 Tbsp. corn starch
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • parsley flakes (optional)

Directions:

1) Finely chop all the mushrooms and onions. In a large pot on medium high heat, melt butter. Sauté mushrooms and onions, add salt, pepper and thyme, approx. 4 minutes.

2) Add red wine and chicken broth. Simmer on low – med. low for 10 minutes.

3) Mix corn starch into half-and-half. Turn heat up on soup until right before the boiling point, and add half-and half, stirring until soup is thickened. Take off heat, add additional salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle parsley flakes (optional). Serve.

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I love mushrooms. Why don’t people love mushrooms? It’s funny that we all have different taste buds that taste things differently. Maybe they taste mushrooms the way I taste peppers. I don’t like peppers that much. I like the smell of them, but when I taste them, they taste sour. I’m hoping my taste buds will react differently one day.

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This is how finely chopped your mushrooms should be. Only because I didn’t want to put my mushrooms in a food processor later on, like most recipes tell you to do. I like the texture sans food processor.

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The onion should be minced as finely as the mushrooms are, unless you were crying your eyes out from the burning pain of onions!!! My eyes were bloodshot after I chopped these up, and they weren’t as minced as I would’ve preferred (the onions, not my eyeballs). So wear goggles if you do this (or put your onion in the fridge for a couple hours before chopping, something I failed to do).

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I forgot the picture of my sautéing the mushrooms. Big crybaby.

Add red wine and chicken broth. Simmer for 10 minutes.

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Add thyme, salt and pepper to the simmering liquid.

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Heat up to the point right before boiling. Add half-and-half thickened with corn starch.

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Stir until thickened. Serve and enjoy!DSC_0028



8 thoughts on “Cream of Wild Mushroom Soup”

  • We have a very similar cream of mushroom recipe, I used simply flour instead of cornstarch and white wine, because the cream is white and sage as my only seasonings.

    I will try out your version.

  • Hi Victor! The only reason I used red wine is because that was the only opened bottle in the fridge! Haha. I rather have used white, because that way the wine wouldn’t muddy up the color of the soup. But I will try sage next time!

  • Veggiebelly – agreed!

    Hummingbird – it added a bit of extra depth, though I never paid much attention to which wine to use in recipes. I always used whatever what was opened already! 😛

  • OK, I made this one just now, and my wife is unable to stop eating… she’s just hovered over the stove with a huge spoon, and as I type this I’m hearing, “Sluuuurp, sluurp!” over and over, so it must be pretty decent; thank you. 🙂

  • Hi Stephen,

    Thanks for all the comments lately! I see that you and your wife have high expectations for my recipes, haha. I’m glad you enjoyed the soup and the ribs, and hope you guys will enjoy more recipes to come.

  • A note from my mom: it’s cheaper to order the log trghuoh Amazon and it comes from the same place. Good tip.It comes already pregnant (hee hee!) with mushrooms. You can see lots of places where they will grow from. You “shock” it by putting it in cold water for 24 hours, and then mushrooms will start to grow in the next few days. After harvesting them, you have to let it sit for about 6 weeks, soaking it a couple times in regular water, and then you can shock it again and make it produce more mushrooms. Supposedly it will produce mushrooms for years to come! We shall see!

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