Cream of wild mushroom soup

Creamy mushroom soup

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(81 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 40 mins

Easy

Serves 4

Use porcini and wild mushrooms to make this rich and creamy soup that makes a filling yet light supper for cold nights. Serve with croutons and chives

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Easily doubled
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal347
  • fat27g
  • saturates16g
  • carbs20g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre4g
  • protein8g
  • salt0.89g
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Ingredients

  • 25g dried porcini (ceps)
  • 50g butter
    Butter

    Butter

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    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 1 onion, finely chopped
    Onion

    Onion

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    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 garlic clove, sliced
  • thyme sprigs

    Thyme

    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • 400g mixed wild mushrooms
    Mushroom

    Mushroom

    mush-room

    The mushroom is a fungus which comes in a wide range of varieties that belong to two distinct…

  • 850ml vegetable stock
  • 200ml tub crème fraîche
  • 4 slices white bread, about 100g, cubed
  • chives and truffle oil, to serve

Method

  1. Bring a kettle to the boil, then pour the water over the dried porcini just to cover. Heat half the butter in a saucepan, then gently sizzle the onion, garlic and thyme for 5 mins until softened and starting to brown. Drain the porcini, reserving the juice, then add to the onion with the mixed wild mushrooms. Leave to cook for 5 mins until they go limp.

  2. Pour over the stock and the reserved juices, bring to the boil, then simmer for 20 mins. Stir in crème fraîche, then simmer for a few mins more. Blitz the soup with a hand blender or liquidiser, pass through a fine sieve, then set aside.

  3. Heat the remaining butter in a frying pan, fry the bread cubes until golden, then drain on kitchen paper. To serve, heat the soup and froth up with a hand blender, if you like. Ladle the soup into bowls, scatter over the croûtons and chives and drizzle with truffle oil.

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Xandian97
14th Jan, 2019
5.05
Used chestnut mushrooms and 4 cloves of garlic, so good with some buttered sourdough :D
Rosieglows
4th Dec, 2018
5.05
Through necessity substituted veg stock and creme fraiche for 50/50 beef bone broth and semi skimmed milk. This soup is awesome. A taste of luxury.
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Beatriz Michelle
3rd Dec, 2018
5.05
Just made this recipe and there is only one word for it: Glorious! The Thyme is the key! I just added salt and pepper. Delicious! Thank you !
Carlygee
30th Oct, 2018
5.05
THE best soup I have ever made! (never made mushroom soup before) Even better on day 2 then 3 after being refrigerated. I drizzled some truffle oil on before serving...wow! (I used vegan dairy alternatives)
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rheezy
6th Oct, 2018
5.05
First time ever cooking mushroom soup and this recipe is so easy and the result is delicious. Will make this again and again
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Lucykbeck
13th Jul, 2018
5.05
This recipe is one of the best mushroom ones I’ve tried! I did regular cream instead of crème fraîche, (because I didn’t have any). Also made the croutons and are very tasty also! xx
Jennifer Lucy
12th Feb, 2017
5.05
Delicious soup. Used chestnut mushrooms and the porcini. Didn't use fresh thyme but used a herb stock pot. And in line with other comments, used milk instead of crème fraîche, a little olive oil instead of butter, and left out the croutons. May put in ham or chicken another time! Thanks for a great recipe.
Yolanda Long
7th Nov, 2016
5.05
I have never made mushroom soup before and this recipe is brilliant. I roasted the mushrooms and like other readers I didn't have all the specified ingredients. I used tarragon and it was lovely. I kept some roasted mushrooms back and added for more texture. Have fat crème fraiche mixed with milk works fine! Lovely recipe, just yummie!
Janine417
3rd Apr, 2016
5.05
Excellent recipe. I used half fat creme fraiche, for the mushrooms I just used standard white mushrooms as that was all I had in the fridge. I also added a little tarragon and plenty of black pepper. I think I will double the garlic next time as we all love garlic in our house! Husband said it was the best mushroom soup he had ever tasted. Thumbs up!
catie74
2nd Nov, 2017
I too use half fat crème fraiche and didn't bother with the croutons as we generally don't like them with soup, so just used spray oil instead of butter, cutting the calories and fat. A delicious soup especially when made with strong mushrooms. I also upped the garlic and added a splash of sherry, but have also added some mustard too or mushroom ketchup. I always use chicken stock instead of vegetable

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Alastair King
10th Dec, 2017
The sieve part didnt work for me; it didnt strain through. It didn't seem to matter (i hope). Also i couldn't find chives. Is there an alternative?
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goodfoodteam
15th Dec, 2017
Thanks for your question. You need to blend the soup well before passing through a sieve and then you can use the back of a spoon to help it through. However if you end up leaving out that stage it isn't a problem, it'll simply be a little coarser. Instead of the chives, you could use a sprinkling of parsley or a sprig of thyme to garnish.
Emily271
14th Apr, 2016
I've just made this soup and it tastes really gritty...any ideas why? I thought it might be the dried mushrooms weren't soaked long enough? Also it tastes quite sour, would cream instead of creme fraiche rectify this? Thank you!
Jennifer Lucy
12th Feb, 2017
5.05
Hi Emily, sorry this is late but I've only just made this recipe and looked at the comments etc.! It sounds likely to have been the mushrooms, or maybe the stock you used? Not sure what else it could've been... I used chestnut mushrooms that I gave a really good brushing, and soaked my porcini for a good half hour in boiling water. I also used a stock pot (gel) and semi-skimmed milk instead of crème fraîche and the results were great. Good luck next time!
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