Mushroom soup served with parsley topping

Mushroom soup

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(67 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 4

Make the most of mushrooms with this comforting mushroom soup recipe made with cream, onions and garlic. Serve for lunch or as a starter with crusty bread

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal309
  • fat22g
  • saturates14g
  • carbs14g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre3g
  • protein11g
  • salt1.8g


  • 90g butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 2 medium onions, roughly chopped



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

  • 1 garlic clove, crushed



    Part of the lily, or alium, family, of which onions are also a member, garlic is one of the most…

  • 500g mushrooms, finely chopped (chestnut or button mushrooms work well)



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

  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 1l hot chicken stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 tbsp single cream



    Fresh unpasteurised milk quickly separates and the fat rises to the top. This fat layer is then…

  • small handful flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped, to serve (optional)



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…


  1. Heat the butter in a large saucepan and cook the onions and garlic until soft but not browned, about 8-10 mins. 

  2. Add the mushrooms and cook over a high heat for another 3 mins until softened. Sprinkle over the flour and stir to combine. Pour in the chicken stock, bring the mixture to the boil, then add the bay leaf and simmer for another 10 mins. 

  3. Remove and discard the bay leaf, then remove the mushroom mixture from the heat and blitz using a hand blender until smooth. Gently reheat the soup and stir through the cream (or, you could freeze the soup at this stage – simply stir through the cream when heating). Scatter over the parsley, if you like, and serve.

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27th Jul, 2020
I found this really bland. Every other review was great. Did I do something wrong?
11th Jul, 2020
This soup was delicious and easy to make. I didn't have any onions so used leeks instead and also substituted single cream for creme fraiche. I was a little worried when adding a litre of water that the soup would be too runny but it was just right.
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Marisa Citrone
21st Apr, 2020
We love this soup and very easy to make! :)
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4th Jan, 2020
I was told this was one of the best dishes I've made in my whole life... "une merveille!"... (and I'm not too bad at cooking!). I didn't blend the mushrooms as I don't have a food processor so I just chopped them into very small cubes, which gave the soup a bit of chew, which I think I prefer.
3rd Jan, 2020
Fantastically easy and so well received by the family that my husband had thirds and my daughter has asked me to make it again. Made it a couple of days ahead of needing it and added cream when I reheated it to serve.
29th Nov, 2019
Delicious!!! Made this to take to work for lunch for myself and a friend, it was lovely.
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11th Oct, 2019
I didn’t use butter but veg oil. I didn’t use the cream. I halved the ingredients for 2 of us and this was still gorgeous. We ate it with crispy bread for lunch!
26th Apr, 2018
can this recipie be frozen please?
19th May, 2019
Based on another recipe I have, I oukd presume to freeze before adding the cream.
21st Nov, 2017
Only had 400g of mushrooms, so added 1 large onion and 2 garlic cloves (for all the colds in our house) and 2 dessert spoons of flour. Still used 1 litre of chicken stock (those little pots you can buy). Nutri-bulleted 3/4 of the soup and mixed it all together, so a few sliced mushrooms could be found. Boy this was so creamy and delicious. Thank goodness there was enough for seconds!
7th Jan, 2019
How many calories are there per serving ?
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John Miles
29th Nov, 2019
Delicious i didn't use cream at all as it is very rich and creamy with all that butter, i used a dollop of greek yoghurt in each bowl and a small sprinkle of chopped parsley and black pepper it looks and tastes amazing.
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Charlotte Hammond
29th May, 2019
Would recommend boiling the mushrooms separately so the taste isn’t undermined by the garlic or onions. This will also allow the soup to become a grey colour rather than a brownish colour
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