Mushroom soup is a warm and comforting dish that can help you feel full and satisfied after a long day. The rich and savory flavor of the soup provides a sense of comfort and contentment.
What makes this mushroom soup a great meal idea?
Our family is big on soup. It's on the menu a few times a month, all year long. We like our soup creamy or brothy, hearty or light, chunky or smooth, simmered all day or whipped up in a few minutes. For my husband and kiddos, soup is sure fire way to satisfy at dinner time.
One of my absolute favorite soups to whip together is my simple mushroom soup because it's packed with nutritious ingredients that most don't even realize are there.
When my daughters were very small, they would eat almost any protein, grain, or vegetable, if it was served up in a bowl of soup. A one pot meal that I could load with nutritious ingredients, and satisfy a pair of 18 month olds?
How could I pass that up? As the girls got a bit older, they have continued to slurp up just about any kind of soup. They will tell me they don't like onions, then eat them without thinking, because they are in a bowl of chick & noodle. I hear, "I don't want to eat kale!" Then I wilt some into a pot of navy bean soup, and they gobble it right up. So soup is one of those suppers I return to again and again.
On those days, when I know I'll be busy, I pick a soup recipe that can simmer on the stove (or in the slow cooker) all day. I might get a slow cooker vegetable chowder or classic split pea soup going, while I drink my morning coffee. On a day when I don't even think about supper, until after 5pm, I gravitate toward quicker soups, like butternut squash or this Simple Mushroom Soup that I can't stop thinking about.
- Olive oil
- White or cremini mushrooms
- Mustard seeds
- Dried thyme
- Vegetable broth or mushroom broth
- Fresh or frozen green beans
How to make mushroom soup
This mushroom soup is one of those recipes that you can sort of build. While the onions are sautéing, you can clean and cut the mushrooms.
Until the mushrooms are cooking, you can peal and dice the potato. When the broth is coming to a simmer, and the potatoes are cooking, you can bake up some garlic bread or prep a couple grilled cheese sandwiches to serve on the side.
In under an hour, you can make the kind of supper that will taste great and even yield leftovers for lunch the next day.
If you are looking for more easy and healthy soup recipes, do try this Beef Barley Soup!
Simple Mushroom Soup Recipe
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 small onion finely diced (about ⅓ cup)
- 1 clove of garlic peeled and crushed
- 1 pound white or cremini mushrooms cleaned and quartered
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- pinch of dried thyme
- 4 medium potatoes peeled and diced (about 4 cups)
- 2 quarts vegetable or mushroom broth
- 2 cups fresh or frozen green beans
- In a 4 or 6 quart soup pot, warm the olive oil over medium heat.
- Add the onion and garlic, and sauté until the onions are softened and fragrant, about 5 minutes.
- Add half of the mushrooms, the mustard seeds, and thyme. Continue to sauté, until the mushrooms just start to brown,
- about 8 minutes.
- Add the remaining mushrooms, potatoes, and broth to the pot. Simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 15
- Stir the green beans into the pot, and cook just until they are tender, 3-5 minutes.
- Serve with garlic bread or grilled cheese triangles.
Is mushroom soup good for health?
Mushroom soup can be a nutritious and healthy dish when prepared with wholesome ingredients. Mushrooms are a good source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin D, potassium, and B vitamins. They are also a low-calorie food and a good source of fiber.
Mushroom soup can be a filling and satisfying dish without containing excessive calories or fat, especially if prepared with a light broth and without added cream.
What to add to cream of mushroom soup to make it taste better?
Add a pinch of fresh thyme, rosemary, or parsley to the soup to bring out the earthy flavors of the mushrooms. You can also experiment with adding different spices like paprika, cumin, or chili powder to add a little kick to the soup.
What is the difference between cream of mushroom soup and mushroom soup?
The main difference between cream of mushroom soup and mushroom soup is the addition of cream or a creamy base.
Cream of mushroom soup is typically made with a roux (a mixture of butter and flour) and a creamy liquid like milk or heavy cream, which gives it a thick and creamy texture. In contrast, mushroom soup is typically made with a broth or stock and does not include a cream base.