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Quick Cream of Mushroom Soup

My daughter-in-law, a gourmet cook, served this cream of mushroom soup recipe as the first course for a holiday dinner. She received the recipe from her mom and graciously shared it with me. Now I'm happy to share it with my own friends and family. —Anne Kulick, Phillipsburg, New Jersey
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) chicken broth
  • 1 cup half-and-half cream

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, heat butter over medium-high heat; saute mushrooms and onion until tender.
  • Mix flour, salt, pepper and 1 can broth until smooth; stir into mushroom mixture. Stir in remaining can of broth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat; stir in cream. Simmer, uncovered, until flavors are blended, about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Quick Cream of Mushroom Soup Tips

How do you thicken cream of mushroom soup?

In this cream of mushroom soup recipe, we use flour to thicken the soup, but there are plenty of handy ways to thicken soups and sauces. For gluten-free options, you could use cornstarch or arrowroot. They’ll also keep your sauce clear and cloud-free. You’ll need about 1 tablespoon for every cup of liquid in the recipe. Mix the cornstarch with equal parts water to create a slurry and pour it into the pot. Whisk continuously over high heat until the cornstarch is well incorporated, and the sauce starts to thicken.

Can you eat cream of mushroom soup by itself?

You can eat this cream of mushroom soup by itself, with a crusty roll, or use it as a base for other delicious dishes that start with cream of mushroom soup.

Can homemade cream of mushroom soup be frozen?

We don’t recommend freezing most dairy-based soups, like this cream of mushroom soup, as they can taste—and look—grainy once reheated.

Research contributed by Catherine Ward, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 136 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 842mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.