Creamy Mushroom Soup

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on March 6, 2012

Today is just one of those days.  You know those ones when you have a reasonable sized list of to-do’s but mid afternoon you look at the list and realize that almost none of it has been done?  I don’t know where the day has gone, although I can’t complain too much, I have got the major things on my list done.  I will complain though, that my only kitchen time so far today was cooking a big pot of beans for chili tomorrow and doing dishes, which is lame!  I definitely need some creative time in the kitchen!  But speaking of not knowing where the day has gone, I think I’ll stop typing about not getting things done, haha.

So, I’ve been on a huge soup kick lately.  Yesterday was rainy and grey all day, which by my definition is a soup day.  Today however has been bright and sunny and warm which is totally not a soup day to me, but I’m still headed into the kitchen to make another batch of this after I click publish.  To be totally honest, I’ve made this twice already, it’s really that good even though it’s nothing fancy.  I blame it on being mushroom deprived though.  I can hardly ever think of yummy mushroom ideas, especially since the hubby wont touch them.  But this, I don’t mind keeping all to myself.  Or at least just sharing with the kids.

Ooh, and speaking of warm weather.  I was totally surprised and excited to find things sprouting out in our yard and even in my herb bed.  I even got this fresh thyme out of my garden.  I’m so excited for green things in our yard, it’s not even funny!  I didn’t share anything about our garden last year, but I’m looking forward to sharing at least a little bit this year.  There’s nothing more exciting to me than food growing in my own yard 😀

[print_this]Creamy Mushroom Soup

Serves 4

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 medium sized onion, finely diced
  • 2 stalks celery finely chopped
  • 1 lb white button mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 2-3 tbsp flour
  • 3 1/2 C milk(I used whole milk, but a lower fat milk would be fine)
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • black pepper to taste(I use about 1/4 tsp)
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme(optional)

In a medium sized pot, melt the butter over medium heat.  Once hot, add the onion and saute for 3-4 minutes before adding the celery as well.  Continue to cook until the onion and celery are mostly softened, about another 4 minutes.  Add the mushrooms and mix well.  Allow them to cook until they have shrunk slightly.  Continue to stir while they cook.

To the vegetable mixture, add the flour and mix very well.  Then add the milk and again, mix very well to incorporate all the flour so that it isn’t lumpy.  Bring to a boil and simmer for just a couple minutes until all the vegetables are tender and the mushrooms are cooked.  Season and serve.

The soup will thicken slightly more as it cools.  If you prefer a thicker soup you can puree about 1/3 of the soup, or leave it and reduce the milk by 1/2C.  You can also increase the amount of milk slightly for a thinner soup, just adjust the seasonings as needed.[/print_this]

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1 Katie@Cozydelicious March 12, 2012 at 19:50

I’ve been on a soup kick too. And this soup looks awesome. I love mushroom soup. yum!


2 Nicole, RD March 12, 2012 at 13:08

Heidi, I LOOOVE these photos! All of your photos are gorgeous, but I especially love these 🙂 P.S. Did that FB invite work?


3 Heidi @ Food Doodles March 12, 2012 at 15:01

Aw, thank you!! I meant to send you a message, FB just gives me an error message when I click the like button from the email. Even when I search for your page on FB, it just doesn’t come up and when I click from your site it just goes to my news feed. It’s like it’s totally blocked from me. I have no idea why! Silly FB 🙁


4 Nora @ Natural noshing March 10, 2012 at 08:03

Here’s another one of your delicious recipes that I MUST try! I love love love mushrooms but the hubby isn’t a fan at all so I could make this and eat it ALL myself 🙂 I realllyyyyyy like that plan! This soup looks comforting and incredible and easy – two thumbs up Heidi!


5 vianney March 10, 2012 at 00:15

days are too busy lately, I long for easy,lazy days to bake bread and maybe enjoy a bowl of this wonderful soup!!


6 The Cafe Sucre Farine` March 9, 2012 at 23:23

Your soup looks fantastic, love mushroom soup and the fresh herbs make yours so attractive!


7 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen March 9, 2012 at 03:16

Oh yeah, I’ve been having quite a few of those day lately and the to-do list just keeps growing!


8 Vicky March 8, 2012 at 11:47

Sounds so good! I love mushroom soup!


9 mellissa @ ibreatheimhungry March 8, 2012 at 08:56

Heidi this looks so good! Mushrooms with thyme is one of my all time favorite flavor combos and this soup is right up my alley! If I omit the flour I can even make it work with my low carb thing so I’m getting the stuff to make when I shop today! Very excited! Like you I also get so happy when my garden wakes up and living in SC that happens so much earlier than in CT! I had fresh herbs pretty much all winter which was amazing to me! The other day I was walking around and my fig tree has tiny figs on it and my passion flower vines which survived several frosts this winter is loaded with buds that should flower any day! I was totally giddy about it – such a garden geek! 🙂 Can’t wait to try your soup! Thanks for the recipe!


10 Stephanie March 7, 2012 at 22:43

This is one of my favorite kinds of soup! I miss my thyme bush, its so nice to just wander into the backyard and grab some stuff to add to your dinner


11 Kathryn March 7, 2012 at 02:56

I definitely have days like that, sometimes I’ll look at the clock and realise that it’s 5pm and I cannot think what I’ve done with the day!

What a lovely simple and tasty soup.


12 chinmayie @ love food eat March 7, 2012 at 02:00

It’s summer already in India so no more hearty soups for me but yeah this looks so good!


13 Zinedine March 7, 2012 at 01:45

Unfortunately there are too much mushrooms in the mushroom soap for me…
I’m okay with some mushrooms alongside a piece of meat… But it looks perfect for my wife – she loves mushrooms!


14 March 6, 2012 at 21:19

I kept on making a to-do list, prioritizing things around the house. Ending up doing the less priority in it. Yummy and creamy mushroom soup is the best when taking a break in doing all of this to-do list. 🙂


15 Marsha @ The Harried Cook March 6, 2012 at 19:32

My to=do list is longer it has ever been, and I am losing it! It is baking that keeps me sane! This soup looks really great! I love mushroom and I love the chunkiness of this soup… Thanks for sharing!


16 Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} March 6, 2012 at 18:27

Yeah, my to-do list is ridiculous. I feel like I am a hamster running around a wheel and just can’t catch up!

This soup looks fabulous–it’s been way too long since I’ve had a good mushroom soup. I never make it because my husband wouldn’t be a fan, either.


17 em March 6, 2012 at 18:06

not usually a fan of mushrooms, but this looks so incredibly creamy and delish. i bet it pairs nicely with a fresh loaf of whole wheat bread.


18 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen March 6, 2012 at 16:08

The last meal I made with mushrooms my husband said tasted like dirt (for the record, I didn’t agree with him) I bet he’d eat this though 🙂


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