Delicious, easy creamy mushroom soup recipe perfect for a cosy winter evening. It is a low fat, light and healthy soup as it is made without cream & can be enjoyed with some roasted veggies or bread for a scrumptious filling dinner.
This homemade cream of mushroom soup turns out absolutely lip smacking creamy just like you get in the restaurants but minus all the extra calories as it is not loaded with cream or butter. It is:
- Vegan (dairy free)
- Low fat (no cream used)
- Can be made gluten free
- Absolutely delicious!!
Christmas & New year have just gone by and after a whole week of indulgence, I thought of having some break and made this delicious comforting bowl of earthy fragrant mushroom soup.
Mushrooms are known to be low in calories, rich in antioxidants and are packed with many essential vitamins and minerals like vitamin B, potassium & copper etc. They can be used in so many versatile recipes like stuffed mushrooms, mushroom masala curry, mushroom rice or air fried mushrooms.
How to make mushroom soup without cream?
To make this soup, first sauté onion, garlic, mushrooms in a mix of olive oil & butter. Butter enhances the earthy taste of mushrooms so I would definitely recommend adding it. If you want to make this soup vegan, skip adding butter and use olive oil only.
To thicken it, some whole wheat flour is roasted in the same pan. For making mushroom soup gluten free, you can almond flour or cornstarch (details mentioned in the end of post).
Milk adds creaminess to the soup without making it too heavy. You can use whole milk, low fat milk or to make it dairy free use any plant based milk like almond or soy milk.
As we are making this mushroom soup without cream, we will be blending some of the mushrooms to make the soup thick and creamy. I like to have some mushroom pieces in my soup so I will be leaving few pieces as it is. However blend the entire soup for smoother consistency.
You can definitely add some heavy cream, low fat cream or coconut milk but personally I like this lighter low fat version of soup more.
Which type of mushrooms should be used in soup?
I have used white button mushrooms for making this soup. You can also use shiitake, oyster, cremini or a mixture of 2-3 varieties of mushrooms for more umami flavour. If you are using dried mushrooms then soak them in warm water before using them in soup.
What can be served with mushroom soup?
I like to accompany this soup with garlic bread, sautéed or roasted veggies like broccoli, bell peppers or salad for light dinner.
- Garlic Bread Sticks
- Roasted Beetroot Salad
- White Sauce Pasta (Béchamel Pasta)
- Red Sauce Pasta (Arrabiata Pasta)
How to clean mushrooms?
Ideally mushrooms should be scrubbed with a dry or damp cloth to get rid of all the dirt from them. As I have used organic mushrooms they also had some soil particles stuck to them, so I quickly rinsed them 2-3 times under running water. After that they were spread over a kitchen towel and scrubbed gently.
Mushrooms should never be dipped in water for long as they already have high water content and because of their porous nature they tend to absorb the moisture quickly thus ruining the texture.
If you are looking for simple quick weight loss soup recipes then do try this healthy mushroom soup as it is not loaded with fat and tastes so much better than canned soup. More easy vegetarian or vegan soup recipes:
- Vegetable Noodle Soup
- Broccoli Cheddar Soup
- Sweet Corn Vegetable Soup
- Roasted Tomato Garlic Soup
- Tomato Soup (with beetroot carrots)
- Butter / Vegan Butter- 1 tsp
- Olive Oil- 2 tsp
- Mushrooms- 250 grams
- Vegetable Stock / Water- 1 cup
- Milk / Almond Milk- 1 cup
- Onion (small)-1
- Garlic Cloves- 2 to 3
- Dried Thyme-1/4 tsp
- Salt- 3/4 tsp (to taste)
- Crushed black pepper- 1/2 tsp
- Whole Wheat Flour*- 2 tbsp
- Chopped Parsley or Chives (for garnishing)- 2 tsp
- *Instead of whole wheat flour you can also use all purpose flour. If you want to make this mushroom soup gluten free, then replace it with almond flour.
- Other flavours that you can add in this soup – pinch of nutmeg, rosemary or dried oregano.
- The above recipe yield 2 to 3 servings. Double or triple the recipe for additional servings.
Wash & pat dry the mushrooms on a kitchen towel. Slice and keep them aside. Finely chop onion and garlic also.
Heat butter & olive oil in a pan. Add finely chopped onions, garlic and sauté them on medium flame for 1-2 minutes.
Once the onion turns pink in colour, add mushroom slices and salt to the pan. Sauté for 3 to 4 minutes till they become golden brown from outside. When mushtooms are sauteed, add flour (whole wheat or all purpose) in the pan and roast it for 1 minute while stirring. Mix well all the ingredients.
Add vegetable stock (or water), milk, thyme and crushed black pepper to the sautéed mushrooms. Mix well, bring the mixture to boil and then simmer the soup for 8-10 minutes.
Switch off the flame and let the soup cool down. It will thicken up as it cools down. Transfer the soup in blending jar. I like my soup chunky so I have left few mushroom pieces in pan but if you wish you can blend the entire soup. Transfer this puree back in the pan and mix well. Let the soup heat for another 3-4 minutes on medium flame.
Adjust the consistency of the soup as per your choice by adding more milk or vegetable stock. Garnish with some sautéed mushroom pieces, finely chopped chives or parsley. Serve hot.
Can I add cream to this mushroom soup?
If you want to add cream to this soup, add 1/4 cup heavy, low fat cream or coconut milk in the last step of the recipe.
How to thicken the soup using cornstarch?
Cornstarch is a completely gluten free flour and is often used in thickening the soup. To use it, first dissolve it in some room temperature milk or water and mix well. Add this mixture to the soup while whisking continuously. Bring the soup to boil and then simmer for 2-3 minutes. You will notice the soup will begin to thicken up gradually.
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