Thick & Creamy Homemade Cream Of Mushroom Soup
So, raise your hand (...and be honest!) if you've never made homemade cream of mushroom soup. If you haven't, then I have a treat for you. =)
This is the recipe that I make for my husband and I. For larger families, simply double. Variations follow.
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- oz. fresh, white button mushrooms, cleaned and sliced thinly (factory sliced mushrooms not recommended)
- cup finely chopped onion
- cloves of garlic, minced
- tb. butter, divided
- tb. flour
- cups chicken broth or stock
- cup half & half
- tsp. salt
- tsp. pepper
- parsley flakes
- freshly grated nutmeg, optional
*CHOOSE YOUR OWN VARIATION BELOW IN DIRECTIONS SECTION*
1In a medium soup kettle, melt 3 TB. butter. Saute sliced mushrooms and onion until soft. Add minced garlic and saute for 1 more minute. Melt last TB. of butter in with mushroom mixture and add 3 TB. flour. Cook, stirring gently to coat, for 1 more minute.
2Add chicken broth, then simmer and stir until bubbly and thickened. Add half & half, parsley (if using) and salt and pepper. Heat on medium-low to heat through. Do not boil once you have added the half & half or it will separate. Check and adjust salt and pepper at end as some broths and stocks are saltier than others.
3Ladle into bowls and add a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg, if desired.
4~FOR SWISS MUSHROOM SOUP~
Butter thick slices of French bread and sprinkle with garlic powder. Place under broiler to toast adding thick slices of Swiss cheese during last minute. Top hot bowls of soup with the cheesy garlic toast.
5~FOR MUSHROOM SPINACH SOUP~
Add a few handfuls of fresh, chopped spinach (stems removed) during last 5 minutes of cooking.
6~FOR BACON MUSHROOM SOUP~`
Cook 1 1/2 " pieces of Maple Peppered bacon until just crisp. Drain and add to bowls of soup with chunky garlic croutons.