Chef John's Creamy Mushroom Soup


95 min

Chef John's Creamy Mushroom Soup

Chef John's Creamy Mushroom Soup Photo 1


Broccoli soup


95 min


6 persons




4.00 rating-star (570)


Author: Victoria Bailey
This mushroom soup is creamy and rich — it's one of my favorite soups of all time and it's so easy! The long, slow caramelization of the mushrooms requires a little patience, but it really unlocks their magical flavor, which is the secret to this mushroom soup.


  • unsalted butter : 0.25 cup
  • (16 ounce) packages sliced fresh mushrooms : 2 packages
  • salt : 1 pinch
  • yellow onion, diced : 1 medium
  • all-purpose flour : 1.5 Tbsp
  • fresh thyme, tied in a bundle with kitchen twine : 6 sprigs
  • garlic, peeled : 2 clove
  • chicken broth, or more to taste : 4 cups
  • water, or more to taste : 1 cup
  • heavy whipping cream : 1 cup
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste : 1 piece
  • fresh thyme leaves for garnish, or to taste : 1 tsp

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Stages of cooking

  1. Melt butter in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Sauté mushrooms and 1 pinch salt in the melted butter until mushrooms release their juices, 5 to 10 minutes.
  2. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue to cook, stirring often, until juices evaporate and mushrooms are caramelized, 15 to 25 minutes. Set aside a few attractive mushroom slices for garnish later, if desired.
  3. Add onion to the mushrooms; cook until onion is soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
  4. Stir flour into the mushroom mixture and cook, stirring often, to remove the raw flour taste, about 2 minutes.
  5. Add thyme bundle and garlic cloves, then pour in 4 cups chicken broth and 1 cup water. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 hour. Remove and discard thyme bundle.
  6. Puree soup with an immersion blender until smooth and thick. Stir in cream. If too thick, add a little chicken broth or water. Season with salt and black pepper.
  7. Ladle into bowls, and garnish with reserved mushroom slices and thyme leaves. DOTDASH MEREDITH FOOD STUDIOS
    Chef John's Creamy Mushroom Soup Photo 8

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