Quick and Easy Creamy Wild Mushroom Soup

Creamy Wild Mushroom Soup

My family is really into mushrooms. We hunt wild morels every spring and we get super excited when the chanterelles start coming in in the middle of the summer. We spent a couple of days a few winters ago inoculating over 100 logs with wild mushroom spores of lion’s mane, shitake and 2 different types of oyster mushroom. We are big big fans of fungi.

Oyster Mushroom Logs
Oyster Mushroom Logs

Right now (autumn) is the perfect time of year for two things: soup and oyster and shitake mushrooms. We have been blessed with several really good flushes of wild mushrooms and I’ve gotta do something with them! Enter this delicious Quick and Easy Creamy Wild Mushroom Soup.

This recipe is super fast and would make a delicious appetizer or a light lunch for anyone. You can swap out mushrooms for whatever you have on hand, but I would stay away from using any mushroom that’s really delicate (like enoki).

Chopped wild mushrooms for soup

Where to buy wild mushrooms

If you aren’t a mushroom hunter or don’t have a plethora of inoculated logs, you can buy fresh wild mushrooms in your produce section. Higher end and Asian grocery stores usually have a pretty good selection. Also, if you’ve got a really good farmer’s market near you, you can probably find some wild mushrooms there ( definitely some shitake mushrooms). Buy mushrooms that look plump and fresh. Wild mushrooms can be a little expensive, so buy what you can afford and fill in with button or bella mushrooms.

Creamy Wild Mushroom Soup with hand

Make Ahead Mushroom Soup

You can absolutely make this Quick and Easy Creamy Wild Mushroom Soup a day or two ahead. You can even store it in the freezer for a couple of months (thaw it overnight in the fridge before using)! The trick is in the reheating. Reheat this soup low and slow and don’t let it come to a boil to avoid the soup splitting. Even if it does split, it will still taste delicious it just won’t look very pretty.

Using dehydrated mushrooms

Can you use dehydrated mushrooms in this Quick and Easy Creamy Wild Mushroom Soup? Sure you can! Simply rehydrate your dried mushrooms first in boiling water. Squeeze out the excess and use them like regular mushrooms. The rehydrating liquid is a great substitute for some of the chicken broth in this recipe, too and it has lots of great flavor. I don’t recommend using only dried mushrooms but a mixture of dry and fresh would be totally fine.

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Creamy Wild Mushroom Soup
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Quick and Easy Creamy Wild Mushroom Soup

A super fast mushroom soup to showcase a bounty of fresh wild mushrooms!

Course soup
Cuisine american
Keyword appetizer, mushroom, soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 303 kcal
Author jodiemo

Ingredients

  • 2 shallots peeled and minced
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 4 ounces fresh shitake mushrooms sliced
  • 8 ounces fresh oyster mushrooms sliced
  • 4 ounces fresh button mushrooms sliced
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1.5 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1.5 cups heavy cream or half and half
  • Pinch of saffron ground or threads

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the shallots and mushrooms and cook until the mushrooms are tender and have begun to release their liquid, about 5 minutes. 

  2. Stir in the flour, salt, pepper and thyme and cook for 1 minute. Whisk in the broth and try to smooth out any lumps of flour. Cook until thickened slightly then add in the heavy cream and saffron. Reduce heat to low and heat through. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Feel free to swap out fresh wild mushroom varieties depending on the season. And if you cannot find fresh shitakes, substitute dried shitakes that have been rehydrated in hot water.

Nutrition Facts
Quick and Easy Creamy Wild Mushroom Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 303 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28g 43%
Saturated Fat 17g 85%
Cholesterol 96mg 32%
Sodium 294mg 12%
Potassium 399mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 21.4%
Vitamin C 1.7%
Calcium 4.9%
Iron 6.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

jodiemo

Jodie is a wife, mom, writer and lover of chickens and gardens. She runs her family's winery by day and cooks and writes by night.

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