Creamy Mushroom Soup…hold the cream!

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I just love mushrooms. I am a certified mushroom fiend. But here’s the thing, I don’t really like mushroom soup…or at least not the ones I’ve tried so far. So when I saw a recipe for creamy mushroom soup in this month’s Vegetarian Times (February 2010), I just had to give it a try. Of course, I couldn’t just make it straight from the pages either….I had to modify it to suit my tastes. The recipe called for soy creamer, but I opted to use cashew paste instead. Using cashews not only gives the soup a creaminess, but helps to thicken it and adds a delicious nuttiness.

You will also note that I used more everyday mushrooms for the soup, but added some browned exotic mushrooms as a topper for flavor, texture and visual appeal. You can honestly use any mushrooms you want for this soup though and I think it would turn out amazing!

Creamy Mushroom Soup…hold the cream

2 cups low sodium vegetable broth
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups of fresh mushroom, mixed variety like button & crimini
1 cup of fresh mushrooms, exotic like shitake, oyster, king trumpet etc. can use dried as well
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup shallots, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1/3 cup of red wine
1 cup of raw cashews
1/4 cup water
S +P to taste

  1. Add the cashews to the food processor and pulse until chopped. Add the water and blend until you get a watery paste. You can add more water to get the desired consistency.
  2. Heat oil in a large saucepan. Saute the mushrooms and shallots until they begin to soften. Add the garlic and continue to cook until garlic becomes fragrant. Add salt + pepper.
  3. Turn up heat and add the red wine. Simmer for about 2-3 minutes or until liquid is reduced by half.
  4. Reduce the heat and add the vegetable broth. Then add the cashew mixture and stir well.
  5. Cook for about 30 minutes.
  6. Add butter to a saute pan. Once melted, add exotic mushrooms and saute until browned. If using dried, soak beforehand.
  7. Transfer soup to the blender and puree until smooth. Ladle into bowls and top with the browned exotic mushrooms.

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13 thoughts on “Creamy Mushroom Soup…hold the cream!

  • November 7, 2010 at 11:56 pm
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    I’m going to say 4-5. depends on the serving size.

  • November 6, 2010 at 8:38 am
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    How many does this serve?

  • February 6, 2010 at 9:55 am
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    I made it and it was amazing! Thanks again for sharing 😉

  • February 5, 2010 at 3:41 pm
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    I just got all the ingredients for this and will try it out tonight on the hubby. Thank you for posting it! I agree – hard to find nice creamy soups without the cream! And who wouldn’t love cashews… mmmm….

  • February 3, 2010 at 5:07 pm
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    I love mushrooms and this soup sounds heavenly! I’m printing this and adding it to my grocery list right now. Thanks!

  • February 3, 2010 at 5:06 pm
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    Oooh, I rarely cook, but this looks so yummy it just may inspire me to do so! The cashew paste idea is especially enticing 🙂

  • February 3, 2010 at 4:54 pm
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    OK so I bought everything to make it tonight. Can’t wait to see how it turns out! 🙂 Thanks for sharing and the pictures are great btw. 🙂

  • February 1, 2010 at 5:45 am
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    Oh my that looks so good! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  • January 31, 2010 at 6:10 pm
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    Awesome! Glad it turned out well for you. I’m planning on making it again with different mushrooms.

  • January 31, 2010 at 5:40 pm
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    Ok, I just made it and it’s the most AWESOME soup ever!!! So creamy and delicious all without dairy. Thanks for posting Jen, it will be a weekly meal for us now 🙂

  • January 31, 2010 at 2:14 pm
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    sorry, it’s 1/4 water!

  • January 31, 2010 at 1:39 pm
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    I’m so glad you posted this, and excited to try it this week. I’ve been looking for a cream-less version, but geez! Soy creamer! Of all the yuck. I hadn’t thought of using cashews. I am confused about the “1/4 cup” after the cashews. Is something left out?

  • January 30, 2010 at 11:30 pm
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    Wow, this sounds amazing! I think it will be on my grocery list tomorrow. It’s so great to meet fellow vegetarians online 🙂

    If you like spinach and peanuts, I totally recommend this soup..it’s incredible:
    http://tinyurl.com/y87sm69

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