Epicure Recipe Card #11: Wild Mushroom Soup

With the evenings becoming noticeably cooler lately, it makes for perfect soup weather. We are also in the midst of autumn when mushrooms are at their best. I was a bit lazy when I happened upon some nice Portobello mushrooms instore so I ended up buying only these, which doesn’t qualify my resulting soup as ‘wild mushroom’. Ideally I would have liked to have eaten the Portobellos grilled or stuffed but the recipe card says soup, so soup it was.

This soup is quite watery as it is very low in cream content. This suits the likes of me as too much cream upsets my digestion unfortunately. The mushrooms aren’t required to be pulverised either, so the end product is quite thin. Definitely something to serve with crusty bread or with cooked orzo/risoni stirred through to bulk it up as a meal. I served mine with some grilled cheese on toast.

Mushroom Soup (serves 2)
(adapted from The Age – Epicure 50 Best Recipe Cards, recipe by Jill Dupleix)

·         1 tbs butter
·         ½ tbs olive oil
·         ½ onion, finely diced
·         500g mixed mushrooms, finely sliced
·         1 garlic clove, crushed
·         1 tbs tomato paste
·         500mL chicken or vegetable stock
·         2 tbs thickened cream or sour cream

  1. Heat oil and butter in a saucepan over medium heat and cook onion for around 10 minutes until soft.
  2. Add mushrooms and garlic and cook for 5 minutes. Add tomato paste and stock then simmer gently for roughly 20 minutes until mushrooms are tender.
  3. Whisk in cream and season to taste. Dollop with extra cream/sour cream to serve, if desired.

happy cooking!


  1. humm... a big bowl of that mushroom soup would be perfect for the chilly nights we've been having.. :)

  2. It's getting cold in Sydney. Perfect soup time! Nice recipe.

  3. A lighter soup is definitely better. I like the look of your cheese toast, too!

  4. Perfect recipe for these colder nights. Adore mushrooms so much and like the idea of this being a lighter soup.

  5. "the recipe card says soup, so soup it was"?

    You've changed.

  6. Oh yum!! I love buttery and creamy mushrooms! Plus my boyfriend hates mushrooms so more for me! :)

  7. Lovely looking soup! The addition of tomato pasta and small amount of cream is different but I can see it would be rather good indeed :)

  8. Hey Lis, yes indeed! Nothing like the earthy warmth of mushrooms to beat the chill of these cool nights we're having.

    Hey Ellie, what's cold weather without soup, eh?

    Hey Bel, the soup is warming without being heavy. Haha, my impromptu cheese toast with random shreds of basil! =p

    Hey Sara, not sure there's a mushroom I've met that I don't like =)

    Hey Conor, I will try to be more reckless in future. Promise.

    Hey Lily, you've got to convert him to the mushroom love!

    Hey Lorraine, agree that the addition of tomato paste is an interesting one. Not sure what it did at all as it wasn't obviously present in taste.


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