Mmmm Better Cream of Mushroom Soup (Non-GMO and GF)

 I first published this post back in March of 2013.  I’ve since made this recipe 3 times (I make large batches and freeze it) in hopes of getting much better photos, or at least photos that make the soup look appetizing and no matter how I tried, the photos still didn’t do the soup justice.  It’s not pretty soup. It’s prettier than the condensed cream of crud soups from the grocery store, but it doesn’t photograph well at all.

So, I did what any decent blogger would do.  I called a good friend in New Zealand who has oodles more photography experience than I do and bribed her to make this recipe and shoot some pictures for me.  She was WELL worth the money spent to finally get some pretty photos of this soup.  She served it to her family as-is, and didn’t use it as you would typically use a cream soup as a main ingredient in a recipe.  Her family loved it and gobbled it up.  I love the photos and knew you would too.  Be sure to give my friend Suzanne over at Strands of My Life some love.  You’ll love her blog and you’ll be drooling over her amazing photos.  I promise.  You can also find her over on Facebook. Okay, back to the original post:

 

Real Food Cream of Mushroom Soup by Real Food Girl: Unmodified with a GF version Shazam!  I finally did it!  I have managed to come up with TWO phenomenal substitutes for canned Cream of Mushroom Soup!  I swear the stars and planets were aligned the day I stepped into the kitchen in an effort to come up with a healthy, MSG free, non-GMO, organic version of  Mushroom Crap in a Can.  I apologize for the harsh language however accurately it describes that “soup” that people use in so many recipes.  I have no idea what took me so long to make my own.  I think part of it was fear that I wouldn’t be able to get it right without spending a ton of money.  Much to my shagrin I managed to make two versions, one Organic/GMO-Free and the other version is Organic/GMO-Free and Gluten Free!  You read that correctly.  I went ahead and made a GF variety as well.  Because I’m super cool like that. 

I was very pleased with how both varieties tasted and how easy it was to make.  You can actually taste the mushrooms.  I couldn’t stop dipping my tasting spoon into the saucepan!  It was Cream of Success!  I’ll be playing around with flavors, seasonings and herbs in an attempt to make a cream of chicken, cream of celery and a golden mushroom substitute so that I can kiss Campbell’s good-bye once and for all!

You may be wondering why I chose to have a picture of diced mushrooms instead of showing you the pictures of both soups.  The reason I chose that picture is because both soups although much more colorful and real looking than the gray stuff in the can, kind of looked like… well, um- they look like baby pooh.  I tried several different things to make the soup photograph beautifully, and nothing worked.  No matter the plate, bowl, spoon or angle, the stuff just looks unappetizing in a photo.  Don’t let this deter you.  After seeing my soup next to the canned one you’ll want to make your own going forward because the stuff in the can is gray and nasty looking and mine is the color of mushrooms!

The texture and consistency of my Organic/GMO-Free recipe was similar to the actual product I was trying to make a substitute for.  The GF version was a little looser and a little less smooth.  I used a rice flour for the GF version two reasons.  The first reason is that it was the only GF thickener I had on hand that wasn’t corn starch.  The second reason is that it’s the only GF flour I’ve used aside from almond flour and almond flour wouldn’t have worked at all in this recipe.

I have not yet tested this soup in a slow cooker recipe.  I did test it in a skillet chicken dish I make and in a baked chicken and rice dish.  The soup held up and didn’t separate or curdle or do anything funky.  Not that I expected it to, but you never know.  If you happen to test it in a slow cooker recipe before I do, please let me know how your dish turned out.  I’d love feedback.  UPDATE- this soup worked well in the slow cooker, and it freezes well for about 30-45 days-end update.

Real Food Cream of Mushroom Soup by Real Food Girl: Unmodified with a GF version Many of you have asked for me to come up with or find an alternative to Cream of “whatever” soup recipe, and I’m happy that I could grant your request.  I did search for an existing recipe but they used SO much flour and corn starch I could hardly call them healthy.  One recipe called for almost a cup of flour and another a half cup of corn starch.  Holy cow!  There is NO way.  I also was able to achieve a good, thick soup (doesn’t have to be as gelatinous-ly solid as the canned stuff) with using mostly milk and a little cream instead of all cream.  Don’t get me wrong, I love cream, but it breaks down faster than milk does, and if this soup is going to be used in slow cookers, we can’t have the cream breaking down into a separated buttery, curdled mass.  That’s not yummy.

Finally, to get the most flavor for these soups I knew I’d need to use some mushroom stock/broth.  In order to make that I was going to need some dried mushrooms.  I chose to use some dried porcini mushrooms.  They have a nice flavor that isn’t too overpowering and in soaking them in hot water to reconstitute them, you end up with instant mushroom broth!  Any organic dried porcini mushroom will do and they are easy to find.  You could also used dried shiitake mushrooms or dried baby portabella mushrooms.

 

Mmm Better, Cream of Mushroom Soup
Serves 3
The Real Food version of those condensed cans of crud that you've been looking for!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
For the Organic/GMO-Free version
  1. 1 TB olive oil
  2. 1 TB unsalted butter
  3. 2 TB flour
  4. 1/3 cup yellow onion- diced very small
  5. 1/2 tsp white wine vinegar
  6. 1 cup diced fresh mushrooms (I used baby portabella mushrooms. They have more flavor than white button mushrooms)
  7. 1/4 cup dried mushrooms (soak them in 1/2 cup hot water for 30 minutes, and save the mushroom liquid, dice the reconstituted mushrooms and set aside)
  8. 1/2 tsp. fresh garlic, minced
  9. 3/4 cup whole milk
  10. 1/4 cup heavy cream
  11. 1/2 cup reserved mushroom liquid strained through a paper towel to catch all the dirt and impurities from the shrooms
  12. 1/4 cup water- if needed
  13. Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  14. Granulated garlic to taste (garlic powder will work- but NOT garlic salt)
For the Organic/GMO-Free and Gluten Free Version
  1. 1 TB olive oil
  2. 1 TB unsalted butter
  3. 3 TB ground rice flour (I used Bob's Red Mill)
  4. 1/3 cup yellow onion- diced very small
  5. 1/2 tsp. white wine vinegar
  6. 1/4 tsp. lemon juice
  7. 1 cup diced fresh mushrooms (I used baby portabella mushrooms. They have more flavor than white button mushrooms)
  8. 1/4 cup dried mushrooms (soak them in 1/2 cup hot water for 30 minutes, and save the mushroom liquid, dice the reconstituted mushrooms and set aside)
  9. 1/2 tsp. fresh garlic, minced
  10. 3/4 cup whole milk
  11. 1/4 cup heavy cream
  12. 1/2 cup reserved mushroom liquid strained through a paper towel to catch all the dirt and impurities from the shrooms
  13. 1/4 cup water- if needed
  14. Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  15. Granulated garlic to taste (garlic powder will work- but NOT garlic salt)
Instructions
  1. In a 2 qt. saucepan over medium heat add olive oil and butter. Once melted add onions, a pinch of salt and pepper and cook, stirring often until they start to get golden brown around the edges.
  2. Add the mushrooms and stir to coat them in the oil/butter/onion mixture. Add another pinch of salt and a pinch of pepper. Lower heat to medium-low. Add half the reconstituted mushrooms and stir.
  3. Continue cooking mushrooms until most the water has been cooked out of them and they've been reduced down and caramelized- this takes between 10-12 minutes.
  4. Add minced garlic and the white wine vinegar and cook for 2 minutes.
  5. Add 2 TB flour (3 TB if using rice flour), and cook for about 2 minutes. The mushroom and onion mixture will get kind of pasty but you need to stir continuously and cook the raw flour taste out of the flour.
  6. Add 1/2 cup of the reserved mushroom broth/liquid and 1/4 cup of water.
  7. Stir well or whisk to keep the flour from clumping.
  8. Add 3/4 whole milk and a pinch of granulated garlic. Continue to cook over medium-low heat, stirring frequently until soup thickens. About 5 minutes. Increase heat to medium if soup isn't thickening fast enough.
  9. Add 1/4 cup of heavy cream, stir to combine and take pan off heat.
  10. Take one cup of the soup and put in a bowl. Using an immersion blender (or put in a regular blender) and blend until smooth. Return the blended cup of soup back to the saucepan and return the saucepan to the heat.
  11. Cook the soup over medium-low heat until desired consistency is reached. Add the last of the reconstituted dried mushrooms and either use immediately in a dish, or store in an air tight container. This will keep for about 5 days in the fridge and a few months in the freezer.
Notes
  1. If you take this out of the freezer and notice that it has a slightly curdled appearance, just heat slightly and add a little cream, stir well and it should return to its original texture.
  2. The photos for this fabulous Real Food Girl Recipe were done by Suzanne at www.strandsofmylife.com
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Classically trained Cordon Bleu chef turned anti-GMO, pro-organic, food hippie blogger with a passion for REAL food.

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13 Responses to Mmmm Better Cream of Mushroom Soup (Non-GMO and GF)

  1. Sarah April 14, 2014 at 12:44 pm #

    I have been looking for something like this forever. I cannot wait to try it!

  2. Machele April 5, 2014 at 12:05 pm #

    This is crazy good stuff! I’m making it again x4 to freeze :) I love it just as a soup and also use it for chops and albacore casserole. Delish! Once again girl, amazing recipe!

    • Kristine Cocchairella April 5, 2014 at 12:35 pm #

      Thank you so much!! We love this, too! I’m so glad that you have found so many great uses for it, too!! :)

  3. Sandra March 19, 2013 at 10:09 am #

    Kacey, can you use coconut flour? Coconut flour does carry a hint of coconut flavor, but it may be subtle in this recipe. What do you think?

    Thank You!

    • Real Food Girl March 19, 2013 at 8:27 pm #

      I don’t see why not. It can’t hurt to test it out. :) I think tapioca starch would work, too.

  4. Kacey Cocchiarella January 27, 2013 at 9:51 pm #

    Thank you! And thanks for pinning, too!!

  5. KellyTheChef January 27, 2013 at 9:40 pm #

    Mmmm, thanks for posting this! I just pinned it!
    :)
    Kelly

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