Thick, Creamy & Healthy Mushroom Soup

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Thick & Creamy Mushroom Soup in a pot with ladle filled with earthy mushrooms, aeromatic onions, flavorful oregano, and bright chives. 

Now this is a bowl of love.  Creamy, delicious, and healthy looooveee, AKA, my Thick & Creamy Healthy Mushroom Soup.  This soup is filled with earthy mushrooms, aeromatic onions, flavorful herby oregano, and bright chives.  And it’s made without cream or flour, so it’s lighter and gluten free.  But oh so thick and creamy and scrumptious.  Definitely a bowl of love.

Mushrooms Are Heavenly & Healing!

Mushrooms are a weakness for me.  I can eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  The aroma of sauteed or roasted mushrooms brings a smile to my face.  The earthy and savory flavors are absolutely everything.

So, the fact that mushrooms are also good for me is just icing on the mushroom!  Mushrooms are have so many benefits that are linked to risk reduction of health conditions, such as cancer and heart disease.  Click here to read more about this. 

Mushrooms are a great source of antioxidants, which work to get rid of free radicals, a type of chemical that can harm a person’s body cells, potentially leading to cancer.   They also contain fiber, potassium and vitamin C, which help with heart health. 

Mushrooms also contain Selenium, which is a mineral not found in most fruits and vegetables.  Selenium helps with liver enzyme function and can also improve immune response to infection by stimulating the production of T-cells.

Why wouldn’t you eat mushrooms??  So, here are some more recipes to try!

Thick & Creamy Mushroom Soup in a bowl with spoon filled with earthy mushrooms, aeromatic onions, flavorful oregano, and bright chives. 

Quick note!  This post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you purchase from them.  This commission is what helps me keep this blog afloat :).  But, I also share these links because I have used the products, genuinely love them, and want you to know exactly what I used. 

EQUIPMENT

For this recipe, you need a food processor and a large soup pot or dutch oven. I lived in NYC for many years and now live in Hoboken, so kitchen space has always been limited. So I’ve always used a mini food processor and will chop food in batches if necessary. For this recipe, the mini had me chop mushrooms in 3 batches, but using a regular size food processor, you can finely chop all the mushrooms at once.

For this recipe and other soups and stews I absolutely LOVE My Le Creuset Dutch Oven.  It was my Mom’s and now it’s mine and I feel like she’s with me in the kitchen when I cook with it.  Not to mention, it’s just a gorgeous piece of cookware.  Cuisinart also makes a great option that is much more affordable. Of course, you can use any other soup pot or dutch oven. 

PREP-AHEAD FOR YOUR HEALTHY MUSHROOM SOUP

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details)

 There are seriously so few steps to this soup that I recommend making the entire soup ahead.  However, if you still want to split up the prep to do ahead, you can prep the onions and the mushrooms.

For the onions, simply dice them into small pieces.  Then go to work on the mushrooms.  I use white button mushrooms in this recipe because they are nice and hearty and economical.  However, you could certainly use cremini or a mix of button, cremini, and shitaki.  The easiest way to prep these is in a food processor.  You can use a regular size processor or a mini food processor in batches.

Break up with hands or rough chop the mushrooms. Then add to a food processor. Pulse to get the mushrooms chopped into various sizes…tiny, small, and medium pieces for various textures in the soup, but mostly you want tiny and small. 

Mushrooms blending in processor for Thick & Creamy Healthy Mushroom Soup. The soup has earthy mushrooms, aeromatic onions, flavorful oregano, and bright chives. 

Pureed Mushrooms for Thick & Creamy Healthy Mushroom Soup. The soup has earthy mushrooms, aeromatic onions, flavorful oregano, and bright chives. 

Store separately in the fridge or move on to cooking.

COOK YOUR HEALTHY MUSHROOM SOUP 

Preheat a soup pot. Add olive oil and then the diced onion. Stir and reduce heat to medium so the onions don’t burn.Onions in pot with spoon for Thick & Creamy Healthy Mushroom Soup. The soup has earthy mushrooms, aeromatic onions, flavorful oregano, and bright chives. 

To the onions in the pot, add the processed mushrooms and sauté them about 6-8 minutes.

Pureed Mushrooms in pot with spoon for Thick & Creamy Healthy Mushroom Soup. The soup has earthy mushrooms, aeromatic onions, flavorful oregano, and bright chives. 

Add the salt and pepper and the Vegetable broth.

In a separate bowl, add 1 cup milk and whisk in the 1/4 cup cornstarch until dissolved, creating a slurry.

Whisk the cornstarch and milk slurry into the soup. Bring up to a simmer stirring constantly until it starts to thicken. Continue to simmer for another 5 minutes.

Cornstarch Slurry in bowl with spoon for Thick & Creamy Healthy Mushroom Soup. The soup has earthy mushrooms, aeromatic onions, flavorful oregano, and bright chives. 

Whisk stirring Creamy Healthy Mushroom Soup in a pot filled with earthy mushrooms, aeromatic onions, flavorful oregano, and bright chives. 

Creamy Healthy Mushroom Soup boiling in a pot filled with earthy mushrooms, aeromatic onions, flavorful oregano, and bright chives. 

Scoop into a bowl and garnish with chives.

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Thick & Creamy Mushroom Soup in a bowl with spoon filled with earthy mushrooms, aeromatic onions, flavorful oregano, and bright chives. 

Thick & Creamy Healthy Mushroom Soup

This Thick & Creamy Healthy Mushroom Soup is filled with earthy mushrooms, aeromatic onions, flavorful herby oregano, and bright chives.  And it's made without cream or flour, so it's lighter and gluten free.  But oh so thick and creamy and scrumptious.  Definitely a bowl of love. #mushroomsoup #mushroomrecipes #soup #easydinner #comfortfoods #fallrecipes

Course Main Course, Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword healthy food, healthy lunch, healthy recipes, Mushroom soup, mushrooms, soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 10 oz White button mushrooms
  • 1 Small Yellow onion
  • 1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Cornstarch
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 5 cups Vegetable broth
  • 1 cup 1% Lowfat milk any fat content will do
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • Chives for garnish

Instructions

Prep Ahead

  1. Dice onion.

  2. Break up with hands or rough chop the mushrooms. Then add to a food processor. Pulse to get the mushrooms chopped into various sizes…tiny, small, and medium pieces for various textures in the soup, but mostly you want tiny and small.  NOTE, if you are using a mini food processor, do this in 2-3 batches.

  3. If you are doing these steps a day or more ahead, store the onions and mushrooms separately in the fridge. Otherwise, move on to cook.

Cook

  1. Preheat a soup pot. Add olive oil and then the diced onion. Stir and reduce heat to medium so the onions don’t burn.

  2. To the onions in the pot, add the processed mushrooms and sauté them about 6-8 minutes.

  3. Add the salt and pepper and the Vegetable broth.

  4. In a separate bowl, add 1 cup milk and whisk in the 1/4 cup cornstarch until dissolved, creating a slurry.  

  5. Whisk the cornstarch and milk slurry into the soup. Bring up to a simmer stirring constantly until it starts to thicken.  Continue to simmer for another 5 minutes.

  6. Scoop into a bowl and garnish with chives.

Skillet Artichoke Chicken with Sun Dried Tomatoes

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Close up of Skillet Artichoke Chicken with sun dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, in cream sauce. #skilletchicken #skilletdinner #chicken #easydinner #familydinner #italian #tuscanchicken

This Skillet Artichoke Chicken with sun dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, and a lick-the-pan cream sauce is is divine.  It’s also know in my house as Holy Crap, this is Good Chicken!  The chicken is seared for ultimate flavor.  Then the garlic and sun dried tomatoes give this deep italian flavor that’s nutty and slightly sweet.  The artichoke hearts bring a tangy creaminess.  All of this cooks in the creamiest cream sauce that’s thick, rich, and delicious.

It’s the kind of dish that you can always have the ingredients on hand in your pantry and and fridge to pull together last minute.  

Close up of Artichoke Chicken with sun dried tomatoes on plate with fork holding a bite and pan in background. #skilletchicken #skilletdinner #chicken #easydinner #familydinner #italian #tuscanchicken

Easy & Healthy Skillet Dinner

We all know that in terms of meat, chicken is a great source of complete protein without the high fat or calories.  It also has a relatively neutral flavor so it’s a great for a quick dinner and takes on the flavors of what you add to it.   

We also have delicious and healthy artichokes in this recipe.  They provide Fiber AND protein and are packed with nutrients, Vitamins C and K, Magnesium, Potassium, and Iron just to name a few!  

Overall, you get 31.4g of protein and 6.4g of Fiber in this yummy recipe!

Other easy Chicken or Artichoke recipes to try:

Close up of Skillet Artichoke Chicken with sun dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, in cream sauce. #skilletchicken #skilletdinner #chicken #easydinner #familydinner #italian #tuscanchicken

Quick note!  This post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you purchase from them.  This commission is what helps me keep this blog afloat :).  But, I also share these links because I have used the products, genuinely love them, and want you to know exactly what I used. 

PREP-AHEAD FOR YOUR SKILLET ARTICHOKE CHICKEN

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details)

Cut the Chicken breasts into 2 or 3 medium size pieces, each about 2″ x 2″. Then season both sides of each chicken piece with salt and pepper.

Strain the sun dried tomatoes over a bowl to reserve the flavorful olive oil for cooking later.   Then cut the tomatoes into small bite-size pieces.

straining sun dried tomatoes in olive oil for Skillet Artichoke Chicken with sun dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, in cream sauce. #skilletchicken #skilletdinner #chicken #easydinner #familydinner #italian #tuscanchicken

Knife cutting sun dried tomatoes for Skillet Artichoke Chicken with sun dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, in cream sauce. #skilletchicken #skilletdinner #chicken #easydinner #familydinner #italian #tuscanchicken

Strain the artichoke hearts and discard the water. Cut them into small bite-size pieces as well.

Chopped artichoke hearts for Skillet Artichoke Chicken with sun dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, in cream sauce. #skilletchicken #skilletdinner #chicken #easydinner #familydinner #italian #tuscanchicken

Finally, mince the garlic.  If you are doing this prep a day or more ahead, then simply store the sun dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and garlic together and the chicken in the fridge separately.

That’s it for prepping ahead!

COOK YOUR SKILLET ARTICHOKE CHICKEN 

Preheat a large skillet.  Add a tsp of olive oil from the sun dried tomatoes to the preheated pan and then add the chicken. Cook for 5 minutes on one side until seared. Then flip and cook on the other side for another 3-4 minutes until seared. Then remove to a plate and set aside.

Seared chicken in skillet for Artichoke Chicken with sun dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, in cream sauce. #skilletchicken #skilletdinner #chicken #easydinner #familydinner #italian #tuscanchicken

Add another tsp of the olive oil, the sun dried tomatoes, garlic, and artichoke hearts. Cook for a couple minutes stirring so the garlic doesn’t burn. Then stir in the flour until completely combined. Stir in the chicken broth and bring to a simmer , stirring until you see the sauce start to thicken.

Chopped artichoke hearts and sun dried tomatoes in pan for Skillet Artichoke Chicken with sun dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, in cream sauce. #skilletchicken #skilletdinner #chicken #easydinner #familydinner #italian #tuscanchicken

Adding flour to chopped artichoke hearts and sun dried tomatoes in pan for Skillet Artichoke Chicken with sun dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, in cream sauce. #skilletchicken #skilletdinner #chicken #easydinner #familydinner #italian #tuscanchicken

Flour mixed into chopped artichoke hearts and sun dried tomatoes in pan for Skillet Artichoke Chicken with sun dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, in cream sauce. #skilletchicken #skilletdinner #chicken #easydinner #familydinner #italian #tuscanchicken

Adding broth to chopped artichoke hearts and sun dried tomatoes in pan for Skillet Artichoke Chicken with sun dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, in cream sauce. #skilletchicken #skilletdinner #chicken #easydinner #familydinner #italian #tuscanchicken

Artichoke and sun dried tomatoes sauce in pan for Skillet Artichoke Chicken with sun dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, in cream sauce. #skilletchicken #skilletdinner #chicken #easydinner #familydinner #italian #tuscanchicken

Now it’s time to add back the chicken, then cover and simmer on medium low for 10 minutes.

Chicken added to artichoke and sun dried tomatoes sauce in pan for Skillet Artichoke Chicken with sun dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, in cream sauce. #skilletchicken #skilletdinner #chicken #easydinner #familydinner #italian #tuscanchicken

Covered skillet with Artichoke Chicken with sun dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, in cream sauce. #skilletchicken #skilletdinner #chicken #easydinner #familydinner #italian #tuscanchicken

Finally, remove the cover, stir in the half and half, then add the fresh basil. 

Adding half and half to Skillet Artichoke Chicken with sun dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, in cream sauce. #skilletchicken #skilletdinner #chicken #easydinner #familydinner #italian #tuscanchicken

Skillet Artichoke Chicken with sun dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, in cream sauce. #skilletchicken #skilletdinner #chicken #easydinner #familydinner #italian #tuscanchicken

ENJOY!

😍 Carrie

Skillet Artichoke Chicken with sun dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, in cream sauce. #skilletchicken #skilletdinner #chicken #easydinner #familydinner #italian #tuscanchicken

SKillet Artichoke Chicken with Sun Dried Tomatoes

This Skillet Artichoke Chicken with sun dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, and a lick-the-pan cream sauce is is divine.  It's also know in my house as Holy Crap, this is Good Chicken!  The chicken is seared for ultimate flavor.  Then the garlic, artichoke hearts, basil, and sun dried tomatoes give this deep italian flavor that's nutty, slightly sweet, and tangy.  All of this cooks in the creamiest cream sauce that's thick, rich, and delicious. #skilletchicken #skilletdinner #chicken #easydinner #familydinner #italian #tuscanchicken

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword artichokes, chicken, chicken dinner, cream sauce, easy dinner, skillet dinner, sun dried tomato
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 300 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 16 oz Chicken Breast, Skinless and Boneless
  • 3 oz Sun Dried Tomatoes in Olive Oil
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 14 oz Artichoke Hearts
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 2 tbsp Flour
  • 1.5 cups Chicken Broth
  • 1/2 cup Half and Half
  • 15 leaves Fresh Basil

Instructions

Prep-Ahead

  1. Cut the Chicken breasts into 2 or 3 medium size pieces, each about 2" x 2". Then season both sides of each chicken piece with salt and pepper.

    Raw chicken pieces for Skillet Artichoke Chicken with sun dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, in cream sauce. #skilletchicken #skilletdinner #chicken #easydinner #familydinner #italian #tuscanchicken
  2. Strain the sun dried tomatoes over a bowl to reserve the flavorful olive oil for cooking later. Then cut the tomatoes into small bite-size pieces. Strain the artichoke hearts and discard the water. Cut them into small bite-size pieces as well.

    straining sun dried tomatoes in olive oil for Skillet Artichoke Chicken with sun dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, in cream sauce. #skilletchicken #skilletdinner #chicken #easydinner #familydinner #italian #tuscanchicken

Cook

  1. Preheat a large skillet. Add a tsp of reserved olive oil from the sun dried tomatoes to the preheated pan and then add the pre-seasoned chicken. Cook for 5 minutes on one side until seared. Then flip and cook on the other side for another 3-4 minutes until seared. Then remove to a plate and set aside.

    Seared chicken in skillet for Artichoke Chicken with sun dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, in cream sauce. #skilletchicken #skilletdinner #chicken #easydinner #familydinner #italian #tuscanchicken
  2. Add another tsp of the olive oil, the sun dried tomatoes, garlic, and artichoke hearts. Cook for a couple minutes stirring so the garlic doesn't burn. Then stir in the flour until completely combined.

    Flour mixed into chopped artichoke hearts and sun dried tomatoes in pan for Skillet Artichoke Chicken with sun dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, in cream sauce. #skilletchicken #skilletdinner #chicken #easydinner #familydinner #italian #tuscanchicken
  3. Stir in the chicken broth and bring to a simmer, stirring until you see the sauce start to thicken.

    Artichoke and sun dried tomatoes sauce in pan for Skillet Artichoke Chicken with sun dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, in cream sauce. #skilletchicken #skilletdinner #chicken #easydinner #familydinner #italian #tuscanchicken
  4. Now it's time to add back the chicken, then cover and simmer on medium low for 10 minutes.

    Chicken added to artichoke and sun dried tomatoes sauce in pan for Skillet Artichoke Chicken with sun dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, in cream sauce. #skilletchicken #skilletdinner #chicken #easydinner #familydinner #italian #tuscanchicken
  5. Finally, remove the cover, stir in the half and half, then add the fresh basil. Serve and Enjoy!

    Skillet Artichoke Chicken with sun dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, in cream sauce. #skilletchicken #skilletdinner #chicken #easydinner #familydinner #italian #tuscanchicken