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.

Zesty Pea Soup

Creamy, sweet, fresh, with a kick...this Zesty Pea Soup with Spring Peas, Jalapeño, and Mint is a delicious new take on Pea Soup recipes! You get the sweet spring flavor of the peas with the cool fresh mint, followed by the peppery kick from jalapeño that leaves a wonderful warmth (not spicy-hot) feel in your mouth.

Gluten Free.  Vegetarian.

It’s creamy, it’s sweet, it’s fresh, and has a kick…it’s Zesty Pea Soup!  This is my new easy Pea Soup recipe that is seriously delicious taking a traditional dish and turning it up with new ingredients and flavors!  What makes it Zesty, you ask?  Well, read on…

My first encounter with Pea Soup was making it in a Catering Cooking Class I took in New York years ago.  It was so simple, fresh, creamy and tasty.  However, since my husband has some crazy aversion to peas, I hadn’t made it for years.  I decided it was time to try it again recently.  But, this time, I wanted to change it up, kick it up, and after looking at the jalapeños and mint in my garden, I decided that would be an interesting combination!  The result?  Zesty Pea Soup 🙂

BTW, I LOVE soup!  Here are some of my other favorite easy soup recipes!

Creamy, sweet, fresh, with a kick...this Zesty Pea Soup with Spring Peas, Jalapeño, and Mint is a delicious new take on Pea Soup recipes! You get the sweet spring flavor of the peas with the cool fresh mint, followed by the peppery kick from jalapeño that leaves a wonderful warmth (not spicy-hot) feel in your mouth.

Just a little kick, not sweat-inducing heat – I promise!

Creamy, sweet, fresh, with a kick...this Zesty Pea Soup with Spring Peas, Jalapeño, and Mint is a delicious new take on Pea Soup recipes! You get the sweet spring flavor of the peas with the cool fresh mint, followed by the peppery kick from jalapeño that leaves a wonderful warmth (not spicy-hot) feel in your mouth.

You might be saying to yourself, ‘what?! jalapeños with my peas??’  But the amount in this recipe is not overwhelming, it will just give you this wonderful secondary warmth in the back of your mouth, not an initial spicy hot kick to the tongue.  You still get the freshness and spring flavor of the peas to start, but then you get that slight spice and warmth that makes you want to go back for more.  The jalapeños are really what perk up and breathe new life into this Pea Soup recipe.

Plus Mint for the Perfect Sweet-Savory Warmth

Creamy, sweet, fresh, with a kick...this Zesty Pea Soup with Spring Peas, Jalapeño, and Mint is a delicious new take on Pea Soup recipes! You get the sweet spring flavor of the peas with the cool fresh mint, followed by the peppery kick from jalapeño that leaves a wonderful warmth (not spicy-hot) feel in your mouth.

With this combination you get the sweet spring flavor of the peas with the cool fresh mint, followed by the peppery kick from the jalapeño that leaves a wonderful warmth (not spicy-hot) feel in your mouth.  Its the ultimate combo of sweet, cool, and hot all blended together for the perfect Zesty Pea Soup.

Creamy, sweet, fresh, with a kick...this Zesty Pea Soup with Spring Peas, Jalapeño, and Mint is a delicious new take on Pea Soup recipes! You get the sweet spring flavor of the peas with the cool fresh mint, followed by the peppery kick from jalapeño that leaves a wonderful warmth (not spicy-hot) feel in your mouth.

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 TO MAKE YOUR ZESTY PEA SOUP COOKING ‘KIT’

You are busy, so these are the steps you can do a day or two in advance to prepare food ahead!  (See the recipe below for more details)

  • TIP: If you worry about getting pieces of slightly crunchy onion in your soup even after it’s blended, USE FROZEN ONIONS!  When they cook, they have more water content from being frozen, so they cook very soft right from the start, but still give you all the flavor.  Just be sure to cook off any excess water in recipes.

Creamy, sweet, fresh, with a kick...this Zesty Pea Soup with Spring Peas, Jalapeño, and Mint is a delicious new take on Pea Soup recipes! You get the sweet spring flavor of the peas with the cool fresh mint, followed by the peppery kick from jalapeño that leaves a wonderful warmth (not spicy-hot) feel in your mouth.

  • You can buy frozen onions, but I like to make my own, because it’s cheaper and so easy.  Simply dice the onion the day before and place it in a freezer bag in the freezer over night.

Creamy, sweet, fresh, with a kick...this Zesty Pea Soup with Spring Peas, Jalapeño, and Mint is a delicious new take on Pea Soup recipes! You get the sweet spring flavor of the peas with the cool fresh mint, followed by the peppery kick from jalapeño that leaves a wonderful warmth (not spicy-hot) feel in your mouth.

  • The only other thing that could be prepped in advance is to finely dice the jalapeño.  You need 2 tablespoons, which I find is about 1 fat 3-inch jalapeño.

TIME TO COOK YOUR ZESTY PEA SOUP:

  • In a medium sauce pan, add a teaspoon of olive oil, then add the frozen peas, frozen onion, and fresh jalapeño. Cook for 8-10 minutes, until the peas and onions are thawed, stirring frequently.

Creamy, sweet, fresh, with a kick...this Zesty Pea Soup with Spring Peas, Jalapeño, and Mint is a delicious new take on Pea Soup recipes! You get the sweet spring flavor of the peas with the cool fresh mint, followed by the peppery kick from jalapeño that leaves a wonderful warmth (not spicy-hot) feel in your mouth.

Creamy, sweet, fresh, with a kick...this Zesty Pea Soup with Spring Peas, Jalapeño, and Mint is a delicious new take on Pea Soup recipes! You get the sweet spring flavor of the peas with the cool fresh mint, followed by the peppery kick from jalapeño that leaves a wonderful warmth (not spicy-hot) feel in your mouth.

  • Warm the vegetable broth up in a sauce pan (it does not need to be brought to a boil, just warmed) and then add it to the peas. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

Creamy, sweet, fresh, with a kick...this Zesty Pea Soup with Spring Peas, Jalapeño, and Mint is a delicious new take on Pea Soup recipes! You get the sweet spring flavor of the peas with the cool fresh mint, followed by the peppery kick from jalapeño that leaves a wonderful warmth (not spicy-hot) feel in your mouth.

  • After cooling a bit, comes the blending!  This is when you will add in the fresh mint.  You can blend to your heart’s desire, so taste as you go to see if you like some texture or want it more smooth.  If you need to do this in batches because it is too much liquid, that’s fine too, just make sure you blend the same ratio of peas to broth so you get the smooth consistency you want each time.

Creamy, sweet, fresh, with a kick...this Zesty Pea Soup with Spring Peas, Jalapeño, and Mint is a delicious new take on Pea Soup recipes! You get the sweet spring flavor of the peas with the cool fresh mint, followed by the peppery kick from jalapeño that leaves a wonderful warmth (not spicy-hot) feel in your mouth.

  • After you blend to the perfect texture and consistency, you will pour the soup back into the sauce pan, then whisk in the Half and Half as well as the corn starch slurry. Bring back to a simmer (do not boil) and cook for 5 minutes stirring to make sure no clumps form as the sauce thickens.

Creamy, sweet, fresh, with a kick...this Zesty Pea Soup with Spring Peas, Jalapeño, and Mint is a delicious new take on Pea Soup recipes! You get the sweet spring flavor of the peas with the cool fresh mint, followed by the peppery kick from jalapeño that leaves a wonderful warmth (not spicy-hot) feel in your mouth.

Creamy, sweet, fresh, with a kick...this Zesty Pea Soup with Spring Peas, Jalapeño, and Mint is a delicious new take on Pea Soup recipes! You get the sweet spring flavor of the peas with the cool fresh mint, followed by the peppery kick from jalapeño that leaves a wonderful warmth (not spicy-hot) feel in your mouth.

Creamy, sweet, fresh, with a kick...this Zesty Pea Soup with Spring Peas, Jalapeño, and Mint is a delicious new take on Pea Soup recipes! You get the sweet spring flavor of the peas with the cool fresh mint, followed by the peppery kick from jalapeño that leaves a wonderful warmth (not spicy-hot) feel in your mouth.

Taste for seasoning and add Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper to taste.

Serve in bowls and garnish with fresh mint and other toppings you love, such as croutons or sour cream.

ENJOY!

😍 Carrie

Creamy, sweet, fresh, with a kick...this Zesty Pea Soup with Spring Peas, Jalapeño, and Mint is a delicious new take on Pea Soup recipes! You get the sweet spring flavor of the peas with the cool fresh mint, followed by the peppery kick from jalapeño that leaves a wonderful warmth (not spicy-hot) feel in your mouth.

Creamy, sweet, fresh, with a kick...this Zesty Pea Soup with Spring Peas, Jalapeño, and Mint is a delicious new take on Pea Soup recipes! You get the sweet spring flavor of the peas with the cool fresh mint, followed by the peppery kick from jalapeño that leaves a wonderful warmth (not spicy-hot) feel in your mouth.
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Zesty Pea Soup

Creamy, sweet, fresh, with a kick...this Zesty Pea Soup with Peas, Jalapeño, and Mint is a delicious new take on the traditional Pea Soup recipe! You get the sweet spring flavor of the peas with the cool fresh mint, followed by the peppery kick from the jalapeño that gives you a wonderful warmth (not spicy hot) feel in your mouth and keeps you coming back for more. They blend together for the perfect Zesty Pea Soup.

Course Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 4 cups Frozen Peas about 2, 10oz packages
  • 1/2 cup Onion, diced and then frozen
  • 2 Tbls Jalapeño, finely chopped, no seeds about 1, fat 3" jalapeño
  • 1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 cups Low Sodium Vegetable Broth
  • 4 Tbls Fresh Mint, gently sliced
  • 2 Tbls Corn Starch
  • 1/4 cup Cold water
  • 1 cup Half and Half
  • Salt, to taste
  • Fresh Ground Pepper, to taste

Instructions

Prep Ahead

  1. Dice the onion and place the onion in a bag in the freezer over night.

    Creamy, sweet, fresh, with a kick...this Zesty Pea Soup with Spring Peas, Jalapeño, and Mint is a delicious new take on Pea Soup recipes! You get the sweet spring flavor of the peas with the cool fresh mint, followed by the peppery kick from jalapeño that leaves a wonderful warmth (not spicy-hot) feel in your mouth.
  2. Seed the jalapeño, then dice it.

    Creamy, sweet, fresh, with a kick...this Zesty Pea Soup with Spring Peas, Jalapeño, and Mint is a delicious new take on Pea Soup recipes! You get the sweet spring flavor of the peas with the cool fresh mint, followed by the peppery kick from jalapeño that leaves a wonderful warmth (not spicy-hot) feel in your mouth.

Make the Pea Soup

  1. In a medium sauce pan, add a tsp olive oil, then add the peas, frozen onion, and jalapeño.  Cook for 8-10 minutes, until the peas and onions are thawed, stirring frequently, 

    Creamy, sweet, fresh, with a kick...this Zesty Pea Soup with Spring Peas, Jalapeño, and Mint is a delicious new take on Pea Soup recipes! You get the sweet spring flavor of the peas with the cool fresh mint, followed by the peppery kick from jalapeño that leaves a wonderful warmth (not spicy-hot) feel in your mouth.
  2. Warm the vegetable broth up in a sauce pan (it does not need to be brought to a boil, just warmed) and then add it to the peas.  Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

    Creamy, sweet, fresh, with a kick...this Zesty Pea Soup with Spring Peas, Jalapeño, and Mint is a delicious new take on Pea Soup recipes! You get the sweet spring flavor of the peas with the cool fresh mint, followed by the peppery kick from jalapeño that leaves a wonderful warmth (not spicy-hot) feel in your mouth.
  3. Move the soup pot off the hot burner and let it cool for about 10 minutes.  Then, transfer the soup to a blender and add the mint.  Blend until completely smooth.

    Creamy, sweet, fresh, with a kick...this Zesty Pea Soup with Spring Peas, Jalapeño, and Mint is a delicious new take on Pea Soup recipes! You get the sweet spring flavor of the peas with the cool fresh mint, followed by the peppery kick from jalapeño that leaves a wonderful warmth (not spicy-hot) feel in your mouth.
  4. Make the slurry by adding the corn starch to the cold water.

    Creamy, sweet, fresh, with a kick...this Zesty Pea Soup with Spring Peas, Jalapeño, and Mint is a delicious new take on Pea Soup recipes! You get the sweet spring flavor of the peas with the cool fresh mint, followed by the peppery kick from jalapeño that leaves a wonderful warmth (not spicy-hot) feel in your mouth.
  5. Pour back into the sauce pan, and whisk in the Half and Half as well as the corn starch slurry.  Bring back to a simmer (do not boil) and cook for 5 minutes stirring to make sure no clumps form.  The sauce will thicken a bit.

    Creamy, sweet, fresh, with a kick...this Zesty Pea Soup with Spring Peas, Jalapeño, and Mint is a delicious new take on Pea Soup recipes! You get the sweet spring flavor of the peas with the cool fresh mint, followed by the peppery kick from jalapeño that leaves a wonderful warmth (not spicy-hot) feel in your mouth.
  6. Taste for seasoning and add Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper to taste.

  7. Serve in bowls and garnish with sour cream or plan yogurt and fresh mint.

    Creamy, sweet, fresh, with a kick...this Zesty Pea Soup with Spring Peas, Jalapeño, and Mint is a delicious new take on Pea Soup recipes! You get the sweet spring flavor of the peas with the cool fresh mint, followed by the peppery kick from jalapeño that leaves a wonderful warmth (not spicy-hot) feel in your mouth.