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Vegan Cream of Mushroom Soup

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You will not miss the dairy in this luscious vegan cream of mushroom soup! Made with savory herbs, cremini mushrooms and white wine in a silky coconut milk base, this soup is pure comfort in a bowl.

Bowl of Vegan Cream of Mushroom Soup on a Table with Napkin, Spoons and Water Glass

As a kid who hated meat from an early age, cream of mushroom soup was always my jam.

As an adult, I’m still a big fan of creamy mushroom soups. This vegan mushroom barley soup and this mushroom wild rice soup are two of my favorites. But I’ve yet to recreate that classic cream of mushroom soup I loved so much growing up. Until today!

Coconut-Milk Soup

Ladle Drawing Vegan Cream of Mushroom Soup from a Pot

Coconut milk is my favorite ingredient for making creamy vegan soups these days. Yes, I still love cashews, but coconut milk has the advantage of being ready to go. No soaking or blending required!

But does it make the soup taste like coconut? Nope! At least not as far as I can tell. The savory seasonings disguise the coconut flavor pretty well, so all you’re left with is silky smooth soup that you’d never know was dairy-free.

How to Prep and Cook Mushrooms

Cremini Mushrooms on a White Wooden Surface

The first step to making amazing mushroom soup is properly prepping and cooking your mushrooms. This makes such a big difference! Part of me is convinced that all the mushroom haters in the world just never had mushrooms done right. So listen up!

First, let’s talk cleaning. Don’t immerse your mushrooms in water, and if you can help it, skip rinsing them. Mushrooms are super porous, so they’ll suck up water like crazy. This means when you cook them they’ll get soggy instead of tender and browned, which is what we want. Instead, wipe your mushrooms down with a damp cloth.

When it comes to sautéing mushrooms, there are a few things to keep in mind.

  1. Don’t crowd your mushrooms. You want them in an even layer in your cooking vessel. This often means cooking your mushrooms in batches.
  2. Use plenty of fat. Mushrooms suck up oil when they cook. If you don’t use enough of it your pan will dry out and they can burn.
  3. Leave them be. Don’t stir them around like you might with an onion. In order for mushrooms to brown, they need to sit still in the pan for a few minutes.

How to Make Vegan Cream of Mushroom Soup

Bowl of Vegan Cream of Mushroom Soup on a Table with Water Glass and Dutch Oven in the Background

Start by cooking up those mushrooms. You’ll need a large nonstick cooking surface. If the pot you’re planning on cooking your soup in has this, feel free to use it for the mushrooms. I’m using a cast iron skillet because it’s got a bit more cooking surface than my Dutch oven.

Heat up some olive oil in your cooking vessel and add the mushrooms in an even layer. You’ll probably need to cook the mushrooms in batches in order to avoid crowding the pan.

Side By Side Images Showing Mushrooms at Different Stages of Cooking

Once the mushrooms are done cooking heat up a bit more oil in a large pot. Add an onion and cook it for about 5 minutes, just until it softens up a bit. Now add some garlic and let it cook for a minute or so.

Next, add some white wine. Heat it up, bring it to a boil, and let it simmer until almost all of the liquid has dried up.

Now start sprinkling in some flour. Add just a bit at a time and stir it in to coat the onions. Once you’ve got the onions evenly coated with flour, start whisking in broth, a bit at a time.

Collage Showing Steps 1-4 for Making Vegan Cream of Mushroom Soup: Sweat Onions, Add Wine, Add Flour and Add Broth

When all of the broth has been added you can add your coconut milk, thyme, and mushrooms.

Collage Showing Steps 5-6 For Making Vegan Cream of Mushroom Soup: Add Coconut Milk and Simmer

Bring the mixture to a boil and let it simmer for about 15 minutes. The mushrooms should be very tender and the broth should have thickened up a bit during this time.

Finally, ladle about half of the soup into a food processor or blender and blend it up until smooth and creamy.

Side By Side Images Showing Vegan Cream of Mushroom Soup in a Food Processor Before and After Blending

Grab a spoon!

Table Set with a Bowl of Vegan Cream of Mushroom Soup, Pot, and Water Glass

Vegan Cream of Mushroom Soup Tips & FAQ

  • Does this soup taste like coconut? Not to me, and not to my husband. You might be able to detect some coconut if you’re very sensitive to the taste.
  • Can I substitute another type of non-dairy milk? You could probably get away with any unsweetened and unflavored variety of non-dairy milk, although the soup won’t be quite as rich and creamy as with coconut milk.
  • Is there a substitute for the wine? You can simply leave it out and skip step 10 of recipe if you prefer.
  • If you do use the wine, check with Barnivore to ensure the brand you buy is vegan.
  • Can this soup be made gluten-free? I haven’t tried making a gluten-free version, but my best advice for those seeking to try would be to use cornstarch instead of flour. Simply whisk a few tablespoons into a small cup of ice-cold water. After blending the soup (step 16), return it to the pot, place it back over heat, and bring it back to a simmer. Slowly whisk in the cornstarch mixture. Be sure to add just a bit at a time as the thickening effect can take a minute. Continue adding it until the soup is as thick as you’d like it.

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Bowl of Vegan Cream of Mushroom Soup on a Table with Napkin, Spoons and Water Glass

Vegan Cream of Mushroom Soup

You will not miss the dairy in this luscious vegan cream of mushroom soup! Made with savory herbs, cremini mushrooms and white wine in a silky coconut milk base, this soup is pure comfort in a bowl.

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 40 minutes

Total Time 55 minutes

Servings 4

Calories 527 kcal

Author Alissa Saenz

Ingredients

  • 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 24 ounces fresh cremini mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 (14 ounce) can full fat coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Coat the bottom of a large nonstick skillet with 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

  2. Give the oil a minute to heat up, and then add some of the mushrooms to the skillet. Add only as many as you can fit without crowding, arranging them in an even layer.

  3. Let the mushrooms cook for about 5 minutes, flip them, and cook them for about 5 minutes more, until tender and browned on both sides.

  4. Remove the mushrooms from the skillet and transfer them to a plate.

  5. Cook the remaining mushrooms in batches in the same manner, adding oil to the skillet as needed between batches, using up to 4 tablespoons total.

  6. Coat the bottom of a large pot with the remaining tablespoon of oil and place it over medium heat.

  7. Give the oil a minute to heat up, then add the onion.

  8. Sweat the onion for about 5 minutes, until it becomes soft and translucent.

  9. Add the garlic and continue cooking and stirring for about 1 minute, until very fragrant.

  10. Stir in the wine, raise the heat, and bring it to a boil. Lower the heat and allow the wine to simmer until most of the liquid has cooked off, about 5 minutes.

  11. Begin adding the flour, a bit at a time. Stir the flour in between each addition to form a paste that coats the onions and garlic. Cook everything for about a minute, stirring constantly.

  12. Begin whisking in the broth, a bit at a time, until all of the broth has been added and the flour is blended in.

  13. Stir in the coconut milk, thyme, and mushrooms.

  14. Raise the heat and bring the liquid to a boil. Lower the heat and allow the soup to simmer for about 15 minutes, until the liquid thickens up a bit.

  15. Remove the pot from the heat.

  16. Transfer about half of the soup to a food processor or blender and blend it until smooth. Return it to the pot.

  17. Reheat the soup if needed, then season it with salt and pepper to taste.

  18. Ladle into bowls and serve.

Nutrition Facts

Vegan Cream of Mushroom Soup

Amount Per Serving (1.5 cups)

Calories 527 Calories from Fat 395

% Daily Value*

Fat 43.9g68%

Saturated Fat 25g125%

Sodium 602mg25%

Potassium 1280mg37%

Carbohydrates 22.3g7%

Fiber 4.2g17%

Sugar 8.4g9%

Protein 11.4g23%

Calcium 6mg1%

Iron 20mg111%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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