Mushroom soup

Mushrooms are top on the list of divisive foods in our household and the battle lines are very clearly drawn. The little man and I can have mushrooms intravenously whereas the better half would much rather be clubbed on the head than have to eat these fungi.

I was delighted when the six year old asked for mushroom soup for dinner and ‘with some pieces left in’, please.

So here’s the dairy free version of mushroom soup I make. It has only a handful of ingredients and takes less than 30 minutes to get to the table.

You can leave out the butter if you prefer a vegan version.


250 grams mushrooms, chopped

2 large shallots, finely chopped

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 tablespoon olive oil (I used one infused with rosemary and garlic)

1 tablespoon butter

1 hearty tablespoon, chopped garlic

salt to taste

750 mls water

Mushroom soup


  1. Heat the olive oil and saute the garlic for a couple of minutes. Then add the shallots and saute till lightly caramelised.
  2. Add the butter and then the chopped mushrooms. Saute for 5-7 minutes.
  3. Add the pepper and salt. Add the water and simmer for about 10-12 minutes.
  4. Reserve 1/2 a cup of the broth along with the mushrooms and onions. Blitz the rest in a blender.
  5. Pour the blended soup back into the pot with the reserved mushroom and onion pieces. Mix well.
  6. Ladle into soup dishes and serve hot.
  7. For a pop of colour, I serve with some avo toast on the side.


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