My healthy cream of mushroom soup has no cream but still tastes just as creamy and yummy as the original. But, this one’s without the calories!
It took me 3 batches of making this cream of mushroom soup, until I got it right, where I could remove the cream ingredient and still feel that the soup had its rich creamy taste at a much reduced calorie and fat content.
In fact, this one became a bit of an obsession. Adding too much potato made it more of a cream of potato soup, adding not enough meant it was too watery!
I finally came up with the right consistency with these quantities below.
I so badly wanted to include it in my lunchtime soups option as the original full fat version cream of mushroom soup has always been one of my favourites.
- Low cal cooking spray
- 1 medium onion diced
- 2 medium potatoes peeled and diced
- 250 g white mushrooms chopped
- 1 L chicken or vegetable stock
- 350 ml skimmed milk
- 1 tbsp corn flour mixed with 2 tbsp. cold water
- Salt and pepper
- Some extra mushrooms left over for garnish
- 1 tbsp chopped parsley
- Spray the bottom of a large saucepan, 5 times, with the low cal cooking spray. Turn on a high heat under the saucepan and wait until the oil bubbles, then turn down to a low heat. You could also use 1 tbsp. olive oil.
- Add the diced onion and soften it, stirring continuously for about 4 – 5 minutes, then add the diced potato and the chopped mushrooms. Stir for a further 3 – 4 minutes.
- Add the stock and simmer together for 20 minutes until the potatoes are soft. Remove from the heat.
- When the soup has cooled, blitz it in a blender / food processor and return to the pan.
- Add the milk, the corn flour, and then stir to thicken. Add more corn flour (mixed in cold water first) if a thicker consistency is required.
- Season to taste and then serve garnished with the mushrooms and parsley.
There’s just so many ways now to make soups “creamier” without unnecessarily adding extra fat and calories to good wholesome food. If you’re looking to start reducing your calorie intake, or watching your weight, I find it’s always good to check what’s actually been added to the food.
Leaving out the cream in this cream of mushroom soup recipe, for me, actually means I can taste the vegetables, rather than just cream!
Let me know what you think yourself by leaving a comment in the comments below. 🙂
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