Miso Pasta

This Miso Pasta recipe is creamy, rich, and full of umami goodness. Topped with sauteed mushrooms, it’s an easy weeknight meal in under 30 minutes, Vegan-adaptable and  gluten-free- adaptable.

This Miso Pasta recipe is creamy, rich, and full of umami goodness. Topped with sauteed mushrooms, it's an easy weeknight meal in under 30 minutes, Vegan-adaptable and  gluten-free- adaptable.
This Miso Pasta recipe is creamy, rich, and full of umami goodness. Topped with sauteed mushrooms, it's an easy weeknight meal in under 30 minutes, Vegan-adaptable and  gluten-free- adaptable.

Thai Baked Chicken and Rice

This delicious oven-baked chicken and rice recipe is bursting with Thai flavor! A quick and easy one-pan meal, your whole family will love!

This delicious oven-baked chicken and rice recipe is bursting with Thai flavor! A quick and easy one-pan meal, your whole family will love!
This delicious oven-baked chicken and rice recipe is bursting with Thai flavor! A quick and easy one-pan meal, your whole family will love!

Ham and Potato Soup

This ham and potato soup is creamy but not too heavy and loaded with fresh veggies and salty ham. It’s perfect for the seasonal transition!

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These hot and cold spring days have me feeling all kinds of confused about what to make for dinner. One day it’s warm and sunny, and the next it feels like winter all over again. But no matter the mood, I feel like soup is always the right answer, and this Ham and Potato Soup is a crowd pleaser. Creamy but not too heavy, and loaded with fresh veggies and salty ham, this soup is perfect for this transitional season!

a ladleful of ham and potato soup suspended over a pot of soup.

What is Ham and Potato Soup?

This rich and creamy soup is made from a base of vegetable broth enriched with milk and butter and stuffed to the brim with fresh veggies, chunky potatoes, and salty ham. It’s real belly-warming food, perfect for taking the chill off!

Ingredients for Ham and Potato Soup

Here’s what you’ll need to make ham and potato soup:

  • Oil: I used olive oil, but a neutral-flavored oil like canola or vegetable oil will also work well.
  • Mirepoix: A base of celery, carrots, and onion builds the flavor of this soup.
  • Potatoes: I used 2 medium potatoes, which came out to be 3 1/2 cups once diced. I prefer to peel my potatoes for this recipe, but you can leave the skins on if you like them!
  • Cooked Ham: You can buy a ham steak or use your leftover ham from our Baked Ham recipe! Vegetarian? No problem. You can leave out the ham and this becomes more of a vegetable chowder and it is delicious!
  • Vegetable Broth: You’ll need 6 cups, or you can dissolve 2 Tbsp of vegetable bouillon in 6 cups of water. You can also use Chicken Broth if that’s what you have on hand!
  • Salted Butter: Adds richness and helps form the roux that thickens the soup.
  • All-Purpose Flour: Combines with the butter to form a roux that thickens the soup.
  • Milk: Adds creaminess to the soup.
  • Salt and Pepper: Enhance the overall flavor of the soup.
  • Parsley: A bit of minced fresh parsley adds some color and freshness to the soup.

What Potatoes Are Best For Soup?

The best potato for any given soup really depends on the texture you’re after.

  • With this soup, I wanted to keep distinct chunks of intact potato, so I went for red potatoes. Other varieties that hold their shape well include new potatoes, baby potatoes, and fingerlings.
  • If you’re looking for your potatoes to soften up a bit more but still mostly hold their shape, Yukon Golds are a great choice for this soup.
  • Starchier potatoes, like Russets, will melt into the soup, making it super thick, but you won’t get the whole potato texture in every bite.

A Note on Salt

You may not need any salt depending on the ham you’re using, so taste often and adjust as you see fit. Between the salted butter, bouillon, and the ham from our Baked Ham recipe, I didn’t have a need for more than a pinch of additional salt.

How Do You Thicken Ham and Potato SOup?

I chose to thicken this soup with what’s known as a “blonde roux.” It’s a mixture of butter and flour that is cooked over medium-low heat until it juuust starts to change color from white to blonde. This deepens the flavor of the soup without overpowering the natural flavor of the other ingredients.

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Ham and Potato Soup

This ham and potato soup is creamy but not too heavy and loaded with fresh veggies and salty ham. It's perfect for the seasonal transition!
Course Dinner, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Total Cost $11.24 recipe / $1.40 serving
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 (1.5 cups each)
Calories 212kcal
Author Jess Rice

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil $0.34
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced $0.20
  • 3 stalks celery, diced $0.30
  • 1 small white onion, diced $1.02
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced (roughly 3½ cups) $1.66
  • 6 cups vegetable broth $0.53
  • 2 cups cooked diced ham $6.38
  • 2 Tbsp salted butter $0.24
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour $0.05
  • 2 cups milk $0.38
  • 2 Tbsp minced fresh parsley $0.08
  • 1 tsp freshly cracked black pepper $0.05
  • Salt, to taste $0.01

Instructions

  • In the stock pot, add 2 Tbsp olive oil on medium heat. Add the carrots, celery, and onion and cook down until slightly softened and the onions are nice and glossy, about 5 minutes.
  • Add potatoes, vegetable broth, and ham in the stockpot. Bring the pot to a boil. Once boiling, turn the heat down to medium and let the potatoes simmer for about 15 minutes, or until they are tender. Stir in the pepper.
  • Melt the butter in a separate medium-size saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk in the all-purpose flour until smooth. Cook for about 1 minute. (Note: this is a “blonde roux” so you don’t want the flour to toast too much!) Whisk in milk and cook for about 4 minutes until thick and warm.
  • Pour milk/roux mixture into the stockpot with ham soup and whisk to combine. Cook until all vegetables reach desired tenderness and soup thickens to your liking, another 10 minutes should do it. Add the parsley, additional salt and pepper if needed and enjoy!

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Notes

This makes 12 cups of soup, but we found 1 1/2 cups to be perfect for a meal, so if that’s your serving size, you can serve 8 people.

Nutrition

Serving: 1bowl | Calories: 212kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 11g | Sodium: 1109mg | Fiber: 2g
overhead view of ham and potato soup in a white dutch oven.

how to make Ham and Potato Soup – step by step photos

chopped celery, carrots, and onions in s white dutch oven.

In your stock pot, add 2 Tbsp olive oil on medium heat. Add 2 peeled and diced carrots, 3 diced stalks celery, and 1 diced small white onion and cook down until slightly softened and the onions are nice and glossy, about 5 minutes.

broth poured over mirepoix, potatoes, and ham in a dutch oven.

Add 2 peeled and diced potatoes, 6 cups vegetable broth, and 2 cups diced cooked ham in the stockpot. Bring to a boil; simmer over medium heat until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes. Stir in your 1 tsp black pepper.

milk poured over butter and flour paste in a frying pan with a whisk.

Melt 2 Tbsp salted butter in a separate medium-size saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk in 1/4 cup all-purpose flour until smooth. Cook for about 1 minute. (Note: this is a “blonde roux” so you don’t want the flour to toast too much!) Whisk in 2 cups milk and cook for about 4 minutes until thick and warm.

ham and potato soup in a dutch oven.

Pour milk/roux mixture into the stockpot with ham soup and whisk to combine. Cook until all vegetables reach desired tenderness and soup thickens to your liking, another 10 minutes should do it. Add parsley, additional salt, and pepper if needed and enjoy!

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This creamy ham and potato soup is perfect for the changing seasons!

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Baked Ham

This Baked Ham is sweet, savory, and juicy– the perfect holiday meal. The glaze makes the outside nice and crisp but still tender.

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When the holidays roll around (Hello, Easter!), there’s nothing my family craves more than a sweet and savory baked ham. I know what you’re thinking, ham is expensive. But this baked ham recipe is proof that a typically expensive meat can be budget-friendly. By using a boneless ham, we don’t waste a single dollar on bones, and it comfortably feeds 11 people. That’s a lot of ham! The texture of this ham is perfectly juicy with a great chew to it. The glaze makes the outside nice and crisp but still tender. There’s nothing quite like a beloved holiday tradition!

slicing a baked ham on a white plate with pineapple rings.

Why Make Baked Ham?

While Easter traditionally calls for lamb, ham has become the dominant centerpiece because it’s much less expensive and more readily available, both things we love here at Budget Bytes. This baked ham recipe is a true superstar. Salty, savory ham coated in a sweet and tangy glaze made from brown sugar and pineapple juice is just so good. The glaze is super sticky, extra sweet, and gives a beautiful color to your ham. Adding the pineapple juice to the glaze recipe really makes this glaze shine (literally and figuratively!)

Ingredients for Pineapple Ham

Here’s what you’ll need to make baked ham:

  • Smoked Ham: We tested a bone-in ham and a boneless ham. Because hams are priced by weight, we found the boneless hams to be cheapest and offered in smaller quantities. We ended up going with a 5.5lb. ham for this recipe.
  • Sliced Pineapple: The pineapple helps keep the ham moist during cooking. Did you know pineapple also contains natural acidic enzymes that help tenderize any meat you cook with it?
  • Water: Helps steam heat your ham and keep it moist. The amount varies based on the size of your roasting pan. You will want 1/2 inch of liquid in the bottom of the pan to ensure your ham is nice and juicy.
  • Spices: Salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and pumpkin pie spice create a beautiful blend of sweet and savory flavors.
  • Brown Sugar: Adds depth of flavor, a beautiful color and sweetness to the glaze.
  • Dijon Mustard: Adds balancing bitter notes, earthiness and tanginess to the glaze.

Do you bake a ham covered or uncovered?

We found that it’s best to bake this ham tented with foil to seal in moisture. Without the foil, the ham tends to dry out and turn tough. Remove the foil in the last 10 or so minutes of baking to reduce and brown the glaze.

Tips

  • Most hams sold in the U.S. are fully cooked but require several hours of heating in the oven. So, you can pop it in the oven and then focus on the rest of your side dishes!
  • If you do not need this much meat or your budget is stretched because of the cost of the ham, hunt for a smaller ham. Sometimes if you go to the deli counter, they can help you. Hams are sold by weight, so if you plan on 1/2 – 1/3 pound per person, that will help you choose which size ham your family needs!
  • I know the thought of “pumpkin spice ham” may sound strange, but pumpkin pie spice is a blend of cinnamon, cloves, allspice, ginger, nutmeg, and black pepper… all perfect flavors to compliment a juicy, sweet-but-savory ham!
  • I only filled the bottom of our roasting dish with 1/2 inch of water. A lot of recipes call for 1 inch, but the drippings are great for basting or using as a gravy and we found them to be too diluted if we did the 1 inch of water.
  • The pineapples slid off to the side after the glazing at the end, but they did their job keeping the ham moist and tender. The glazing at the end of cooking will make your ham nice and shiny on the outside, so don’t worry about taking your ham in and out of the oven to baste it (unless you want to, certainly won’t hurt it!) You can always opt to just keep it tented and baste at the end.

What to Serve with Baked Ham

This tasty baked ham is truly the star of the show, so we recommend serving it with simple roasted carrots and steamed green beans.

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Baked Ham

This Baked Ham is sweet, savory, and juicy– the perfect holiday meal. The glaze makes the outside nice and golden but still tender.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Total Cost $24.09 recipe / $2.19 serving
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 11 (about 1/2 lb. each)
Calories 449kcal
Author Jess Rice

Equipment

  • 9×13 roasting pan – You can use whatever size roasting pan the ham will comfortably fit in with room for the added water and drippings that run off.

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Gather all glaze ingredients and preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In a saucepan, whisk together pineapple juice (one 15oz can yields about 1 cup of juice), brown sugar, dijon mustard, garlic powder, salt, pepper, onion powder, and pumpkin pie spice.
  • Cook the glaze down over medium heat until it is reduced by half.
  • Place the ham cut side down in the roasting pan of your choosing.
  • Brush the ham with half the glaze mixture and cover it with slices of canned pineapple. Add 1/2 inch of water to the bottom of the roasting pan.
  • Make a tinfoil tent to cover the entire ham. Place the tinfoil over the ham and bake for 20 minutes per pound of meat, or until the internal temperature reaches 145°F. Baste the ham periodically, using a baster or a large spoon.
  • Once the ham reaches 145°F, remove the tinfoil tent and baste. Then, brush the ham with all remaining glaze.

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Nutrition

Serving: 0.5lb | Calories: 449kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 17g | Sodium: 2853mg | Fiber: 1g
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how to make Baked Ham – step by step photos

ham glaze ingredients in bowls.

Gather all glaze ingredients and preheat oven to 350°F.

ham glaze in a saucepan with a whisk.

Whisk together pineapple juice (one 15 oz. can yields about 1 cup of juice), 1 cup brown sugar, 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp pepper, 1 tsp onion powder, and 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice. Cook the glaze down over medium heat until it is reduced by half.

pineapple rings on top of a glazed ham in a baking dish.

Place 5.5 lb. boneless smoked ham cut side down in the roasting pan of your choosing. Pour 1/2 inch of water into the bottom of the roasting pan. Brush the ham with half of the glaze mixture and cover it with slices of canned pineapple. Then, make a tinfoil tent to cover the entire ham. You want to cook the ham for approximately 20 minutes per pound, or until the internal temperature reaches 145°F. Baste the ham periodically, using a standard baster or a large spoon.

brushing glaze over a baked ham in a white baking dish with pineapple rings.

Once the ham reaches an internal temperature of 145°F, remove the tinfoil tent and baste the ham with pan drippings and brush the ham with all remaining glaze.

baked ham in a white baking dish surrounded by pineapple rings.

When your ham is done, it should have an internal temperature of 145°F.

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This delicious baked ham will be the star of your holiday table!

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Irish Lamb Stew

This Irish Stew recipe is incredibly delicious! Made with tender lamb (or beef), baby potatoes, carrots, peas, cipollini onions, and fresh herbs.

This Irish Lamb Stew recipe is incredibly easy and delicious! Made with tender lamb (or beef), baby potatoes, carrots, peas, cipollini onions, and fresh herbs with only 30 minutes of hands-on time.
This Irish Stew recipe is incredibly delicious! Made with tender lamb (or beef), baby potatoes, carrots, peas, cipollini onions, and fresh herbs.

Glazed Carrots

Five ingredients and 20 minutes is all you need to make these easy & delicious Glazed Carrots. Perfect for busy weeknights or holiday meals!

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Easy and inexpensive side dishes like these Glazed Carrots are my go-to during busy weeknights. They’re super simple to make, they have the perfect amount of sweetness, and they pair well with so many different meals. They’re not only great for weeknight dinners, but they’re also perfect for special occasions and holidays like Easter and Thanksgiving. This recipe is a favorite in my household, and the best part is…five ingredients and 20 minutes is all you need!

Overhead view of glazed carrots in a white serving dish.

Ingredients For Glazed Carrots

Coming in at under $2 a recipe with only five ingredients, it doesn’t get much easier than these delicious Glazed Carrots! Here’s everything you’ll need:

  • Carrots: We used whole carrots for this recipe. Look for carrots that are fairly even in length and girth so they’ll cook more evenly. You can either scrub or peel the carrots, however I prefer to peel them. 
  • Butter: Butter adds a rich flavor to the carrots and combines with the brown sugar to help make the delicious glaze.
  • Brown Sugar: Brown sugar adds the perfect amount of sweetness to the glaze. We used dark brown sugar for a deeper molasses flavor, but feel free to use light brown sugar if that’s what you have on hand.
  • Cinnamon: I love adding a little bit of ground cinnamon to enhance the overall flavor of the dish.
  • Salt: Salt to season the carrots and balance the sweetness of the glaze.

To serve, we also added a little bit of fresh cracked black pepper and fresh parsley (optional).

Recipe Variations

We went with the classic brown sugar glazed carrots for this recipe, but you can certainly switch things up and experiment with flavors based on what you have in your pantry or spice drawer. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Savory Carrots: If you’re looking for more savory carrots, skip the brown sugar and instead season with just salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  • Sweet & Tangy: If you really want to switch things up, try our Roasted Carrots with Honey Balsamic Glaze! They’re sweet, tangy, and rich, all at the same time.
  • Fresh Herbs: Adding fresh herbs like parsley, thyme, or dill adds a pop of color and more flavor to the dish.
  • Honey or Maple Syrup: Brown sugar is inexpensive and a lot more budget-friendly, but feel free to substitute the sugar with honey or maple syrup. Both taste equally delicious!

What to Serve With Glazed Carrots

These glazed carrots are extremely versatile and can be enjoyed with just about any dinner meal. I love serving them with Pan-Seared Chicken Breasts and Baked Chicken Drumsticks. They also taste great with pork chops, Classic Meatloaf, or Glazed Ham Steaks. If you’re serving these during the holidays for Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas, they would be perfect along side Baked Ham or Roasted Turkey Breast.

Side close up view of glazed carrots in a serving dish and garnished with parsley.

And if you love carrot recipes, then definitely try our classic Roasted Carrots recipe next!

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Glazed Carrots

Five ingredients and 20 minutes is all you need to make these easy & delicious Glazed Carrots. Perfect for busy weeknights or holiday meals!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Total Cost $1.92 recipe / $0.48 serving
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 120kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. whole carrots $1.50
  • 1/2 cup water $0.00
  • 2 Tbsp butter $0.27
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar $0.08
  • 1/2 tsp salt $0.02
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon $0.05

Instructions

  • Wash, peel, and slice the carrots diagonally into ½ inch thick slices.
  • Add the carrots to a large skillet along with the water. Cover with a lid and cook over medium heat for 5-6 minutes or just until the carrots start to soften.
  • Remove the lid and add the butter, brown sugar, salt and ground cinnamon. Stir until the butter and brown sugar have melted. Leave the lid off and continue cooking the carrots for 7-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid has evaporated and a glaze starts to form.
  • Once the carrots are tender to your liking, remove the skillet from the heat and season with freshly ground black pepper and fresh chopped parsley (optional).

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Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 120kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Sodium: 417mg | Fiber: 3g
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How to Make Glazed Carrots – Step by Step Photos

Carrots being cut on a cutting board.

Wash, peel, and slice 1 lb. of carrots diagonally into ½ inch thick slices.

Carrots added to a sauté pan with water.

Add the carrots to a large skillet along with 1/2 cup of water. Cover the skillet with a lid and cook over medium heat for 5-6 minutes or just until the carrots start to soften.

Carrots in a sauté pan with butter, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon added.

Remove the lid and add 2 Tbsp butter, 2 Tbsp brown sugar, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon. Stir until the butter and brown sugar have melted.

Overhead view of cooked glazed carrots in a sauté pan.

Leave the lid off and continue cooking the carrots for 7-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid has evaporated and a glaze starts to form.

Overhead view of glazed carrots in a sauté pan garnished with chopped parsley.

Once the carrots are tender to your liking, remove the skillet from the heat and season with freshly ground black pepper and fresh chopped parsley (optional). Now all that’s left to do is enjoy these delicious glazed carrots with your favorite dinner meal!

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Creamy Mushroom Soup

This deliciously rich and creamy Mushroom soup is quick, easy, and perfect for cold winter nights or to pack in a thermos for an easy lunch!

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I’m all about the creamy soups during the cold winter months, and this incredibly creamy Mushroom Soup is one of the best. This mushroom soup recipe is so easy to make and is as cozy as it gets. You’ll want to serve this soup with some crusty bread or crackers to soak up every drop of that savory creamy broth because it is just to die for. And the best part? Because this mushroom soup is so simple and uncomplicated, it’s also very inexpensive, even when the cost of mushrooms is on the higher side!

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Ingredients for Mushroom Soup

I love this Creamy Mushroom Soup for its simplicity. It’s just sautéed mushrooms, a creamy broth, and a few simple seasonings. Here’s what you’ll need to make this mushroom soup:

  • Mushrooms: I highly suggest using baby bella mushrooms for this soup because they have a nice deep color and rich flavor. White button mushrooms will not add as much color or flavor to the soup. You could also chop up some larger portobello mushroom caps to use in place of the Baby Bellas.
  • Olive Oil: Olive oil is used to sauté the mushrooms so they get a nice deep brown color, which adds both flavor and color to the soup.
  • Garlic: Garlic adds depth to the flavor and Pairs just perfectly with the flavor of the mushrooms.
  • Butter: Butter adds richness to the soup and combines with the flour to create a roux, which thickens the broth.
  • Flour: All-purpose flour combines with the butter to create a roux, which thickens the broth. Without the flour, the broth will be very thin.
  • Vegetable Broth: Vegetable broth is the base for this soup and it provides complexity to the flavor, as well as a nice brown color. You can use mushroom broth instead if you have it.
  • Heavy Cream: Heavy cream adds a deliciously rich and creamy flavor to the soup.
  • Seasonings: This mushroom soup is seasoned simply with salt, pepper, thyme, and soy sauce. The soy sauce adds a wonderfully earthy umami flavor that enhances the mushrooms.

What Else Can I Add?

If you want to put your own spin on this mushroom soup recipe, here are a few other ingredients you can add:

  • Paprika: Add sweet paprika to make it closer to a Hungarian Mushroom Soup.
  • Onion: If you want even more savory vegetable flavor, sauté a finely diced onion with the mushrooms.
  • Sour Cream: To make the soup even richer and to add a slight tang, stir a few dollops of sour cream into the broth at the end.
  • Homemade Croutons: Top your soup with homemade croutons for a delicious garlicky crunch!

Make it Vegan

It’s very easy to convert this recipe to a vegan mushroom soup. Simply use coconut oil in place of the butter to make the roux, and then use full-fat coconut milk in place of the heavy cream. Coconut milk tastes really good in savory recipes like this and actually pairs very well with mushrooms! Check out our Vegan Creamy Mushroom Ramen for another example of these flavors together.

What to Serve with mushroom Soup

The broth in this soup is extremely rich and creamy and you’re going to want to sop up every drop, so I highly suggest serving it with some crusty bread like our No-Knead Bread, Focaccia Rolls, or Soda Bread. Or, if you don’t want to make homemade bread, at least make sure you have some crackers on hand!

I’d also suggest adding some vegetables on the side to lighten things up, and I’d go for a wintery roasted vegetable like Roasted Brussels Sprouts or our Roasted Cauliflower Salad.

How to Make Mushroom Soup Taste Better

Using really good, full-flavored broth is key to making mushroom soup taste its best. We suggest using Better Than Bouillon to make the broth used in this soup because it has tons of flavor, is budget-friendly, and reduces waste compared to boxed and canned broths. We used their vegetable-flavored bouillon, but you could certainly use their mushroom flavor if you have it.

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Creamy Mushroom Soup

This deliciously rich and creamy Mushroom soup is quick, easy, and perfect for cold winter nights or to pack in a thermos for an easy lunch!
Course Dinner, Lunch, Soup
Cuisine American
Total Cost $6.82 recipe / $1.71 serving
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 (1 cup each)
Calories 299kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. baby bella mushrooms $4.59
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced $0.24
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil $0.16
  • 1 pinch salt & pepper $0.05
  • 4 Tbsp butter $0.47
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour $0.04
  • 3 cups vegetable broth $0.51
  • 1 tsp soy sauce $0.02
  • 1/8 tsp dried thyme $0.02
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream $0.75

Instructions

  • Wash the mushrooms to remove any dirt or debris. Slice the mushrooms and mince the garlic.
  • Add the olive oil, mushrooms, and a pinch of salt and pepper to a soup pot. Sauté the mushrooms over medium heat until they have released all of their moisture, all the liquid has evaporated from the bottom of the pot, and the mushrooms become very dark brown. Add the minced garlic and continue to sauté for one minute more.
  • Add the butter and flour to the pot. Stir and cook for about two minutes more, or until the butter coats the bottom of the pot and turns deep golden brown.
  • Once the flour mixture is a bit browned, add the vegetable broth, soy sauce, and thyme. Stir to dissolve all of the flour from the bottom of the pot. Allow the liquid to come up to a simmer, at which point the flour will slightly thicken the broth.
  • Finally, stir the cream into the soup. Give the soup a taste and adjust the salt or pepper to your liking. Serve with crusty bread and enjoy!

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Nutrition

Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 299kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 26g | Sodium: 904mg | Fiber: 1g
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How to Make Creamy Mushroom Soup – Step by Step Photos

Sliced mushrooms on a cutting board.

Begin by rinsing and slicing one pound of baby Bella mushrooms.

Sautéed mushrooms in a soup pot.

Add the mushrooms to a soup pot with 1 Tbsp olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Sauté the mushrooms over medium heat until they release all of their water, the water evaporates, and the mushrooms begin to brown. Add three cloves of minced garlic and sauté for about one minute more.

Flour and butter added to the soup pot with the mushrooms.

Add 3 Tbsp of salted butter and 4 Tbsp all-purpose flour to the pot. Continue to stir and cook over medium heat, allowing the butter to melt and create a paste with the flour that coats the mushrooms.

Browned roux showing on the bottom of the pot under the mushrooms.

The butter and flour will begin to coat the bottom of the pot. When it becomes medium brown, it’s time to add the liquid to the pot.

Vegetable broth being poured into the soup pot.

Add three cups of vegetable broth, ⅛ tsp thyme, and 1 tsp soy sauce to the soup pot and stir to dissolve all of the browned bits off the bottom of the pot. Allow the broth to come up to a boil, at which point it will thicken slightly from the flour and butter roux.

Heavy cream being poured into the soup.

Once the soup has reached a boil, turn the heat down to medium-low and add ½ cup heavy cream. Allow the soup to heat through and begin to simmer gently.

Finished soup being stirred.

Taste the soup and adjust the salt or other seasonings if desired. The soup may need additional salt depending on the salt content of the broth used. We used Better Than Bouillon, which tends to be on the salty side, so we did not need any additional salt.

Overhead view of two bowls of mushroom soup garnished with parsley.

Serve the creamy mushroom soup with your favorite crusty bread and enjoy!

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Korean Tofu Rice Bowls

Punchy and flavorful, these Korean Tofu Rice Bowls are made with crispy gochujang tofu, jasmine rice, spicy cucumber salad, and fermented kimchi. Vegan and Gluten Free.

Crispy Korean Tofu Rice Bowls are made with crispy gochujang tofu, jasmine rice, spicy cucumber salad and kimchi. Easy and full of flavor! Vegan and gluten-free.
Punchy and flavorful, these Korean Tofu Rice Bowls are made with crispy gochujang tofu, jasmine rice, spicy cucumber salad, and fermented kimchi. Vegan and Gluten Free.

Red Lentil Soup

This simple delicious Red Lentil Soup recipe will soon become your new favorite! Highly adaptable, with simple, wholesome ingredients, it is fast and easy. Vegan and Gluten-free.

This simple delicious Red Lentil Soup recipe will soon become your new favorite! Easy to make, with simple, wholesome ingredients, in very little time! Vegan and Gluten-free.
This simple delicious Red Lentil Soup recipe will soon become your new favorite! Highly adaptable, with simple, wholesome ingredients, it is fast and easy. Vegan and Gluten-free.