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Asian Chicken Meatball Soup

This Asian Chicken Meatball Soup recipe is so nourishing and delicious! Loaded up with healthy bok choy, it’s easily made in 30 minutes. Paleo, low-carb, low-calorie and gluten-free.

A delicious brothy Asian-style chicken meatball soup with bok choy. A delicious 30 minute meal. 
This Asian Chicken Meatball Soup recipe is so nourishing and delicious! Loaded up with healthy bok choy, it's easily made in 30 minutes. Paleo, low-carb, low-calorie and gluten-free.

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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!

Side view of a bowl of creamy mushroom soup with a spoon lifting some out of the bowl.

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!

See how we calculate recipe costs here.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 299kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 26g | Sodium: 904mg | Fiber: 1g
Overhead view of a ladle full of creamy mushroom soup held over the soup pot.

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.

Coq Au Vin

Easy & delicious, Coq Au Vin is a French chicken stew braised in a rich red wine sauce with cremini mushrooms, onions, carrots, and herbs.

Easy & delicious, Coq Au Vin is a French chicken stew braised in a red wine sauce with cremini mushrooms, onions, carrots, and herbs.
Easy & delicious, Coq Au Vin is a French chicken stew braised in a rich red wine sauce with cremini mushrooms, onions, carrots, and herbs.

Apple Cranberry Baked Oatmeal

This Cranberry Apple Baked Oatmeal recipe is an easy, warm, and comforting breakfast that is perfect for fall and winter meal prep.

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I have an intense love for cranberries, but you can usually only find them in the supermarket for a few months out of the year. So this year, I bought a couple extra bags and tossed them in the freezer so I could enjoy them for months after the season had ended. Well, that day is today and I used some of my cranberry stash to make this delicious Apple Cranberry Baked Oatmeal. And if you didn’t happen to stash any cranberries last fall, you can sometimes find them in the freezer section year-round. Baked oatmeal is one of my favorite breakfast meal preps because it’s SO easy to make and the leftovers are great. Plus, it’s freezer-friendly!

Close up overhead view of a casserole dish full of cranberry apple baked oatmeal and a wooden spoon scooping some out.

What is Baked Oatmeal?

Baked oatmeal is a lot like bread pudding, but instead of chunks of hearty bread baked into the custard, it’s rolled oats. The end result is a soft, moist, scoopable oatmeal that is not at all gloopy like those instant oatmeal packets. It’s filling, rich, slightly sweet, and one of my absolute favorite ways to enjoy oats.

Ingredients for Apple Cranberry Baked Oatmeal

Baked oatmeal recipes are super simple by nature, and this apple cranberry version is no exception. Here’s all you’ll need to make this baked oatmeal recipe:

  • Applesauce: Unsweetened applesauce keeps the baked oatmeal soft and moist, adds a delicious apple flavor, and provides some natural sweetness to the baked oatmeal so you don’t have to add as much sugar.
  • Eggs: Eggs combine with the milk to create the custard that helps the baked oatmeal bake firm up into a scoopable texture instead of the thick porridge-like texture that you get with stovetop cooked oats.
  • Brown Sugar: A little extra sugar helps balance the tart flavor of the cranberries and makes the baked oats just sweet enough that you feel like you’re having a treat.
  • Vanilla: Vanilla extract helps the oats taste extra rich.
  • Cinnamon: A touch of cinnamon gives the baked oatmeal a warm and cozy flavor.
  • Salt: Salt helps all of the individual flavors of the oatmeal pop.
  • Baking Powder: A small amount of baking powder gives the baked oatmeal loft so it’s not quite so dense.
  • Milk: Milk softens the oats and combines with the egg to create a rich custard.
  • Cranberries: Cranberries give the baked oatmeal a deliciously sweet-tart flavor and gorgeous pink color. We used cranberries that had been previously frozen, but you can use fresh as well.
  • Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats: Oats are the main ingredient, the star of the show. Make sure to get old-fashioned rolled oats instead of quick oats because they have a lot more texture and will keep your baked oatmeal from being too mushy.

Is It Breakfast or Dessert?

Baked oatmeal can be served as either breakfast or dessert! It’s only slightly sweet, so it’s still a balanced breakfast, but it’s delicious enough that I’d happily eat it as a dessert or sweet treat. If you want to make it even more dessert-like, try topping it with a simple streusel before baking. Just combine ¼ cup flour, 2 Tbsp brown sugar, 2 Tbsp white sugar, and 3 Tbsp softened butter until it forms a crumbly mixture that resembles wet sand. Sprinkle that over the baked oatmeal before baking and it turns this baked oatmeal into a decadent dessert!

How to Serve Baked Oatmeal

People always ask if baked oatmeal is supposed to be served hot or cold, and the answer is that it can be enjoyed either way! I love it when it’s still warm out of the oven and topped off with a splash of cold milk. But when I’m eating the leftovers for meal prep, sometimes I eat it cold and sometimes I warm it in the microwave. It’s totally up to you!

Whether you enjoy it hot or cold, I love to add a little milk or half and half to my bowl, or even a scoop of Greek yogurt for extra protein. If you have any walnuts on hand, they would also make a great topper for this Apple Cranberry Baked Oatmeal flavor. Or, if you want it a little sweeter, try topping it with some maple syrup!

How to Store The Leftovers

To store the leftovers of your baked oatmeal for meal prep, divide it into single portions and place them into air-tight food storage containers. They can be refrigerated for up to five days. Or, once cooled in the refrigerator, you can transfer them to the freezer for longer storage (about 3 months). To reheat frozen baked oatmeal either let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight and then microwave until hot, or reheat straight from the freezer using the microwave’s defrost function.

Overhead view of cranberry apple baked oatmeal in a bowl with a golden spoon.
Baked oatmeal being scooped out of the casserole dish with a wooden spoon.
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Apple Cranberry Baked Oatmeal

This Apple Cranberry Baked Oatmeal recipe is an easy, warm, and comforting breakfast that is perfect for fall and winter meal prep.
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Total Cost $3.51 recipe / $0.59 serving
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6
Calories 220kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened apple sauce $0.95
  • 2 large eggs $0.28
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar $0.14
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract $0.30
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon $0.05
  • 1/2 tsp salt $0.02
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder $0.04
  • 1 cup milk* $0.48
  • 1 cup cranberries (frozen or fresh) $0.67
  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats $0.58

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Add the apple sauce, eggs, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder to a large bowl and whisk together until smooth. Add the milk and whisk until smooth again.
  • Slice the cranberries in half (no need to thaw if frozen) and add them to the bowl of wet ingredients along with the rolled oats. Stir until everything is evenly combined.
  • Pour the oat mixture into a 2-quart casserole dish. Bake the oatmeal in the preheated 375ºF oven for 45 minutes, or until the surface is a light golden brown and it is no longer sticky in the center. Serve hot or refrigerate until ready to eat.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 5g | Sodium: 292mg | Fiber: 4g
Overhead view of cranberry apple baked oatmeal in the casserole dish, freshly baked.

How to Make Cranberry Apple Baked Oatmeal – Step by Step Photos

Wet ingredients for the baked oatmeal in a bowl.

Preheat the oven to 375ºF. In a large bowl, whisk together 1.5 cups of unsweetened applesauce, 2 large eggs, ¼ cup brown sugar, ½ teaspoon vanilla, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¾ teaspoon baking powder.

Milk pouring into the side of the bowl with the applesauce mixture.

Once the previous ingredients are evenly combined, add 1 cup of milk and whisk again until evenly combined.

Sliced cranberries and dry oats added to the bowl.

Slice one cup of cranberries in half (if frozen, no need to thaw) and add them to the bowl along with 2 cups of old-fashioned rolled oats. Stir the cranberries and oats into the milk mixture.

Baked oatmeal mixture in the casserole dish before being baked.

Pour the oat mixture into a 9×9-inch (or 2-quart) casserole dish.

Baked oatmeal in the casserole dish after coming out of the oven.

Bake the oatmeal for 45 minutes or until it’s golden brown on top and the center is no longer wet.

Baked oatmeal being scooped out of the casserole dish with a wooden spoon.

Serve the apple cranberry baked oatmeal warm or divide into single portions and refrigerate until ready to eat!

Milk being poured over a bowl of cranberry apple baked oatmeal.

I like to enjoy my Apple Cranberry Baked Oatmeal with cold milk poured over top! 🤤

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