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Creamy Bacon Mushroom Soup

I’ve always enjoyed cooking and recently created this rich soup. It’s always a hit. You can also garnish it with chopped green onion tops or shredded Swiss cheese. For a creamier, smoother consistency, try pouring the soup through a strainer. —Nathan Mercer Inman, South Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings (2 quarts)


  • 10 bacon strips, diced
  • 1 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 quart heavy whipping cream
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 1-1/4 cups shredded Swiss cheese
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons cold water


  • In a large saucepan, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels; drain, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings. In the drippings, saute mushrooms and onion until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in cream and broth. Gradually stir in cheese until melted.
  • In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch, salt, pepper and water until smooth. Stir into soup. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Garnish with bacon.

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  • chall0915
    Nov 1, 2016

    I just made this after I got home from work. The prepping takes the most of the time to prepare this, but it is soo worth it. I used Oscar Mayer Maple Bacon, generic cream, but name-brand chicken broth. I did not have corn starch, so I subbed in some all purpose flour. It became thick and creamy, and yummy. I usually say that the best mushroom soup I have ever eaten was at a New England restaurant called Not Your Average Joes. Now I say, this recipe is even better. - C Hall, Millville, MA

  • KitchenQueen60
    Nov 4, 2015

    I've made this soup many times and it is always a hit. I did make a few changes to the original recipe though. I used half and half instead of heavy cream, believe me it's still very rich. I also added about 4 oz. of fresh chopped spinach near the end of cooking , just enough to wilt it. Yummy!

  • herbgiddings
    Feb 25, 2014

    If you are looking for the best bacon mushroom soup look for further have found it

  • krystaljoy
    Jan 29, 2010

    My husband and I loved this soup, our young children did not.

  • jpopik
    Dec 28, 2008

    This is one of my favorite recipes from this magazine! Very Delicious!

  • Kate147258
    Oct 1, 2008

    We really liked this savoury mushroom dish. It has such a nice smell!You may also garnish it with some canned green pease. Thanks!