Garlic Mushroom Soup

Garlic Mushroom Soup | Playful Cooking

Happy New Year friend! If you follow my Instagram stories or read my last blog post, you know that we recently moved back to California. Hence, the long break. We arrived here on 1st of December. In my last post, I had mentioned about our worries for 22 hours of long flight with a toddler. Guess what! To our biggest surprise, the little guy was a complete sport. He was not fussy, slept properly, didn’t eat a lot but was happy. He actually enjoyed the journey and made it just so easy for us.

Garlic Mushroom Soup | Playful Cooking

Garlic Mushroom Soup | Playful Cooking

It took us more than a week to come out of jetlag. I guess exhaustion and stress has a lot to do with it. Since we didn’t ship anything from India, December was mostly about shopping. It’s not easy, especially when you have to buy everything starting from a spoon. Avyan, however, loved the idea of going out every day and later assembling furniture along with his Dad.

Now, finally after a month and half, we are mostly settled with all the basic necessities. And I am ready to get back to trying new recipes, photographing food and blogging.

Garlic Mushroom Soup | Playful Cooking

Garlic Mushroom Soup | Playful Cooking

Last week, I bought some fabric and decided to go with that as the backdrop until I get wooden boards and paint. Photographing the food straight on the fabric was a little challenging as I love the rustic wood backdrops but my mojo was high and I wanted to give it a try. So, I made our favorite mushroom soup. It’s earthy, warms you inside out and so very soul satisfying. I overloaded it with the flavor of garlic and then drizzled a hint of shortcut herb oil, for that extra oomph!

Garlic Mushroom Soup | Playful Cooking

Garlic Mushroom Soup

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: Serves 2

Garlic Mushroom Soup


    for the herb oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro/ parsley
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • pinch of salt
  • for the soup
  • 1 lb mushroom (I used a mix of shitake and button), thinly sliced
  • 1 small white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 inch ginger, grated
  • 7 garlic cloves, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • ¼ cup cream (optional)
  • pinch of salt


  • for the herb oil
  • The typical herb oil takes a lot of time as you need to allow it to infuse for at least a night. I just went with a very short cut method of whisking oil with the herb and salt and allowed it to stand until I was ready to drizzle.
  • for the soup
  • In a deep saucepan, add butter and oil. Once it starts to melt, bring the heat to medium and add garlic and couple of mushroom slices. When garlic and mushroom start to change color to golden brown, carefully take out a few slices of garlic and mushroom to be used later for garnish.
  • Drop the onion and rest of the mushroom in the saucepan and give it a stir. Sprinkle salt, ginger and allow it to cook for a couple of minutes.
  • Then, add the all-purpose flour and cook for one more minute.
  • Pour the broth into the saucepan and give it a stir. Crank up the heat to high. Once it starts to boil, bring the heat down to medium and allow it to simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Once the mushroom softens, switch off the heat and blend the soup to a creamy consistency. Check for salt and add any, if required.
  • If you want to add cream to the soup, you can do it now.
  • Garnish the soup with a few slices of mushroom, garlic and a generous amount of the herb oil drizzled on top.
  • Serve warm.

Garlic Mushroom Soup | Playful Cooking

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Now I want to rush to the supermarket and get some mushrooms to make this delicious and tempting soup!

Rosa says:

A lovely soup. Flavourful and comforting. I love garlic and mushrooms…



Good to see you back with a beautiful and comforting soup! The pictures are great even when taken with fabric background :).

appu says:

Hey there ! Long time. Been missing your posts. All the best. Hope the shift brings you great happiness!

Whereabouts in cali?

love appu

Edlyn says:

You’ve done a fabulous job with this dish. Insincerely think you can do no wrong with photos. You are so talented and you can make simple things look so stunning. I love this.

¡Absolutely delicious! And absolutely gorgeous pictures

Spandana says:

Such gorgeous pictures, Soup looks so delicious!

Great, these foods are looking so delicious and yummy. stunning photos you shared of these foods.

Welcome back. Glad to see your post once again. With a toddler shifting and settling down in another city is really a hectic task. Looking forward to more regular posts now

Bhumika says:

It’s not easy to move places and start from scratch. Kudos to you for doing such a fabulous job! Will definitely try this soup.