This Dairy-Free Cream of Mushroom Soup was born out of the necessity to make comfort foods that I grew up eating. Dishes like Green Bean Casserole for Thanksgiving or my mom's Shepherd's Pie were just a few of my favorites. Those dishes use canned condensed mushroom soup which is filled with MSG, cornstarch, soy and cream.
I wanted to create a real foods version that didn't include cream. In the first version of this soup I used coconut flour as the thickener. While the taste of the soup was good, I didn't care for the texture. It worked great in my casseroles, but not to eat on it's own. My final and favorite recipe uses a cashew cream to thicken and add richness to the soup. I use a little butter to sauté the mushrooms and shallots but olive oil works well too. Utilizing olive oil will make this soup vegan.
Now I don't want to waste this dairy-free cream of mushroom soup in a casserole where the flavors will be masked. I'd much rather eat a huge steaming bowl of it on it's own! I even had a friend over who follows the Paleo diet and hates mushrooms and she ate two helpings and was literally tilting the bowl to catch any leftovers. I guess that's a good sign!
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