Friday, 17 May 2013

Mushroom and French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup and Mushroom Soup has to be two of my favourite soups in the world. While I was thinking of what to cook for Little Thumb Up's mushroom month, I thought it would be great to combine the these two into one delicious soup, so that I can have the best of both worlds in one bowl.  

The sweetness of the soup comes from the caramelised onions which was patiently sauteed on the stove for nearly 40 minutes till it turns a beautiful golden shade. The sauteed mushrooms, broth and white wine are then added, and these are stewed over a low flame into a thick-ish broth for another hour so as to bring out the richness of the ingredients. This is not one of those soups which can made in a hurry but certainly well worth the wait.  

This soup isn't complete without a serving of crusty bread and cheese which are toasted in the oven - so you get crispy toast with melted cheese, which is eaten soaked into the soup. The combination of soup and bread makes a wonderfully, hearty first course to a full meal or perhaps a light lunch. Totally delicious and healthy!

Mushroom and French Onion Soup (Serves 2)
Recipe by Mich @ Piece of Cake

  • 200 g of mixed mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 pieces of garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 medium white onions, sliced or diced
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • A few sprigs of rosemary or thyme
  • 1/2 cup of white wine
  • 5 cups of stock (beef, chicken or vegetable - I used home made vegetable stock)
  • Salt to taste
To serve:
  • 4 slices of home-made crusty bread (Or store-bought if you don't make bread) 
  • Cheese
  • Parsley 
  • Heat up 1 tbsp of olive oil in a large pot. Stir fry the onions till its soft, brown and caramelised, about 30 to 40 mins. Set aside.
  • In another pan, heat up the other 1 tbsp of olive oil. Heat up the garlic and stir fry the mushrooms till soft and fragrant, about 5 mins.
  • Pour the mushrooms into the pot with the cooked onions. Put in the 1/2 cup of wine, 5 cups of stock, rosemary/thyme and bay leaves. 
  • Boil till the liquid is reduced and slightly thickened, about 45 mins to 1 hour.
  • Toast the bread with shredded cheese in the oven till cheese melts.
  • Garnish the soup with parsley and serve with the toast. 
I'm linking this post to Little Thumbs Up event, organized by Zoe from Bake For Happy Kids and Doreen for my little favourite D.I.Y., and hosted by Joyce, kitchen flavours.

This is for Made with Love Mondays by Javelin Warrior.


  1. What a good idea. The soup looks so rich and tasty. Great pics.

  2. This is simply gorgeous! Can I come over to join you for this lovely meal? Looks so delicious! Have always wanted to make my own onion soup, and adding in mushroom is a perfect delicious idea!
    Thank you for linking to LTU!
    Hope you have a great weekend!

  3. Even though the weather is getting warmer in HK, I could quite happily dive into a bowl of this delicious soup!

  4. hhhmmm yum! but I guess i'll be the only one enjoying this soup at home :(
    will just enjoying yours and licking my screen hahahaha...

  5. Mich,
    I love onion and mushroom.
    This soup of your looks hearty and warm.
    I would like to have a bowl now..:p

    Thanks for sharing this in LTU.

  6. Love the combo in this French classic. Yum!

  7. Oh, I like you soup, sound so delicious!

  8. These are beautiful photographs! This looks fantastic! please share at Foodtastic Friday!

  9. What a hearty and delicious soup ! Love mushroom soup but I haven't tried making it yet :P

  10. Your soup looks so delicious and I love French onion soup and have been thinking to make this too.

  11. Oh this looks so good. I would love a hot bowl of this!

  12. Our favorite soup!! Love that you added the mushrooms... Makes it more hearty!!

  13. What beautiful photographs and such a comforting looking soup. Looks amazing!

  14. YUM, I love French onion soup and the mushrooms make it even more special. Simpy delicious!!

  15. Just today I made pasta with mushrooms but I have never tried to make soup with them. It is about time though. I will try your recipe here as it looks so good!

  16. I love these mushrooms with french onion soup look amazing Mich!!

  17. Such a classic soup, love the mushroom in it

  18. Yep. This couldn't be any better. French onion and mushroom soups are my favorites too! I can't wait to make this! I'm bookmarking it now, and buying ingredients at the store tomorrow. Thank you for sharing!

  19. what ba comfort onion soup...
    preety good idea with melted cheese on crusty bread.....

  20. So you prefer drinking western soup than chinese soup, hehehe! This combination sounds really interesting! Last year I asked Kit to give me her own recipe of the French Onion soup so I can try out in winter, looking at your soup has reminded me about the abandoned recipe again. I hope I've saved it in somewhere!

  21. I love both soups too! So I would probably love your version of it :)

  22. Mich, I love your soup! Onions add loads of flavour especially when sauted for longer time. And wow, you did it for 40 minutes. Salute!

  23. I usually had the creamy mushrooms soup...this version looks more healthy! Would love to try this too!

  24. Mich, this soup sound so delicious, can I have a bowl pls?

  25. Eileen, Hundred Eighty Degrees20 May 2013 at 22:13

    Hi Mich, I don't think I've the patience to sautee for 40mins under such hot weather. You made it! Thumbs up!

  26. hi mich, i only know how to make pumpkin soup and mushroom soup..and never tried with white onions. Do sound delicious, certainly worth the wait!

  27. Hi Mich! How interesting that you combined the two classic soup in one! I love french onion soup. I can eat it everyday if I'm allowed. Love the soft onion and mushrooms will give nice texture too. I'm hungry looking at this photo!

  28. Hi Mich! That was very creative of you!

  29. This soup is full of flavours that I like!! Homemade vegetable stock?? Fantastic Mich.

  30. Looks like you're still whipping up some really creative delights, Mich. Why I never thought of combining the two is beyond me. GREAT idea!

    Thank you so much for sharing...

    P.S. If you get a moment, stop by my blog. I did a new post. Louise

  31. Love the sound of this soup, Mich! French onion soup is always delicious, but the addition of mushrooms makes it all the more hearty. So tasty...

  32. Such a great coloured French onion Mich. Loving the toast too. Perfect for a Sydney Winters day!