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Everyone’s favorite easy mushroom soup made in a pressure cooker to save you time in the kitchen, but still has all the flavor of a cream of mushroom soup.
I don’t know how it is where you live, but here, Fall is making an appearance this weekend. The weather is cloudy with a light drizzle and the temperatures have been in the low 40’s at night. There’s no doubt about it, soup season is upon us and I can’t think of a better option than cream of mushroom soup.
So, for today, Kim and I are sharing our Instant Pot easy mushroom soup recipe. It’s basically a homemade version of the canned stuff but amped up with more flavor and extra mushrooms.
Best of all, we made it in our pressure cooker. That means you get a home cooked soup with a 4-minute cook time. With that being said, you’ll still need to add about 10-minutes of prep time and another 10-12 minutes for the cooker to come to pressure.
Still, an easy mushroom soup in less than 30-minutes sounds like a sweet deal to me. In regards to taste, it tastes like mushrooms, obviously. But, I added thyme and bay leaves to the dish to give it a little more depth. Alright, enough talking, you came here for the soup, not for a conversation. Let’s get started!
Easy Mushroom Soup Instructions:
- First, go ahead and dice your onions (and garlic if you chose to use fresh instead of jarred). To be honest, a rough chop is all you need. Given the rustic nature of this dish, it doesn’t have to be perfect. Once you’ve prepped the onions, grab your pressure cooker and toss in the mushrooms, diced onion, minced garlic, vegetable broth, sea salt, ground black pepper, dried thyme, and bay leaves.
- Next, set the pressure cooker to the Manual/High Pressure setting and let the soup cook for 4-minutes. By the way, you’re already almost halfway done.
- Afterward, when the soup has finished cooking, perform a controlled release. At this point, carefully, remove the bay leaves using tongs. Please, try not to use your fingers and get burned.
- While the soup is cooling, grab a small bowl and a whisk. Now, combine the cornstarch and half and half in the bowl. Use the whisk and thoroughly combine the two ingredients. Make sure all the cornstarch gets mixed into the liquid.
- Then, set your pressure cooker to the Saute function and pour the cornstarch mixture into the soup. Using the same whisk or a wooden spoon, stir the soup as it begins to heat.
- Be careful not to let the soup come to a rolling boil or it might break. As it heats, the easy mushroom soup will begin to thicken. Continue heating and stirring it until it reaches your desired thickness.
- Last, when the soup is thick enough for you, turn off the heat and serve the dish in bowls. Feel free to serve it with any side you want. I like a crusty French baguette with my soups, but you can use crackers, croutons, or anything your heart desires.
Easy Mushroom Soup Tips:
- When deciding on what type of cream you’re going to use for this soup, it’s important to think about how hot a pressure cooker gets. We chose half and half because we were confident it wouldn’t break. However, you could use heavy cream, but you’ll want to let the soup cool a little before adding it.
- If half and half is too high in calories and fat, then try using milk. Just remember, the lower the fat content, the lower the “creaminess.”
- You can serve this soup with bread, crackers or your own homemade croutons. Croutons can be made by cutting up bread, drizzling it with butter or oil, a sprinkling of spices, and then baking it on 350 degrees F. until it browns lightly.
Instant Pot Easy Mushroom Soup
- 1 Lb. Mushrooms (fresh, sliced or chopped)
- 1 Medium Spanish or White Onion (diced)
- 1 Tablespoon Garlic (minced, jarred)
- 2 Cups Vegetable Broth
- 1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt
- 1/4 Teaspoon Black Pepper
- 1 Teaspoon Thyme (dried)
- 2 Large Bay Leaves
- 1 Cup Half and Half
- 2 Tablespoons Cornstarch (or 3 Tablespoons, if needed)
- First, in your pressure cooker, combine the mushrooms, diced onions, garlic, broth, salt, pepper, thyme, and bay leaves.
- Next, set the cooker to Manual/High Pressure and cook the ingredients for 4-minutes.
- After that, preform a controlled release and carefully remove the bay leaves.
- Now, in a small bowl or large measuring cup, stir together the half and half and cornstarch.
- Then, set the pressure cooker to Saute and pour the cornstarch mixture into the mushroom soup.
- Last, stir the soup and set it simmer until thickens. Turn off the cooker and serve the soup.