In the early 20th century, the Campbell Soup Company produced a line of condensed soups that changed American cooking. It’s cream of mushroom, when it wasn’t being diluted to serve as soup, showed up in an almost endless array of casseroles and sauces. These 8 recipes (3 for actual soup) extrapolate the rich flavor and unctuous texture of cream of mushroom soup and put them to use in a handful of great dishes.
1. Cream of Mushroom Soup
Cream of mushroom goes from pasty, over-salted pomade to lithe, creamy, and mushroom rich when you make it yourself. In this Kim Laidlaw recipe, dried porcini join fresh creminis to yield a soup of unusual deliciousness. A bit of sherry and heavy cream add luxuriousness. Get our Cream of Mushroom Soup recipe.
2. Creamy Mushroom-Potato Gratin
Although you add the sautéed cremini mushrooms, chicken broth, and heavy cream at separate stages, this delicious potato gratin recipe has at its heart the best-ever cream of mushroom flavor. Shredded Gruyère cheese and fresh thyme round out the rich, dinner party–ready flavors. Get our Creamy Mushroom-Potato Gratin recipe.
3. Creamy Mushroom Pasta Bake
We love baked pasta dishes for their versatility, their make-ahead potential, and their delicious powers of satisfaction. This one, by CHOW recipe developer Kim Laidlaw, marries homemade cream of mushroom soup with penne pasta, sautéed fresh creminis, and shredded Gruyère cheese. It’s the perfect to dish when you have leftover soup! Get our Creamy Mushroom Pasta Bake recipe.
4. Creamy Rigatoni with Chicken and Mushrooms
You start by searing bone-in chicken breasts, and then—in the same pan—you construct a delicious, richly concentrated cream of mushroom sauce. Shallots, garlic, fresh cremini mushrooms, white wine, chicken broth, and cream marry into a delicious sauce for rigatoni pasta. Get our Creamy Rigatoni with Chicken and Mushrooms recipe.
5. Creamy Mushroom Soup with Blue Cheese Toasts
The blue cheese toasts—baguette slices topped with melted blue—get all the attention, but it’s the soup that builds a delicious foundation. Yellow onions and garlic cook with fresh thyme to form a flavorful base, then sliced white mushrooms do their magic. Sherry and a restrained amount of heavy cream finish it off. Get our Creamy Mushroom Soup with Blue Cheese Toasts recipe.
6. Creamy Mushroom Gravy
It’s a gravy, yes (you haven’t lived until you’ve slathered it on meatloaf), but it’s also the most richly concentrated cram of mushroom bases ever. Cremini mushrooms are sweated in butter with shallot. Flour joins for thickening, then a bit of Marsala and a whole lot of beef broth create the sauce. A small amount of heavy cream, finally, smooths out the eedges. Get our Creamy Mushroom Gravy recipe.
7. Mushroom and Wild Rice Chowder
Bacon and a classic mirepoix of onion, carrot, and celery form the base of this extraordinarily concentrated variation on cream of mushroom. Since it’s a chowder, there are smooth, soft cubes of potato, and nutty, earthy-tasting wild rice. It’s the mushrooms, though, that suffuse every spoonful with richness. Get our Mushroom and Wild Rice Chowder recipe.
8. Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Spaghetti
The end result is a deeply flavored pasta dish, bolstered by shredded pieces of cooked chicken—in other words, a perfect weeknight dinner. The thing that makes it delicious, though, is a rich cream of mushroom bases: sautéed onion and cremini mushrooms, thickened with flour, and diluted with chicken broth and milk, béchamel-style. Get our Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Spaghetti recipe.