Exploring new recipes can be so fun and fulfilling, but finding the time to research and test out new recipes when you’re already juggling work, relationships, and yourself? It can be challenging to fit it all in. That’s why I’m a huge fan of instant pots and slow cookers. They’re perfect when you need to “set it and forget it.” You add all the ingredients (with maybe a bit of prep before) and let the slow cooker do its thing.
Mushrooms are great for slow cooker recipes because they can be cooked for a long time and will become more flavorful as they simmer alongside the other seasonings and ingredients. They also are great meat replacements and add a savory, umami flavor to broths.
We’ve gathered a list of unique and flavorful cozy soup recipes for you. Most of these recipes suggest using whole mushrooms but making it even simpler, feel free to try substituting canned mushrooms (we promise not to tell.) Here’s what you’ll need.
This wild mushroom soup recipe is deceptively simple, with only a few ingredients. The secret comes from a quick sauté of 3-4 different types of mushrooms on the stovetop before adding it to the slow cooker. While it takes a few extra minutes, giving this soup richness and depth is worth it.
Pro tip: Pair this with delicious cooked wild rice (bonus points if you use a rice cooker) for an even more filling meal
High-quality beef simmered in a delicious chicken stock makes for a fantastic Korean-style soup with relatively little prep. Top with adorable enoki mushrooms and veggies for a healthy and fulfilling dish.
While whether or not ramen can be considered a soup is debatable, the fact that this mushroom ramen is delicious and easy to make is not! This ramen uses dried shiitake mushrooms, coconut milk, and fresh lemongrass to give this broth a unique bright flavor for you to soak up with your noodles.
This soup recipe uses dehydrated porcini mushrooms and fresh mushrooms (cremini work great here!) to make a classic sherry soup. Pro tip: if you don’t have sherry, a very dry white wine could be a good substitution!
This recipe is rich, creamy, and oh-so-simple to make! You directly combine your herbs and aromatics (fresh thyme, yellow onion, garlic) with vegetable broth, button mushrooms, and wild rice in the crock pot. Once those ingredients are cooked, you top your soup with a homemade roux to make this fulfilling, cozy meal!
For all the vegetarians and vegans out there, this soup has some easy substitution options for you to enjoy this ultimate comfort food soup. Dried thyme, chopped parsley, and some extra cloves garlic would make a great addition.
As the creator says, this thick and filling soup is genuinely a “dump and go” recipe. We love that this recipe has some ideas to save even more time, including buying precut ingredients and batching this soup to reheat later. If you want to add some thickness, a splash of heavy cream in your bowl would be lovely.
This recipe is slightly different from the others because it uses premade canned cream of mushroom soup and chicken broth as the base rather than making your own from scratch. Loaded with cheese, bacon, and sour cream (it’s basically a baked potato in a bowl), this is a great kid-friendly option when you want to feed the whole family. Set the table with cheese, green onions, and black pepper for garnishes.
This recipe is an excellent option if you want to experiment with your veggie combinations or use up what you have in your freezer. Start with the recipe as a base, add leftover veggies and meats on hand, and save yourself another trip to the grocery store. A drizzle of olive oil and sea salt over your bowl, and that’s it!
Leek, celery, cumin, turmeric, and coriander give the base of this soup a complex fall-inspired feel. Paired with kale, mushrooms, and lentils, this recipe will make you want to cozy up and gaze at rustling autumn leaves outside your window. If you add in bay leaves, don’t forget to take those out!
If you’re looking for more unique mushroom recipes, check out these holiday stuffed mushroom recipes and mushroom ketchup recipes.