Creamy Mushroom Soup, a healthy French champignon soup made without cream and with a delicious touch of coffee. Surprise guests by serving in coffee cups and dust with unsweetened cocoa powder like a cappuccino. What makes the soup creamy? It’s thickened using a roux.

cup and saucer of mushroom soup dusted with cocoa powder

French Mushrooms (Champignons de Paris)

When I first bought mushrooms at the market in France, I was surprised to see how they were sold with such large stalks and earthy feet. They were totally different to the pale, pre-packaged mushrooms presented in cellophane punnets looking as clean as a button in supermarkets. While we can get the latter in our French supermarkets, why would I pick these if I can get the freshest, tastier ones at the local market for the same price?

Use Parisian, cremini or portobello (giant cremini) mushrooms – since I find they have more flavour than the normal white button mushrooms.

crate of Parisian chestnut mushrooms at the French market

French Apéritif or Pre-Drinks Fun Teaser Dish

Have you tried savoury macarons? In France, they’re great as an apéritif – my favourite part BEFORE the meal that’s just so French. However, served with a mini coffee cup, this makes the best little amuse-bouche or teaser before the entrée, (starter or appetizer).

Want to take this creamy mushroom soup to the next level? Serve with a dollop of crème fraîche with truffle and the most fun mini mushroom and truffle savoury macarons.

cup and saucer of mushroom soup, dollop of cream, dusting of cocoa powder and a mini mushroom macaron

coffee cup of creamy mushroom soup served with a mini truffle macaron

Mushrooms with Coffee – A Combination That Works

I often serve this creamy soup as a mushroom cappuccino, served in a dinky little coffee cup. This way it guarantees surprises at the table. Especially as the touch of coffee is a delicious surprise. Added with French mini mushroom and truffle macarons, you’ll have them laughing! I love seeing guests’ faces when I serve this.

What wines to serve with mushrooms? Serve with Champagne or a white wine from the Jura, an Alsatian Riesling or a fruity, almost honey-like Chenin blanc.

What’s more, it has coffee in it! Inspired by a starter of creamy mushroom soup in Brittany recently, the chef added a hint of coffee to the soup.  Who would have thought that mushrooms and a subtle hint of coffee could work so well? So my previous little cups of creamy mushroom soup have been given a make-over.

spoon of coffee granules in front of a pot of cooked mushrooms

From a few experiments with this recipe, I recommend adding coffee granules at the end of cooking.  For this quantity, I suggest two teaspoons but taste it for yourself and see, as it may need a touch more.  It’s entirely up to your taste but the secret is to have just enough to taste it but create the intrigue.

How do you Thicken Up Mushroom Soup?

Before I made this recipe without any milk or flour. However, the end result left a slight wateriness to it that seemed to split.  I felt it needed a creamier texture for a better consistency – plus without the cream to keep it healthy.

So, by using the same method used for the Crème Dubarry (French cauliflower cream soup), I make a roux to create a creamy texture and gradually mix it into the soup. Here’s how, step-by-step.

How to Make a Roux for Soup

Adding flour to melted butter in a saucepan

The creaminess of the soup comes by making a roux. First melt butter and whisk in flour

whisking together a paste or roux in a saucepan

then once the flour and butter are creamy, add the milk until the paste is thick then whisk in some mushroom stock and add it to the soup

I use a little milk to make a liaison with a roux of butter and flour but apart from that, there’s no cream in it. However, if you’re not afraid of cream, add a small dollop of crème fraîche with a little truffle oil (or truffle shavings if you have them).

Finally top with a dusting of unsweetened cocoa powder (I use Van Houten 100%) – as this completes the cappuccino look. I use crème fraîche to make this quickly, but if you prefer frothing up some whipped cream (crème fleurette, 30% fat), then this will have a more authentic look.

cup and saucer of creamy French mushroom soup with coffee

Creamy Mushroom Soup

cup and saucer of creamy French mushroom soup with coffee
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Creamy Mushroom Soup

Author: Jill Colonna
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course : Appetizer, Starter
Cuisine : French
Servings : 8 people
Calories : 77kcal


Creamy Mushroom Soup, a healthy French champignon soup made without cream and with a delicious touch of coffee. Surprise guests by serving in coffee cups and dust with unsweetened cocoa powder like a cappuccino. What makes the soup creamy? It's thickened using a roux.


  • 600 g (1.25lb) mushrooms cremini or Parisian champignons
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 50 g (2oz) butter
  • 1 litre (1.75pints) vegetable stock (or chicken stock for non-vegetarians)
  • 25 g (2 tbsp) plain flour
  • 50 g (2 fl oz) whole milk (or half fat)
  • 2 tsp soluble coffee
  • 1 tbsp crème fraîche or double cream (optional)
  • 1 tsp truffle oil
  • 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder for dusting


  • In a large, high-sided pan, cook the onion over a medium heat in half of the butter without browning for about 5 minutes. Remove the onion from the pan, throw in the chopped mushrooms and sauté them until they give off all their liquid. Return the cooked onion to the pan.
  • Add the stock and leave to cook on the lowest heat uncovered until the liquid reduces by at least a quarter for about 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile in a small saucepan, prepare the roux. Melt the butter and, using a balloon whisk, whisk in the flour for about 5 minutes until the mixture looks creamy. Quickly add the milk and continue to whisk until the sauce thickens. Whisk in some of the hot liquid from the soup then add to the bigger pot.
  • Blend the soup using an electric mixer or hand blender. Season to taste plus add the coffee granules, stirring to dissolve.
  • Optional: stir the truffle oil into the crème fraîche then add a mini dollop on each serving.


For some extra delicious fun, serve with my mini mushroom and truffle savoury macarons for the best creamy mushroom soup effect.

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This post was originally published 24 September 2012 but text is now updated to include better images and an added roux and coffee in the recipe.

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Comments (39)

I’m making this today minus the cayenne
and the ‘hint of macaron cheekiness’!
(that’s a new one for me 🙂

You like that? Not bad, eh. Replace with nutmeg if not using cayenne. Enjoy!

My brother would go crazy for these. So adorable.

Well you’re brother does sound adorable, Kim!

Oh, Jill, your soup looks amazing! And a savory macaron as an accompaniment looks perfect…the filling sounds so incredibly rich a delish 🙂 Have a great week!!! xo

Thanks, Liz. It’s rich but so light. I dare you to try it!