Hungarian Mushroom Soup | The modern Proper (2023)

  • serves:4
  • Preparation time:15 minutes
  • Cooking time:30 minutes
  • Calories:363
  • vegetarian
  • 30 minutes
  • Stew
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Earthy mushrooms are the savory stars of this creamy, spicy, filling Hungarian Mushroom Soup.

Hungarian mushroom soup for every occasion.

Because it's dreary outside and you need a boost: Hungarian Mushroom Soup. Because you're craving something warming and simple: Hungarian Mushroom Soup. Because dinner tonight has to be simple: Hungarian Mushroom Soup. Because you need the meditative, familiar magic of light-hearted chopping and stirring: Hungarian Mushroom Soup.

There's something uniquely cozy about this creamy mushroom soup with tones of paprika and soothing. There's something healthy about a bowl of soup on a cold, rainy — or snowy — night. It warms you to cook it, it warms you to eat it, it warms the people you share it with. Bite by bite, the worries of the day recede into the distance. Meaty, earthy mushrooms are lifted by the herbaceous lightness of dill and the subtle touch of sour cream, while a generous sprinkling of paprika brings a blush pink hue to the whole fragrant pot. Hungarian mushroom soup is a cool-weather staple in our homes, and we hope yours will be too.

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How do you make the best mushroom soup?

Soup is pretty magical. Cooked well, a soup can be a particularly concentrated celebration of flavor—think itchicken soup, or potato leeks — and if you're a mushroom lover, it doesn't get much droolier than the thought of a whole pot of mushroom soup. As far as the best mushroom soup in the world goes, you know where we stand. This Hungarian mushroom soup pretty much blows all the others out of the water. Here's how to make sure it's beautiful every time:

  1. Use good mushrooms.They're the main event here, so choose mushrooms that look solid and clean. We like cremini mushrooms for their darker color and super meaty texture, but regular white button mushrooms are fine too.
  2. Take your time sautéing the onions and mushrooms- Let the heat and butter pull out their natural juices and then let them get a bit of color too. Nice and dark - not burnt, but dark - caramelization means aroma, aroma, aroma. This recipe comes together without much effort—it just takes patience.
  3. We've said it before and we'll say it again:Do not substitute low-fat dairy products for sour cream and milk. Just a few tablespoons of each is enough to add decadent, comforting richness to this soup, so don't skimp. Just enjoy!
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What Makes Hungarian Mushroom Soup Hungarian?

Paprika! Paprika is simply dried, ground paprika, and it is a spice believed to have originated in Hungary as early as the 15th century and is now a defining flavor of Hungarian cuisine. However, paprika is not just paprika. Here's a quick crash course in our favorite smoky, spicy, sweet, pink spice:

  • For our Hungarian mushroom soup, sweet and mild Hungarian paprika is the classic. You can look for it at your local grocery store, which is (usually) branded as "Hungarian sweet paprika." You can order italso online here.
  • If you prefera little kick, you can also search for "Hungarian Half-Sharp Paprika," which is a slightly spicier version of the classic sweet Hungarian paprika.
  • Many recipes specifically call for Spanish peppers - such as paella - akaPepper, which is a type of paprika made from a slightly different type of pepper than the Hungarian version. While we love its unique smoky depth of flavor, it doesn't quite suit this Hungarian mushroom soup.
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Meatless Monday?

Deliciously creamy, this Hungarian Mushroom Soup makes for an easy weeknight dinner—and since it's vegetarian, it's especially perfect for meatless Mondays. Top it off with some crusty bread or ours for a more substantial mealherb roll. A beautiful, coldcucumber saladforms the perfect refreshing contrast to the richness of the soups.

If you're making this Hungarian Mushroom Soup, we'd love to hear about it! Be sure to take a picture, add it to your Instagram feed or Stories and tag us@themodernproperand#themodernproperif you do. Feel free to leave a comment under the post and tell your friends where you found the recipe.

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Hungarian mushroom soup

Originally published: October 23, 2015

  • serves:4
  • Preparation time:15 minutes
  • Cooking time:30 minutes
  • Calories:363

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  • 4 THEButter
  • 2 BagsChopped Onions
  • 1 poundmushrooms, sliced
  • 2 Bagschicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 taxdry white wine
  • 2 TLdried dill
  • 2 TLchopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 TLPaprika
  • 2 THEI am willow
  • 1 Taxwhole milk
  • 3 THEflour
  • 1/4 taxSour cream
  • 2 THElemon juice
  • 2 THEfresh Italian parsley


  1. In a heavy saucepan or Dutch oven, cook the onions and mushrooms in butter over medium heat until onions are soft and translucent, about 15 minutes.
  2. Add dill, thyme, paprika, chicken or vegetable broth, soy sauce, and white wine. Bring the soup to a simmer and cook until the liquid is reduced by half.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix the flour with the milk until smooth. Add the flour and milk mixture to the soup and continue cooking until the soup starts to thicken, about 10 minutes.
  4. Reduce the heat to low and slowly stir in the sour cream and lemon juice.
  5. Garnish the soup with parsley and serve hot.

**Makes 5 cups of soup. If you want to serve four people as a main course, we recommend doubling the recipe.

nutritional information

  • Pro Portion
  • Crowd
  • calories363
  • Protein11 gr
  • carbohydrates35 gr
  • Total fat17 gr
  • fiber3 gr
  • cholesterol43 mg
  • Sodium593 mg
  • Total sugar10 gr

Hungarian mushroom soup

Questions & Reviews

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average: 5

  • F. Colley

    I didn't let the mushrooms and onions reduce in liquid. How do I correct this if I've already added the chicken broth and wine to the recipe?

    You may need to simmer a little longer until your onions are soft and no longer have a bite. The mushrooms will also soften the longer they cook. Hope it still tasted good!

  • Marcie

    Can You Freeze Hungarian Mushroom Soup?

    Should be good!

  • Katharina

    Is the nutritional information per cup serving size, or is one serving 1/4 the total volume of the soup?

    Thanks very much!

    1/4 of the entire pot of soup.

  • Amy Vitale

    Smoked or sweet paprika?

    Just regular paprika. Hope you enjoy Amy!

  • Patti

    What can I replace the white wine with?

    You can substitute with more chicken/vegetable broth. I hope you enjoy Patti!

  • Brenda Gowey

    Very flavorful, delicious and hearty! I added a few pieces of potato and used coconut milk instead of cow's milk. I thickened it with cornstarch to make it GF. We loved it!

    Thanks Brenda, glad you enjoyed it!

  • Aidan Cosby

    Delicious! I think next time I'll add a little less dill but still as good! Very filling and quick to make. Will do again!

    Thanks Aidan, so happy you enjoyed it!

  • Jeff

    This soup is amazing and worth every minute to make. I actually made it with the wrongly measured dill and peppers (used x2TBL scoops of each) but it came out incredibly sturdy and I haven't changed the amounts since. I use the Hungarian hot paprika. Insanely good and very filling. We have it as a main course.

    Thank you Jeff! We're so glad you love this soup!

  • Mimi Rosen

    Great! Fantastic! Could become my new favorite soup!

    Thank you Mimi!

  • Naomi Reid

    I love this soup! I keep coming back to this because it's delicious but also handles substitutes very well. I have prepared it in many ways, e.g. B. as a substitute for cream or with vegan products, and it's always delicious.

    Thanks Naomie, we're so glad you like it!


What is Hungarian mushroom soup? ›

Hungarian Mushroom Soup is a creamy mushroom soup that's loaded with flavor, most of which comes from the Hungarian paprika that is used. In addition to the paprika, it's seasoned with lots of onions, some sour cream and milk for the creamy texture, and a few unexpected ingredients.

How to make cream of mushroom soup taste better? ›


The easiest aromatic to add is garlic. It's cheap, it's easy to chop, and it makes every savory dish taste better 😉 Just make sure to sauté it in 1-2 teaspoons of oil before you add your soup to the pot to really maximize on flavor.

Is mushroom soup good for you? ›


It's delicious and easy, ready in no time, healthy and budget-friendly: Not only are Mushrooms good, but they are fat-free, low-sodium and low-calories. They're also packed with fiber, vitamins, important minerals like Selenium and antioxidants.

What to add to canned mushroom soup? ›

Cream of mushroom

Slice some shallots, garlic and wild mushrooms. Saute sliced mushrooms and shallots for about 2 minutes, then add garlic. Add 100ml of the soup and reduce until thick. Place mushroom mix on a plate, place a cooked fillet of barramundi on top and sauce with desired amount of remaining soup.

What is the national soup of Hungary? ›

Goulash (Hungarian: gulyás) is a soup or stew of meat and vegetables seasoned with paprika and other spices. Originating in Hungary, goulash is a common meal predominantly eaten in Central Europe but also in other parts of Europe. It is one of the national dishes of Hungary and a symbol of the country.

What is traditional Hungarian food? ›

Typical Hungarian food is heavy on dairy and meats, similar to that of neighboring Czech, and Slovak cuisines. Chicken, pork and beef are common, while turkey, duck, lamb, fish and game meats are mostly eaten on special occasions.

Which soup is healthiest? ›

The chicken soup is one of the healthiest soups when you're sick due to the anti-inflammatory healing properties. Chicken soup also has high amounts of vitamins such as A, B6 and C because it is made from chicken broth that contains vegetables like carrots, celery and onions.

Is mushroom a junk food? ›

Mushrooms are incredibly healthy and contain many of the nutrients our bodies need to function well. So, like most things, mushrooms can be eaten often as part of a balanced diet. However, unlike most things, eating mushrooms every day will come with more good than bad!

What does eating mushroom do to your body? ›

Mushrooms contain macronutrients that support a healthy immune system. According to the Mushroom Council, your immune system will benefit from mushrooms whose nutrients include: Selenium, which helps your body make antioxidant enzymes to prevent cell damage. Choose cremini or portabella mushrooms for the most benefit.

What is best served with mushroom soup? ›

Here's the short answer. The best dishes to serve with mushroom soup are green bean fries, garlic croutons, sourdough bread bowls, and steak bites. I also recommend wild rice pilaf, cheese and onion toasties, and parmesan chips. If you want a healthier option, try a simple arugula salad or a broccoli salad.

How do you make soup taste better? ›

Here, a few simple ways to upgrade soup broth for a tasty, filling, and flavorful finish.
  1. Add herbs and spices. Herbs and spices add aroma, flavor, and intensity to soup broth. ...
  2. Add acidic ingredients. ...
  3. Pack in umami flavor. ...
  4. Roast the ingredients first. ...
  5. Let it evaporate and cook longer. ...
  6. Skim excess fat.
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Should soup be cooked covered or uncovered? ›

Cooking a soup, stew, or sauce uncovered allows water to evaporate, so if your goal is to reduce a sauce or thicken a soup, skip the lid. The longer you cook your dish, the more water that will evaporate and the thicker the liquid becomes—that means the flavors become more concentrated, too.

Can you overcook mushroom soup? ›

In fact, the longer you cook it, the more water will evaporate from it, creating a deeper flavor, but other than becoming a little tougher, the texture of the mushroom will not change much.

What is the No 1 soup in the world? ›

Sinigang has been named the Best Soup in the World by Taste Atlas – and rightfully so – during the international food database's annual 2021 Awards! The Philippine native soup of sour broth, veggies, and meat has been globally recognized yet again for a second consecutive year, holding a rating of 4.63 out of 5.

What is Hungary's most famous food? ›

Goulash (Gulyás)

If you ever visit Hungary or go to a Hungarian restaurant, it will be impossible to avoid goulash. This is because goulash is one of the most popular Hungarian dishes around. Goulash is a hearty and warm stew filled with beef, paprika, onions, and potatoes.

What Hungary is famous for? ›

Hungary is also the birthplace of many famous people. Erno Rubik, a sculptor and professor, invented the Rubik's Cube in 1974. Hungary boasts 13 Nobel Prize winners, and magician Harry Houdini was also born in the country's capital, Budapest. The Eastern European country's cuisine primarily consists of meat dishes.

What food did Hungary invent? ›

The most iconic cakes are the classic Dobos and Esterházy, while Hungary also invented the walnut-apricot zserbó slice and the apricot-cottage-cheese Rákóczi túrós.

What is a Hungarian breakfast? ›

In Hungary, a typical breakfast may consist of fresh bread, cold sausage type minced meat products (such as kolbász or szalámi), some vegetables or jam. Lunch is the main meal of the day, usually consisting of three courses: soup is followed by a main dish and a dessert.

What time do Hungarians eat dinner? ›

#6 - In Hungary, people usually eat dinner between 7 and 9 p.m., and it's the main meal of the day. For the best experience, try booking a table for 8 p.m. Most fine dining restaurants turn only one table an evening, meaning that you should be able to score an 8 p.m. reservation.

Can I live on soup? ›

What Experts Say. "The concept of eating soup to lose weight has spanned decades, but experts say an all-soup diet lacks nutrients and is not sustainable. They do agree it can be smart to eat vegetable-packed soups for some meals, though, as these are filling, nutrient-dense, and low in calories."

What soup has the most vitamins? ›

Chicken & Kale Soup

Kale is one of the most nutrient-dense vegetables, and it's paired with protein-rich chicken in this hearty soup. A single cup of kale delivers an abundance of vitamins A, K and C. It also contains B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, potassium and more.

Is eating soup everyday good for you? ›

They're good for you.

While some soups can devastate a diet (cream-based varieties can be particularly high in fat and calories), most serve as a great vehicle to meet your daily quota for veggies.

Is mushroom good for blood pressure? ›

Mushrooms possess anti-hypertensive components. Terpenoid, sugar alcohol, peptide, lentinan, TMP, pipecolic acid and K+ are active. Acts by inhibition of angiotensin converting enzyme and on Na+-K+ pump. Mushrooms are safe and natural remedy for hypertension.

Which mushroom is the healthiest? ›

Oyster and shiitake mushrooms have the most fiber (at 2g per serving), Lemond says, and raw maitake mushrooms and portobellos exposed to UV light are among the highest in vitamin D. White mushrooms are also sold with enhanced levels of vitamin D. Ultimately, though, any mushroom is a good choice.

Is mushroom a meat or fish? ›

[1] Mushrooms are also recognized by chefs for their ability to create savory rich flavors called umami, thanks to the presence of an amino acid called glutamate, which is also found in meats, fish, cheeses, and simmering soups. Although considered a vegetable, mushrooms are neither a plant nor animal food.

Is mushroom good for diabetes? ›

Mushrooms are safe to eat if you have diabetes, as their low GI and GL content won't spike your blood sugar levels. Also, their vitamin B and polysaccharide content may offer additional health benefits that are of particular relevance for people with diabetes, including improved blood sugar and cholesterol control.

Is mushroom a brain food? ›

Mushrooms have been used for food and medicine for centuries with positive effects on human health that are well documented in studies. Many constituents of mushrooms have been shown to promote brain health against neurodegenerative diseases in cell and rodent studies.

Does mushroom reduce belly fat? ›


Mushrooms have been known to promote weight loss and fat burn by regulating the levels of glucose in the blood. Added bonus? They're rich in protein and can help you increase your metabolism, resulting in fat loss.

What should not be eaten after mushroom? ›

Using mushrooms with shrimp, buttermilk, and mustard oil is a no-no. Pineapple with urad dal, milk, yoghurt, milk, honey and ghee are contradictory food items. Do not eat fish and meat together.

Why you should not wash mushroom? ›

Because mushrooms are porous, they tend to soak up liquid like a sponge. And once they get to this state, it's hard to make them crispy or flavorful—they're just too water-logged.

When should you not eat a mushroom? ›

They Feel Slimy or Sticky

The first thing to check and one of the easiest ways to tell if mushrooms are bad is to check if they're slimy. What is this? Mushrooms should look dry, crisp and fresh. If your mushrooms look wet, have developed a slimy film and feel slimy or sticky, they're not edible anymore.

What meat goes well with mushroom soup? ›

Or serve the soup in a bread bowl! Meats – This creamy dish pairs well with just about every type of cooked meat. Chicken, roast beef, steak, pork chops, ground beef, ham or ribs are all delicious pairings. Sandwiches – Serve with a grilled cheese sandwich or panini for the perfect comforting combo.

Can you put egg in mushroom soup? ›

Creamy mushroom soup is taken to the next level by adding a soft poached egg in the centre. Serve with crusty wholegrain bread for a real winter treat. An easy family meal or and great for vegetarians too.

What drink goes with mushroom soup? ›

Mushroom Soup

Creamy mushroom soups pair well with Chardonnays and other white wines, especially oaked. Darker soups are complemented best by Pinot Noirs and other dark red wines that are oak-aged and have subtle, earthy tones.

How do you make soup thick and creamy? ›

Add flour or cornflour

You can also use flour or cornflour to thicken a soup. Put a tablespoon of either into a small bowl and stir in 2-3 tbsp of the soup until you have a smooth mixture. Stir this back into the soup and bring it to a simmer.

What removes bitterness from soup? ›

Fats and sweetness can help smooth the bitter corners of a dish, just like they make coffee taste less bitter. So add a spoonful of sugar, cream or butter to tame that bitterness.

What is mushroom soup made of? ›

This simple, delicious recipe is made without cream or milk. A mix of butter and flour thicken chicken stock to create a velvety soup without being too heavy. The combination of crimini and white button mushrooms add earthy notes that work well with the rich broth.

Why is it called widow soup? ›

The soup's name originates from the Medieval practice of gifting penniless, widowed women with vegetables and other available produce, which they would use to create the most filling dish possible.

Why is it called Vichyssoise? ›

Vichyssoise Fun Facts: Vichyssoise (vee-shee-SWAHZ) is a cold soup made of puréed leeks, onions, potatoes, cream, and chicken stock that was invented in America in 1917 and named after the French town of Vichy—long before Vichy would become the seat of France's Nazi collaborationist government.

What is Achu soup made of? ›

Achu soup is a traditional food in Cameroon, a yellow soup. It is made with cocoyam. Spices, water, palm oil, and "canwa or Nikki" (limestone), and fish are other ingredients.

Is mushroom a vegetable or meat? ›

Although mushrooms are classified as vegetables, technically they are not plants but part of the kingdom called fungi. However, they share some characteristics with plants and, as you will find out, even with animals! Mushrooms are low in calories, have virtually no fat and no cholesterol, and are very low in sodium.

Is mushroom soup good for skin? ›

Mushroom benefits for the skin

Hydrates skin: Mimicking the action of hyaluronic acid, the polysaccharides present in mushrooms hydrates your skin, making it soft and supple. Treats acne: Mushrooms are high in vitamin D and when applied topically, they help shrink breakouts and treat acne.

What is Queen Elizabeth's favorite soup? ›

The Queen had a favorite soup… Callaloo…a Carribean soup with callaloo leaves. Callaloo leaves are the leafy tops of the amaranth plant…but you can substitute baby spinach.

What is German blood soup? ›

Schwarzsauer is a North German blood soup with various spices cooked in vinegar-water and a sort of black pudding made with vinegar. It is a traditional dish in parts of northern Germany and formerly also in East Prussia. It is similar to the Spartan black soup.

What is the Old English word for soup? ›

Etymology 1

From Middle English soupe, sowpe, from Old French soupe, souppe, sope, from Late Latin suppa (“sopped bread”), from Proto-Germanic *supô (compare Middle Dutch sope (“broth”)).


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