Creamy Paleo Mushroom Soup with Bacon and Cheese Crisps
This soup made me feel like a superhero.
One week I found myself with a pound of leftover mushrooms and no plans for them. (Story of a Costco shopper’s life.)
Steve and I both like mushrooms, but our kids won’t touch them. They don’t even know what they taste like, but I can’t say I blame them. Mushrooms are weird looking. It’s only been in the last few years that I’ve learned to embrace them. And their funky texture.
Even though it was almost 90 degrees outside, I felt like a pureed soup was my only option other than eating sauteed mushrooms every day for lunch. (TOO. MUCH.) Plus, I’d never made mushroom soup before — much less a paleo mushroom soup.
This happened to be the same week I decided to be more consistent about writing our weekly menu on the chalkboard in the kitchen. The kids like it, and I think it prepares them mentally before we eat so they’re not surprised. Or they see something they’re not excited about and whine all day. It’s a gamble sometimes.
I didn’t want to write “Mushroom Soup” on the board in fear of mutiny. I had half of a package of bacon in the fridge and thought I’d incorporate that somehow, too.
Thus, “Creamy Bacon Soup” was born. Creamy is a nice word. So is bacon. And the soup WAS creamy AND contained bacon so I don’t feel like it was a total deception. It was no surprise that they were excited for dinner. I just had to keep them out of the kitchen and hide the mushroom evidence afterward.
And you know what? The little stinkers each ate two bowls and asked me to make it again the next week. My oldest also requested that I put some leftovers in her school lunch (<– WHAT?!) and the other two (and Steve) finished off the rest the next day. The soup is super creamy and has such a nice, deep flavor.
I think it’s safe to say I won them over. I’m trying to figure out how long to wait before I tell them that they’re actually eating a bowl full of pureed mushrooms.
Fifteen years ought to be long enough.
After I posted pics of this on the Perry’s Plate Instagram and Facebook page, I got a lot of requests for the recipe from those hoping to trick a loved one into liking mushrooms. This soup has big mushroom flavor, and my kids loved it because they don’t know what mushrooms taste like. If texture is an issue, then this should do the trick!
P.S. Those little cheese crisps added a lot to the soup. I use grass-fed cheddar and make them sometimes when we’re hankering for croutons for soup or salads. I added the instructions (if you can call it that) in the recipe. They’re super easy!