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Hungarian Mushroom Soup

Vegetarian friends, raise your hand if you own a copy of the Moosewood Cookbook! Over 20 years ago, my friend gifted me a copy of the Moosewood Cookbook for my birthday and highlighted the Hungarian Mushroom Soup recipe as the first recipe I should make. I immediately fell in love with all the earthy flavors and the fact that this soup could be made VERY inexpensively and have some leftover. Win-win for me on a tiny grad school budget! Jump to Recipe

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Moosewood Cookbook Lovers Unite!

This Hungarian Mushroom Soup is a classic Moosewood favorite. I made it for my kids last night because, wow, I’m running low on new ideas. 🤣🤣Quarantine cooking is not for the faint of heart. These kids eat SO MUCH FOOD. I love that the kids are making their own breakfasts and lunches, but every day, as dinner rolls around, I am grasping at straws. 

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Delicious and different
Quarantine Cooking Challenges 

I love to cook, but it is different cooking without being able to run out and grab a missing ingredient. If we don’t have an ingredient on hand, too bad. When I was creating my online shopping list, I had to plan for this recipe. I never have 1 1/2 to 2 pounds of mushrooms hanging around. All of the other ingredients are pretty straightforward. This experience has been a good experience for me to practice meal planning.

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Hungarian Mushroom Soup Deliciousness.
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This soup is not for everyone. None of my kids outright disliked the soup, but the kids were not begging me to make it again. My oldest – Quinn – loved this soup. Julia loved the broth. If your kids don’t love mushrooms, this won’t be the soup for them. 🍄 🍄The flavors are maybe a little mature for younger palates. My thought … more for you! Leftovers are delicious. 

Just A Few Steps 

Start with onions and mushrooms. A lot of mushrooms!

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2 pounds of mushrooms!

Add some flour – I use gluten-free and it works perfectly.

Adding flour
Adding flour to mushrooms

I used this sweet Paprika from Spain – but you can use something spicier!

Sweet Paprika from Spain

You can use dried or fresh dill … I love to grow dill – it’s hard to kill!

fresh dill in my garden
Fresh Dill in My Garden
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Rich and delicious flavors
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3.25 from 4 votes

Moosewood Hungarian Mushroom Soup

Delicious, vegetarian soup for mushroom lovers!

Course Dinner
Cuisine Gluten-free, soup
Keyword family meals, farmers market, gluten free, soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 125 kcal
Author Erin Brighton


  • 2 T. butter
  • 2 C chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 to 2 lbs sliced mushrooms
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 T fresh dill
  • 1 T paprika
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 3 T flour GF works!
  • 2 c water
  • 1 c milk
  • 1/2 c sour cream
  • Fresh parsley


  1. Melt butter in a large, heavy bottomed pot. Add onions. Sauté for about 5 minutes.

  2. Add mushrooms, salt, dill, and paprika. Stir and cover. Cook for about 15 minutes. Stir occasionally. Add lemon juice.

  3. Gradually add 1 tablespoon of flour at a time. Stir constantly. Cook another five minutes over medium-low heat.
  4. Add milk. Stir slowly. Taste to see if you should add more salt and ground pepper.

  5. Whisk in the sour cream. Keep the heat very low. If the heat is too high, the soup will curdle.

  6. Serve hot. Top with fresh parsley if you have some on hand. Enjoy!

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Thai Butternut Squash Soup

Instant Pot Vietnamese Beef Pho

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Erin Brighton

I am a native New Englander now living in beautiful Charlotte, North Carolina and enjoying summers in sea-breezy Scituate, Massachusetts with my five small kids and two large dogs. I love to cook easy, local, and gluten-free for friends and family.

13 thoughts on “Hungarian Mushroom Soup”

  1. I love this soup and have been making it for years from the Moosewood Cookbook. The instructions in your recipe stop halfway through the original instructions in the book.

  2. I only gave this 3 stars because you are still missing when to add the water! I looked up other peoples recipes and added it with the mushrooms. Also I used GF flour and it didn’t thicken so then added 2 TBSP regular flour but not as thick as I would like it. Flavour was very good.

  3. 3 stars because when to add the water is missing. I used GF flour and it didn’t thicken. The soup flavour was very good.

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