German Cream of Mushroom Soup Recipe

Cream of Mushroom Soup - German Champignon Cremesuppe
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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 35 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
303 Calories
25g Fat
12g Carbs
9g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 303
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 15g 73%
Cholesterol 199mg 66%
Sodium 716mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 4mg 20%
Calcium 60mg 5%
Iron 2mg 14%
Potassium 456mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This classic German cream of mushroom soup (Champignon Creme Suppe) recipe is easy to prepare but tastes like you labored all day. The French influence on German cuisine can be seen in the name of this dish―champignons is the French word for "mushrooms." 

Cream of mushroom soup is a great first course for a fancy dinner party because it's not time-dependent―it can simmer away happily on the stove without fear of overcooking while you enjoy cocktails and appetizers.

In recipes such a these―few ingredients, simple steps―the quality of the ingredients will make a big difference in the final product, so don't skimp.

Wild mushrooms abound in Germany's lush forests. If you decide to do a little foraging of your own, keep mushroom tips and warnings in mind.


  • 12 ounces (300 grams) mushrooms, cleaned and thinly sliced

  • 1/2 large onion, thinly sliced

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 2 1/2 cups beef broth

  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream

  • 2 large egg yolks

  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry

  • 1/3 cup creme fraiche

  • 1 dash pepper

  • 1 dash salt

Steps to Make It

  1. Peel and slice onions as thinly as practical.

  2. In a medium saucepan, sauté onion in 3 tablespoons unsalted butter until translucent. Add the sliced mushrooms. Sauté 5 minutes. Sprinkle 2 to 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour or brown rice flour over all, cook 1 minute, stirring. (Use more flour for a thicker soup.) All-purpose flour can be used if you are not allergic to it.

  3. Add 2 1/2 cups hot beef broth (preferably homemade but good-quality canned broth will do), bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 1 minute, stirring occasionally.

  4. Add 3 tablespoons heavy cream and reduce heat to lowest setting.

  5. Mix 2 large egg yolks with 2 tablespoons good-quality dry sherry and 1/3 cup crème fraîche. Temper egg yolk mixture with a few ladles of hot soup, whisking constantly. Then transfer the tempered egg-yolk mixture back into the soup. Heat through, whisking constantly,  but do not boil. Pepper generously and salt to taste.

  6. This is commonly served with a French baguette.

Raw Egg Warning

Consuming raw and lightly-cooked eggs poses a risk of food-borne illness.


  • Mushrooms are very porous, so you want to introduce as little water as possible when cleaning them. Follow these mushroom-cleaning tips.

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