Mushroom Soup is a classic in many households across the world. But where it originated is still a source of great mystery, with many links to Italy and France in the 16th Century. It was the Campbells Soup Company canned Cream of Mushroom Soup making it staple in many homes and dishes from 1934. There are much earlier origins of the classic Mushroom Soup, potentially being developed from the simple Bechamel sauce.
It is believed Mushroom Soup had quite humble beginnings dating back to quite a few hundred years ago. Originating in France in the form of a Bechamel sauce or in Tuscany, Italy as Salsa colla, this is a creamy white sauce, made using white roux and milk. Often referred to as “glue sauce” due to its binding nature in dishes like pasta, lasagne etc. The earliest record of Bechamel sauce recipe was in 1533 in France. However, it is believed it originated much earlier than this. Overtime the simple sauce recipe developed and changed creating the classic Mushroom Soup that so many of us know and love.
Cream of Mushroom Soup
Cream of Mushroom Soup has been referred to as “America’s Bechamel” due to its commercialisation and introduction to the American market by the American company Campbells Soup. Mushroom Soup is commonly used in many recipes including beef stroganoff and various casseroles, and the humble Mushroom Soup became a staple in many homes across North America and Australia from the early 20th century.
Soup with Soul
We knew we had our work cut out for us creating a deliciously balanced Mushroom soup, especially with all the nostalgia so many of our customers have for this soup. Our Mushroom soup is an aromatic aroma of mushrooms, sauteed with spicy chunky vegetables in a rich creamy base. It’s a comforting essential this Winter, that will definitely make you reminiscent of dinners cooked with family at home. With your choice to garnish this with parmesan to add even more creaminess to this Soup with Soul. Don’t forget to pair the soup with a soup roll or cheese toastie to soak up that mushroom goodness!
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