Creamy Mushroom Soup with Italian Sausage

This hearty, creamy mushroom soup with Italian sausage has the added sophistication of white wine and plenty of herbs and is guaranteed to fill you up!

Overhead view creamy mushroom soup with Italian sausage in black bowl with sprig of thyme

We’ve been having a lot of uncharacteristically cold days in Charleston this winter. And to me, cold days call for cozy meals. A good stew or a hearty soup warms me right up, preferably served with a big chunk of homemade crusty Dutch oven bread for sopping up the broth or gravy. 

I already made this beef stew with red wine earlier in the week (and it was STILL cold outside!), so I wanted to make something else with a different flavor palette that was just as cozy and filling.

My husband and I recently visited one of our favorite brick-oven pizza joints and had a super-delicious mushroom, sage, and sausage pizza, so I decided to make a soup with all the same flavors.

Three quarter closeup view of creamy mushroom soup with Italian sausage in black bowl with sprig of thyme

If you’re a huge fan of mushrooms like I am, you’ll love this creamy mushroom soup on your next cold day. It’s extra-hearty due to the addition of Italian sausage, but the mushrooms are meaty enough on their own to leave out the sausage if you’d like.

Whenever I make recipes with mushrooms, I end up wishing there were more of them because they shrink down so much when you cook them. So I planned ahead this time and used 24 oz. of mushrooms! It was perfect.

And because I used three 8-oz. packages, I mixed it up a bit and used two packs of baby bellas and one package of shitake mushrooms. The more variety the better, in my opinion.

I’d love to make this creamy mushroom soup again with one of those packages of dehydrated mixed wild mushrooms, or even some local ones from the farmer’s market when that’s back in season. Go nuts and pick your favorites!

Cleaning and browning your mushrooms

To make things easier, I went with pre-sliced mushrooms. Usually I find the packages are pretty clean already, but if you do find a little dirt in yours, you can give them a quick rinse (not a prolonged soak) before cooking them. It’s okay, I promise. Alton Brown says so.

You want them to brown, not steam, so make sure you pat them dry with paper towels or a cotton kitchen towel after rinsing them.

Overhead view of hands holding black bowl of creamy mushroom soup with Italian sausage

After that, the real key to making sure your mushrooms brown in the pan is not to overcrowd them. That’s why I cook the mushrooms for this creamy mushroom soup in three 8-oz. batches rather than all at once.

Packed with extra flavor

I’ve added thyme, sage, and a whole cup of white wine to this creamy mushroom soup to take this recipe from the familiar to the sophisticated and decadent. The herbs add a lovely earthiness to the soup – I used dried but use fresh if you have it.

For the wine, I used some Pinot Grigio we had sitting in the fridge, but use any white wine you’d like.

Three quarter view of creamy mushroom soup with Italian sausage in black bowl with sprig of fresh thyme

I usually use (gasp!) the cheap white cooking wine you find next to the vinegars in the grocery store, but any wine you’d actually pour yourself a glass of will taste much better. You hear “only cook with wine you’d drink” all the time, but every time I actually cook with wine I’d drink, it surprises me how much of a difference it makes.

What to serve with your creamy mushroom soup with Italian sausage

Combined with a simple green salad and some of this crusty no-knead Dutch oven bread, this would be the perfect cozy meal for a cold night!

Have you made this recipe? Leave me a rating below and let me know what you thought! 

Overhead view of creamy mushroom soup with Italian sausage in black bowl
4.62 from 39 votes

Creamy Mushroom Soup with Italian Sausage

This hearty, creamy mushroom soup with Italian sausage has the added sophistication of white wine and plenty of herbs and is guaranteed to fill you up!
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Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American
Yield: 4 servings
Calories: 766kcal
Prep Time:5 minutes
Cook Time:35 minutes
Total Time:40 minutes


  • 1 lb mild italian sausage
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1/2 tsp dried sage
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 24 oz. mushrooms I used 16 oz. baby bellas and 8 oz. shitake
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 32 oz. chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream


  • In a Dutch oven or other heavy-bottomed pot, heat to medium and add sausage. Break apart the sausage into small pieces with a wooden spatula. Once it begins to brown, add the onion.
  • Cook for an additional 5 minutes or until onions are translucent and sausage is browned. Add sage, thyme, and garlic and cook for an additional minute. Set aside sausage mixture.
  • In the now-empty Dutch oven, melt 1 tbsp butter and add 1 tbsp olive oil. Brown mushrooms in three 8 oz batches, so as not to crowd the pan. Cook each batch for about 6 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes or so so they have time to get some brown coloring. Set each batch aside as they brown. Add 1 tbsp butter before adding each of the second and third batches.
  • Re-add mushrooms and sausage mixture and remaining 1 tbsp butter.
  • Sprinkle flour over ingredients, and stir until everything is evenly coated. Cook for about a minute, stirring constantly so it doesn’t burn.
  • Add white wine and simmer until most of the liquid is evaporated.
  • Add chicken broth and whipping cream. Cook until warm and thickened.
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Calories: 766kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 63g | Saturated Fat: 27g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 157mg | Sodium: 1784mg | Potassium: 1136mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 798IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 3mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Made this soup today and it was a BIG hit with my hubby!! I didn’t have white wine (just used extra chicken broth), I added diced red potatoes near the end and used all shiitake mushrooms (homegrown!) – it still came out yummy! Thank you for an easy recipe!

  2. Absolutely LOVED this recipe!! Added uncooked spinach cheese raviolis while in the last stage of simmering and 👌👌 10/10 stars!!!

  3. 5 stars
    Wow. I love that this soup thickened up to the perfect consistency and the flavor is so warming. I only had 10 oz of mushrooms so threw in kale. Also used fresh herbs and added lasagna pieces. I can’t get over how perfectly this thickened. Definitely making again! Thank you!!!

    1. I make this recipe alot and use masala cooking wine and it is DELICIOUS! So I think it really comes to down to your personal taste. But yes, cooking wine absolutely works.

  4. 5 stars
    This was delicious! So much umami flavor. Instead of frying the mushrooms in batches I roasted them on a sheet pan in the oven—with 2 T butter and 2 T olive oil—for about 15-20 minutes at about 400 degrees, until they were beginning to brown, then deglazed the sheet pan with the white wine. I also added one potato cut into 1/2″ cubes since I wanted to use it up and about 4 cups of chopped kale. Beautiful and delicious.

  5. 5 stars
    Perfect. Thank you so much for this beautiful, rich and satisfying recipe. It was a great use of the large container of mushrooms purchased from Costco. I made as written with one modification: I substituted half and half for the cream since it is what I had on hand. Turned out amazing.

  6. 5 stars
    10 stars, i loved this recipe! perfect for a rainy cold day rich is rare here in Texas. My family loved this soup.

  7. 5 stars
    Wow! This was great! I usually don’t comment on recipes but just had to complement the chef. This exceeded expectations. I halved the recipe except I used 16oz mushrooms (instead of 12oz which would be half) plus a tad more onion and garlic and then some corn starch to thicken a bit at the end. It turned out super. It is really rich so can only eat in small portions but soooo satisfying. Yum!

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