|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Servings: 4 to 6|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 7g||9%|
|Saturated Fat 1g||5%|
|Total Carbohydrate 27g||10%|
|Dietary Fiber 5g||17%|
|Total Sugars 9g|
|Vitamin C 13mg||66%|
|*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.|
This rich, delicious recipe for maitake mushroom soup is layered with complex flavors. An optional splash of cognac gives a wonderfully flavorful nod to French cooking. Maitake and shiitake mushrooms are known for their medicinal value. It is believed that they strengthen the heart, improve immunity, and assist the body’s detoxification process. They are also purported to possess anti-cancer properties. One thing I can promise you: regardless of its medicinal value, this soup is superb.
1/2 ounce dried shiitake mushrooms, soaked in 1 cup hot water
4 ounces maitake mushrooms (hen of the woods), chopped
8 ounces assorted mushrooms, preferably cremini and shiitake
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 large shallots, chopped
1 small leek, chopped
1 small Vidalia onion, chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 medium potato, peeled and chopped
4 cups vegetable stock, chicken stock, or water
2 tablespoons tamari
1 tablespoon cognac, optional
1 bay leaf
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
1/2 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper, or to taste
Steps to Make It
Drain the shiitake mushrooms and reserve the liquid. Chop all the mushrooms. Heat oil over medium flame in a soup pot.
Add mushrooms to pot along with shallot, leek, onion, celery, carrot, and potato. Increase heat to medium-high, and cook vegetables, stirring often, until they begin to soften, about ten minutes.
Add reserved soaking liquid from mushrooms, stock, tamari, cognac, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes.
Add thyme and rosemary, and puree with a hand-held stick blender until smooth.
Season to taste with salt and pepper, and simmer an additional 5 minutes.
Use Caution When Blending Hot Ingredients
Steam expands quickly in a blender, and can cause ingredients to splatter everywhere or cause burns. To prevent this, fill the blender only one-third of the way up, vent the top, and cover with a folded kitchen towel while blending.