Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Another Wild Mushroom Soup

I'm staying with my son in the beautiful Eastern Townships of Quebec. It's fall, the leaves are scarlet, the temperatures are pleasant (although it does rain and blow at night).

My son and his buddies are mushroom savvy. This recipe is an adaptation from the Vita-Prep Cookbook (the Vita-Prep is the blender made by Vita-Mix for professional chefs.)


1# (5 C.) Mushrooms, stems removed, and quartered (use fresh cremini, shitaki, etc.)

6 Tablespoons (T.) Butter or Virgin Coconut Oil

2 C. Carrots, chopped to 1"

2 C. Celery, chopped to 1"

2 C. Onion, chopped into 1" pieces

1 Clove Garlic

8 Cups Stock (your choice-- I use a vegetable stock)

3 T. Tomato Paste

Bouquet Garni (3 sprigs Parsley, 3 sprigs Thyme, 1 Bay Leaf -- see here)

Celtic Sea Salt to taste

Organic Apple Cider Vinegar to taste

  • Set aside 1 C. Mushrooms
  • Chop the rest of the Mushrooms, 1 Cup at a time, -- chop at Variable Speed 3 and pulse 10 times each for a fine chop.
  • Saute the chopped Mushrooms in 4 T. Butter or Virgin Coconut Oil
  • Using Variable Speed #3, chop the Carrots, 1 Cup at a time, allowing a run of 5-10 seconds for a fine chop. Set aside.
  • As above, also chop the Celery, Onion, and Garlic.
  • Add the above to the saute Mushrooms and saute for another five minutes.
  • Stir in the Stock, Tomato Paste, Celtic Sea Salt and add the Bouquet Garni. Bring to a boil and then simmer, partially-covered, for 45 minutes.
  • Remove Bouquet Garni.
  • Puree the Soup in 2 batches by setting the VitaMix speed to Variable #8 for ten seconds.
  • Slice and saute remaining 1 C. Mushrooms and add with Apple Cider Vinegar to the puree. Reheat and serve.

  • Magnifique!

    **it's a good idea to cook mushrooms, particularly button mushrooms, to destroy any toxins that are natural to the raw mushroom make-up.
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