Maitake Mushroom Soup

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A rich soup with layers of earthy warm flavors. Maitake mushrooms (hen of the woods) are believed to have numerous medicinal properties and taste great.













Low in Saturated Fat, Low Cholesterol, Cholesterol-Free, Trans-fat Free
Metric measurements


4ounces mushrooms, wild maitake AKA hen of the woods fresh*
1ounces mushrooms, dried mixed gourmet, porcini, shitake, etc.*
2cups water boiling to soak dried mushrooms
2tablespoons olive oilVideo
3each shallots *
1each leek *
1each onion peeled and diced
1stalk celery sliced*
1each carrot finely diced
1small potato peeled and diced
4cups vegetable stockVideo
2tablespoons soy sauce dark or light
2tablespoons sherry
1each bay leaf *
1teaspoon thyme dried, or 2 teaspoons fresh thyme*
1each rosemary sprigs leaves only, optional*
1x sea salt to taste*
* not incl. in nutrient facts


We find our fresh Maitake mushrooms (hen of the woods) in a chinese grocery store chain (T&T run by Loblaws) for less than $2/pkg. They can be found in many Asian markets (or from the mushroom guy at a farmers market) either fresh or dried.

The medicinal values are believed to include strengthening the heart, helping to remove pollutants from the body (detoxification) and improving the immune system along with helping your little man below perform. :)

Personally we like them because they taste great, rich and delicious adding wonderful earthy warm flavor.

Place the dried mushrooms in a glass measuring cup. Pour the boiling water over the dried mushrooms, cover with plastic wrap and let steep.

Trim the leek, wash well. Slice only the tender green and white parts for the soup, reserved the tough green parts to enrich the vegetable stock (if desired).

In a large pot, bring the vegetable stock to the boil.

Add the bay leaf and tough parts of the leek, reduce heat and allow to simmer.

Drain the dried mushrooms, reserving the mushroom water that is loaded with flavor.

Strain the mushroom stock through a coffee filter to remove any grit and add to the vegetable stock.

In a large sauté pan (or pot large enough to hold the finished soup) heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.

Add the onion, shallots, leek, celery and carrot to the sauté pan and cook, stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes. If brown bit form in the sauté pan this a good thing!

Remove the leek and bay leaf from the simmering vegetable stock and discard.

Add the fresh maitake mushrooms to the sauté pan (pot) and cook for about 5 minutes.

Deglaze the sauté pan (or pot) with the sherry (wine or cognac or even beer) scraping up any of those browned bits of flavor. Or just use the vegetable mushroom stock if there is no sherry on hand.

To the sauté pan (or pot) add the potatoes, thyme, rosemary, soy sauce and finally the vegetable stock. If your sauté pan seems a bit small just transfer the veggies to the pot itself.

Cover and bring to a simmer.

Allow to simmer until the potatoes are cooked through.

Using a hand held stick immersion blender whizz the soup until smooth and creamy in the sauté pot. Or alternatively transfer to a blender (be careful it's hot) and blend until smooth and creamy.

Taste and adjust seasoning with sea salt.

Ladle into soup bowls and serve. If you have fresh thyme sprinkle a few leaves on top for garnish.

Serve. It also works well to add a dollop of cream fraiche or sour cream.

First published: last updated: 2015-01-26

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almost 4 years

Very hearty, lots of veggies, one of my favorite mushroom soup recipes.


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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 451g (15.9 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 10855% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 10%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 518mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Sugars g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A 51% Vitamin C 9%
Calcium 4% Iron 2%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?
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