This Warming Mushroom Stew brings together three types of culinary mushrooms for a hearty vegetable-based stew that is wonderfully rich in nutrients. Porcini, portobello, and shiitake are excellent sources of B vitamins, protein, copper, potassium, zinc, and selenium. Combined with celery, carrots, and parsnips, this is a high-fiber soup that will fill you up without overwhelming your digestive system.
Culinary mushrooms offer plenty of health benefits, such as supporting the maintenance of healthy cholesterol (1), anti-cancer properties (2), and supporting gut immunity and the body’s natural anti-inflammatory response (3).
Fill up a bowl of this savory soup and find comfort in knowing you’re enjoying a nourishing meal for your body and hormones.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup celery stalks, chopped
- 1 cup carrots, peeled and chopped
- 1 cup parsnips, peeled and chopped
- ½ cup white onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 cups dried porcini mushrooms
- 2 cups shiitake mushrooms, tough stems removed, chopped into ½- to 1-inch pieces
- 2 cups portobello mushrooms, sliced lengthwise into ½-inch pieces
- 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
- 2 bay leaves, dried
- 1 ½ teaspoons sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon cracked black pepper
- 8 cups filtered water
- Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large pot or Dutch oven, then add the celery, carrots, parsnips and onion. Cook 6-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and cook 1 minute longer until fragrant.
- Add mushrooms, thyme, bay leaves, pepper, salt and water to the pot then bring to a boil. Lower the heat to a steady simmer and cook, uncovered, about 25 minutes or so, until the liquid has reduced and the root vegetables are soft.
- Discard thyme sprigs and bay leaves. Remove two to three cups of vegetables with liquid from the pot and purée until smooth in a blender. Stir puréed vegetables back into the pot to slightly thicken the stew.
- Taste and adjust seasoning. Serve immediately.
- Storage: Cool stew to room temperature. Ladle into a large bowl and cover. Refrigerate for up to 5 days.
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- Guillamón, Eva et al. “Edible mushrooms: role in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases.” Fitoterapia vol. 81,7 (2010): 715-23.
- Panda, Mrunmaya K et al. “Promising Anti-cancer Therapeutics From Mushrooms: Current Findings and Future Perceptions.” Current pharmaceutical biotechnology vol. 22,9 (2021)
- Dai, Xiaoshuang et al. “Consuming Lentinula edodes (Shiitake) Mushrooms Daily Improves Human Immunity: A Randomized Dietary Intervention in Healthy Young Adults.” Journal of the American College of Nutrition vol. 34,6 (2015)