10 May 2013

creamy mushroom soup with avocado + miso

I love raw soups. They are basically savoury smoothies that you top up with herbs and veggies and eat with a spoon. Okay, maybe that isn't the most appealing way to describe them, but my point is: they are full of only the healthiest whole foods your body wants, and served in a way that is easy for your system to absorb. You get excellent nutrition that much quicker... and it tastes freaking amazing.  

My favourite type of raw soup (although there are several worthy competitors) is mushroom soup. I tried adding an avocado this time and the result was magnificent. I think my mom was reading my mind the day I made this because I was going to use the normal white mushrooms we usually have in the fridge, when she came home with fresh shitakes and portobellos. Shitakes are my all time fave shroom! I highly recommend marinating the mushrooms you will use for the garnish. All you have to do is rub them with tamari and a bit of olive oil, then leave them in the dehydrator or on the counter while you make the soup. It brings out their rich flavours and softens them.

creamy mushroom soup with avocado + miso: serves two to four 

1 portobello mushroom 
3 shitake mushrooms
½ avocado
1-2 tablespoons miso
2 cups hot water
3 dates (optional) 
1 teaspoon walnut oil (optional) 

3 sliced shitake mushrooms, marinated in tamari for a few minutes 
Salt + pepper
¼ fresh cilantro leaves 

Blend all the ingredients until smooth and adjust according to taste. Pour into bowls and top with mushrooms, cilantro and sprinkle on salt and pepper, if desired. 


The Vegan Cookie Fairy said...

This looks gorgeous, but to be perfectly honest, I shudder a bit when I think of raw soups. I've tried many of your smoothies before and loved them, but raw soups just don't taste appealing to me. I wish they did, though! Maybe it's just because my taste buds aren't used to a broad range of raw (especially savoury) ingredients?

Em von Euw said...

Haha aww bummer! Yeah that's probably it, it takes time to adjust. I used to hate pineapple!

vegan miam said...

I concur, too. I love raw desserts and smoothies, but it's just difficult to eat raw soups. Any way to warm them up asap? I made raw avocado soup with sour cream before, but it was kind of like dipping sauce for me.

Beautiful photos, btw and happy #FF to you, too.

♡ rika, vegan miam
★ we travel + eat vegan blog ★

Terri said...

I like the idea of making this in my Vita-Mix and letting it run until the soup warms. That would still be high raw, right?

Em von Euw said...

That is still totally raw! ;) Also, using hot water makes it pretty warm.


Unknown said...

This sounds so delicious! I actually just had a soup similar to this one during my raw vegan cleanse! 1 more week to go!

Anonymous said...

What could be used in place of the miso I have everything except that on hand? Thanks

Anonymous said...

Perfect recipe! Love raw soup as well and this one sounds like a winner!

Thess said...

Looks so good:) I love mushrooms (I am quite certain I am an adopted hobbit) but I have never tried raw mushroom soup before. Excellent recipe:)

Lill said...

This looks very edible, yum! How hot should the water be when I add it to the other ingredients? Like boiling hot?

All the best, from Northern Norway! :)

Em von Euw said...

Hey! Honestly, it's up to you. It depends on how hot you want the soup. I don't think I'd personally use boiling water because that could damage the nutrients in the other ingredients though.

Anonymous said...

Wow. I love the idea of the marinated mushrooms as a topping. Yum! Are you using your dehydrator a lot these days? Just looked at your previous two posts and it looks like it's really useful to have one!

Lill said...

OK, then I will neither. I do want all the good nutrients. :)

Koko said...

I love raw soups....and raw mushroom soup is SO flavourful! Mmmm! Miso is like my favourite thing ever, too, so this is def a winner! I do the vita-mix method, letting it run till it's warm.

Anonymous said...

what's the health risk of eating raw mushrooms? :/


Anonymous said...

Just made this tonight, can confirm it is absolutely delicious :) Thanks Emily!

Anonymous said...

Emily, this sounds delish. Is it it right that you only use 1 portobello and 3 shitake mushrooms for this soup? x

Em von Euw said...

@Anonymous - plus another 3 for the "garnish" ;)