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Tuscan Wild Mushroom Creamy Soup

tuscan mushroom soup recipe vegan

Creamy Vegan Mushroom Soup

This comforting mushroom soup recipe is vegan friendly and really easy to make. Using garlic, oregano, thyme and smoked paprika it picks up flavours from the Mediterranean but with a smokey kick. Perfect for autumn nights, lets take a look at the recipe below.

Recipe Breakdown

Wild Mushrooms – Choosing wild mushrooms for this dish will give a slight variation in flavour and texture just from the mushrooms alone. I used a mix of oyster, chestnut and shiitake within this soup.

Herbs-  Using mediterranean herbs such as oregano, basil, and thyme with a little touch of smoked paprika adds a really beautiful depth of flavour. When you’re frying the mushrooms, onion and garlic in the herbs and oil it smells INCREDIBLE.

Cream- Traditionally with this soup you need a heavy cream which is basically a cream that has a higher fat content. There are loads of ‘creams’ within the plant based market at the moment so whether you use a soy based cream,  or an oat based cream it will work. I used Oatly single cream in this. When I add the butter to the recipe is helps thicken this as though it were a ‘heavy’ cream.

Cornflour- This is a brilliant ingredient. Naturally gluten free and brilliant at thickening soups and stocks. I added around 1tbsp to thicken this up however you can add as little or as much as you like (within reason, I wouldn’t add more than 2tbsp)

Vegetable Stock-  I use boiling water mixed with a good quality vegetable stock cube. If you’re doubling up the recipe, don’t forget to double up the stock cubes too!


wild mushroom tuscan soup vegan

Cooking Tips

Fry off the vegetables first

Frying off the onion, garlic, herbs and mushrooms first allows the mushrooms to caramelise in the butter. If you fry in a good quality non stick pan for around 6-7 minutes it gives the mushrooms and peppers enough time to start to get a beautiful glaze before adding the stock and cream.

Add the stock before the cream

When you add the stock you want to get the temperature to a low simmer first which will give the water enough time to start to mix all of those beautiful flavours from the vegetables. Turn the temperature right down so it’s not simmering or bubbling then add the cream. You don’t want the temperature too hot as the cream can separate / spoil.

Add crusty fresh or toasted bread at the end

Adding buttered toast or bread, or even leftover breadcrumbs will make a really delicious crunch in contrast to the creamy soup.


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Tuscan Wild Mushroom Soup

Creamy wild mushroom soup inspired by the classic Tuscan soup. Flavours or thyme, oregano, garlic and smoked paprika brought together with a heavy (vegan) cream to make an indulgent comfort food.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Servings 2 People

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 white onion finely diced
  • 1 orange pepper chopped into large bite size pieces
  • 2 tbsp Pure Dairy Free Sunflower Spread
  • 5-6 sun dried tomatoes chopped into small chunks
  • 200 g mixed mushrooms chopped
  • 400 ml veg stock made with boiling water and 1/2 stock cube
  • 200 ml plant based cream can also use oat based creme fraiche

Herbs

  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • Large pinch salt & pepper
  • 1 tbsp cornflour to thicken, optional

Instructions
 

Method:

  • Add the Pure spread to a deep pan, place on a medium heat then add the onions and fry for around 5 minutes
  • Add the minced garlic cloves, sundried tomatoes, pepper and mushrooms to the pan along with all of the herbs and fry for a further 6-7 minutes
  • Once the mushrooms have browned add the vegetable stock, give a stir then reduce the heat right down
  • Add the cream and stir together, taste test adding more seasoning / herbs if needed
  • Serve with a slice of crusty bread & a generous slather of vegan butter

Notes

Try adding plant based chorizo to add a real smokey flavour

If you like this recipe why not try my harissa and potato soup.

Chickpea and potato stew vegan

Dinner Recipe

Potato & Cauliflower Soup With Harissa

cauliflower and potato soup vegan recipe

Hearty Cauliflower and Potato Soup

Packed with flavour, this harissa cauliflower and potato soup is hearty, filling and perfect for the colder months of the year. Completely vegan and gluten free, it’s perfect to make for friends and family.


Ingredients Breakdown

Potato and Cauliflower- The main bulk of the soup comes from the potatoes and cauliflower which help make this soup / stew extra hearty. I find that if you dice the potatoes into bite size pieces it keeps the cooking time nice and low.

Harissa- I’ve used a homemade harissa as I prefer the flavour which I’ve linked here. If you buy shop bought, the flavour can be quite concentrated so make sure you use the 1tbsp instead of the recommended 3tbsp for homemade.

Chargrilled Peppers- Using the jarred chargrilled peppers marinated in olive oil usually adds a kick of flavour. They’re smokey and have a gorgeous texture that works really well in this stew.

Chickpeas- This is an optional ingredient but I find it helps bulk out the recipe, especially if cooking for a bunch of people.

Vegetable Stock- If doubling up this recipe, remember to double up the stock. I’ve used just boiling water and a stock cube (with an extra half for this recipe). Keep your eye out for reduced salt stock cubes too, that way you can add salt yourself when taste testing.


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Potato & Cauliflower Harissa Soup

Packed with flavour, this harissa cauliflower and potato soup is hearty, filling and perfect for the colder months of the year. Completely vegan and gluten free, it's perfect to make for friends and family.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 200 g drained chickpeas
  • 1 small cauliflower head chopped into bite size florets
  • 1 red onion finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic finely diced / pressed
  • 4 jersey potatoes diced into bite size pieces
  • 2 chargrilled peppers I use the ones jarred in olive oil
  • 1.2 l vegetable stock I use boiling water and 1 1.5 stock cubes
  • ½ cup passata can use tinned chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 heaped tsp smoked paprika
  • 3 tbsp harissa paste if using shop bought harissa only add 1 level tbsp
  • 100 g spinach fresh or frozen

For the toasted seed topping

  • 1 tsp black sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp white sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp cashew nuts

Instructions
 

  • Finely dice the red onion and fry off in 1tbsp of olive oil until softened, then add the minced garlic and fry for a further 60 seconds
  • Add the chopped peppers, drained chickpeas, and chopped potatoes and fry for a further 5 minutes in the pan
  • Then add the stock, harissa and all the spices and bubble for 15 minutes
  • Add the spinach and cook for a further 3 minutes
  • In a small frying pan add the seeds and bring to a medium heat to toast for the last 5 minutes whilst the soup is bubbling
  • Most important part - taste test the soup, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste
  • Serve up in a bowl and top with an extra drizzle of harissa and the toasted seeds

Notes

  1. Add the finely diced garlic to the pan with the olive oil, then place on a medium heat. This helps prevent the onion from browning quickly
  2. If using my home made harissa (recipe here) add around 3 tbsp to the soup, however if using a shop bought, this can have a much more concentrated flavour so only use 1 level tbsp.

 

 

If you like this recipe why not try my Tuscan Wild Mushroom Soup

vegan mushroom tuscan soup