Shitake and Leek Soup

So many little bubbles

This comes together quickly and is a nice light soup. It’d be a great first course or a light lunch. Or place a toasted piece of day old bread at the bottom of the bowl before adding soup for a light dinner.

Shitake and Leek Soup

  • 1-2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 leek
  • 2 serrano peppers, diced
  • 2 14-ounce cans low-sodium beef broth
  • 2 cups dried shitake (about half a 2.5 ounce pack)
  • 16 ounces button or shitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 1-inch chunk fresh ginger
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce
  • salt/pepper
  • juice from 1/2 lime

Place dried shitakes in a bowl or large measuring cup. Bring a tea kettle to a boil. Pour hot water over shitakes and let sit. Chop white section of leek in thin slices. Reserve green section for a broth or another dish. In a large stock pan, heat oil over medium heat. Add white parts of leak and cook for about five minutes. Throw in the hot peppers and season with salt and pepper. Pour in the water from the shitakes. Dice the rehydrated mushrooms and throw them in the pot. Throw in remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Add about a half cup to a cup of water if the mushrooms need some swimming room. Remove from heat and adjust seasoning as needed. Divide among bowls. Discard ginger chunk or save for a broth.


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This blog attempts to collect some of the things I try to create with food and booze. Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I fail. My hope is to entertain and maybe help people think a little harder about what they decide to eat and drink.
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17 Responses to Shitake and Leek Soup

  1. TasteFood says:

    I love shiitakes and leeks – especially together.

  2. A_Boleyn says:

    Sounds like an intriguingly flavourful soup.

  3. ChgoJohn says:

    I saw this post’s title in my Inbox and fully expected a photo of a cream-based soup. This is so much better and, wIthout cream, I bet you can really taste the leek and Shitake.

  4. rsmacaalay says:

    The shiitake would definitely give it a nice earthy flavour

  5. Lovely shot, guys. Really looks good.

  6. Very nourishing soup on a cold day!

  7. Mad Dog says:

    I love all the bubbles πŸ™‚

  8. It looks beautiful – bet it tasted great!

  9. Nice one – and very warming on a rainy day – even from the photo!

  10. Eva Taylor says:

    Freezing rain, cold wind and just plain dark and dreary, this soup is sure to brighten up today.

  11. sallybr says:

    Love everything about this soup, and the photo is magical!

  12. Kristy says:

    I love anything with shitake mushrooms. I always keep them on hand. And I’m on a total soup kick lately. It just adds comfort to everything. πŸ™‚

  13. This sounds really delightful, especially as a counterpoint to all the heavy holiday foods.

  14. I’ve only ever had leeks in a cream soup. Would be interesting to try them in a broth-based soup.

  15. rayandskye says:

    This looks and sounds delicious.

  16. egg me on says:

    I’m not shitake-ing you, this soup sounds fantastic.

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