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Shiitake Mushroom Soup in Red Bowl

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Shiitake Mushroom Soup with Clear Broth in a Red-Trimmed Bowl

I was in mood for a mushroom soup with no grains, and so I came up with this recipe. To photograph it for a post, I put in a red china bowl. This prompted my daughter to eat it; she insisted on eating it in the red china bowl. You see, presentation does count!


  • 8 oz. shiitake mushrooms
  • 8 oz. baby bell mushrooms
  • 1 leek
  • 1 zucchini (or substitute other greens, such as bits of kale or collards)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. mirin (rice wine – or substitute 1 tsp. dry wine)
  • 1 tsp. miso
  • chopped scallions
  • 1 tsp. sea salt

How to Make the Soup

Saute the chopped onion in a bit of olive oil. Slit the leek in half; wash out any particles inside the leek. Cut in half and put in with the onion. Chop the zucchini and put it in with the onion. Add chopped mushrooms. Cover with water and add at least 1 cup more water. Cook until all is tender. Add sea salt and wine. Add miso at the end. Sprinkle with scallions and serve.

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Robin from Israel says

Sounds delicious. I should try it, I rarely make clear soups these days, I seem to have fallen out of the habit.

Ilana-Davita says

Great idea to combine a full recipe with RT. Thanks for sharing both the photos and such a yummy looking recipe.

Leora says

Thanks. I was going to post in on Thursday, and then I thought, why rush through writing it if it has a red-trimmed bowl? Works great for Ruby Tuesday.

Hootin' Anni says

One of my favorites!!!! A good piece of toasted garlic bread and what a meal! Yum.

I posted an ornament...a 50+ year old ornament!

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Leora says

yes, this would go nicely with toasted garlic bread.

Ralph says

Nice soup, the freshness and earthiness combine well in this broth. Vegetable add a satisfying texture, the mushrooms are divine. Lovely presentation, too. We do so often eat with our eyes, this looks delicious...

Patti V. says

Ah yes, presentation is everything! I say that sometimes (jokingly) to Ralph when I give him a plate that doesn't look that great, even though the food is yummy. ;-)

I like what you wrote as captions on your daughter's photos.. very cute series of pix.

I love mushrooms. Ralph and I should try this. What is miso? I've had miso soup at a Japanese restaurant a few times.

Leora says

Miso is a tasty fermented soy paste. You can get it in a health food store.

Ivon says

It is very kind of you to share the recipe. Everyone that likes mushrooms will thank you. :)
Your daughter does look like she enjoyed the soup. Thanks for sharing.

The Cunning Runt says

This is making me WAY too hungry - I'm gonna go cook some chicken and rice and veggies!

Leora says

"chicken and rice and veggies" - sounds good. My kind of meal.

Kim says

I love that soup...send me please ^_^.

My Red Tuesday Here

Happily Retired Gal says

Yum ... looks delicious in your lovely red rimmed bowl ;-)
Hugs and blessings,

Ellie says

Now this is the most important part - daughter approved! Hope you gave her a second helping :)I would definitely ask for one :)You are the master of the mushrooms - I only do them now on your recepie with greens.

Leora says

I do like mushrooms a lot. I confess!

Missy Jane says

So thoughtful of you for sharing the recipe, surely it's a yummy soup.

chubskulit says

My husband love that soup!

Here's my Snowy Chinese RT

Marites says

i like mushroom soups and it looks like your daughter likes it too:) happy RT!

Carletta says

Sounds wonderful. My Hubs would love it.
Love the photo. As some of my favorite cooking shows would state, 'well plated' !!!

Nonizamboni says

What a perfect post! The soup, the pretty bowl and that smile [missing one tooth] :O)
Thanks for the recipe. I'll think of you as I pick out the best shitakes today.

mizhelle says

that looks interestingly yummy!

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Jew Wishes says

What wonderful photos! I like the presentation, and yes it does count, you are right! Especially with our children.

I love the expressions on your daughter's face. She has a lovely and infectious smile! :)

The recipe sounds delicous...I'm drooling...please pass me a napkin. :)

Dianne says

looks delicious, your daughter is enjoying it :)

Paz says

Beautiful bowl and delicious-looking and sounding soup. Perfect for Tuesday's cold weather.


P.S. Thanks for providing the recipe, too.

chiewilks says

oh...such a yummy entry for Ruby that plate and I can use a little sip of that soup for this cold season...

mine is here

ramblingwoods says

Now that is a soup I would really enjoy.. Your daughter is so precious....Michelle

ita says

Hi, what can I use instead of the wine?

Leora says

You could just skip it. Or you could use a drop of tamari (a kind of soy sauce). Good question.

Klara LeVine says

so glad you reposted this on fb - no idea how I missed it (unless it was before we "met.") What you described is very much like our dashi soup, which is my absolute favorite. (this is just one example: I like adding grated ginger, little cubes of tofu if I have, and carrots cut into flower shapes (I'm still working on perfecting this) - then I add udon noodles - and scallions at end

Leora says

Mmm, ginger. Maybe I will add some ginger to my soup. Carrots in flower shapes sounds like a good activity to try with my daughter.