Monday, July 8, 2013

Mushroom Artichoke Soup ( Vegan)


Mushroom Artichoke Soup

 This is one of the best homemade mushroom soups that I have ever made. It's simple, it's vegan, and of course it's gluten free. The combination of mushrooms and artichokes is amazing. I know the temperatures outside have been brutally hot, but I love good soup anytime of the year. I find it soothing  and filling. AND  a bowl of this magical soup is zero Points Plus on Weight Watchers!!. I know I probably should be posting a chilled soup today.  So, if it's too hot  for you to eat soup right now, Pin it for the fall or winter.

When I served this soup ( before the heat wave) at a recent family dinner, my mother in law actually said that she loved it, my grand kids ages 2 and 5 ate it and asked for seconds, and there were positive comments from the rest of the gang.

Does that tell you anything? It's rare that the kids like a soup, so when my grandkids said they liked it, I knew this soup was a winner.

The recipe calls for white mushrooms and dehydrated Chinese type mushrooms ( I picked up a bag at Trader Joe's for $1.99)  which creates a wonderful flavorful broth. Dried mushrooms are very concentrated and rich in flavor. If you've never used them before, they are easy to use and will enrich any recipe that calls for mushrooms. In addition, the recipe calls for some vegetable broth. ( make your own ?)  The 4 cups of broth adds some flavor as well , so use a broth that you really like.

If you like mushrooms, you will like love this soup. Light and flavorful, this soup is great to serve for company or any week night dinner. If you don't mind the extra calories, add some cooked quinoa to each bowl  for a heartier soup.

Ingredients:
1 medium onion, chopped
1 package of sliced white mushrooms, cleaned
1 package of dehydrated mushrooms ( I bought mine at Trader Joe's )
1 package of  fresh frozen artichokes ( I bought mine at Trader Joe's)
1/4 cup grated carrot
4 cups of good tasting vegetable broth ( I used Tabatchnecks)
 Olive oil spray

Directions:

Place dehydrated mushrooms in 4 cups of water and allow to sit and hydrate for at least 15 minutes  or an hour.( follow directions according to package)
In a wide soup pot, saute onions and white mushrooms in olive oil spray until soft. Add the dehydrated mushrooms and the soaking water that you have soaked and hydrated an and bring to a boil.. Lower the heat and add the frozen artichokes ( you can defrost them first)  and grated carrot. Add vegetable broth and cook for an additional half hour.( Soup is never an exact science, depending on how much liquid your vegetables absorb or how flavorful your vegetables are) add 1/2 cup more vegetable broth if needed or 1/2 cup water if needed.

Dehydrated mushrooms
Dry Mushrooms  soaked and hydrated ( I bought mine  dry at Trader Joe's in a bag) 

                         Vegan Mushroom Soup

                            


Frozen Watermelon Smoothie
      If you want to cool off with something chilled and refreshing, try my frosty watermelon cooler
         
             



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33 comments:

  1. I love mushroom soup! And mushrooms are one thing my daughter (who is allergic to dairy) will actually eat! I'm going to try this!

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    1. I am surprised that my grandkids like mushrooms. Hope your daughter likes this soup.

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  2. Looks amazing! Makes me want to head to Kennett Square :) Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Is there a Trader Joe's in Kennett Square?

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  3. Ok, you had me a "mushroom" but then you took me to heaven and added "artichoke", lol!

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    1. I know! The combination is amazing!!

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  4. Definitely going to try this recipe! Sounds great!

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  5. I love mushrooms, will def have to try this!

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    1. Tina,
      I think that you will love it!

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  6. I have been on a Slurpee kick this pregnancy...your watermelon cooler looks so much better!

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    1. Throw some watermelon chunks in the freezer right now! Enjoy this watermelon cooler tomorrow!

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  7. Sounds like a tasty soup option and that watermelon frosty looks amazing!

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    1. Oh! The watermelon smoothie is amazingly refreshing in this hot weather. Everyone loves it ..

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  8. I am glad I found this recipe. My husban and teenie bopper went vegan recenty and I am looking for recipes for them.

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  9. This sounds amazing! Can't wait to try it.

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  10. I definitely need to try this once the cooler weather comes back. Thanks for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.

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  11. I love mushroom soup and have never had one with artichoke. I like the sound of that combination! And I know this must really be good for children to be enthusiastic about soup. I agree about the flavor dehydrated mushrooms give. I just wish they were available in my small town! I'll just stock up next time I go to the city. Thank you for linking, Judee.

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    1. The artichokes add a little richer flavor. The dehydrated mushrooms can be ordered online

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  12. I love mushrooms, and they are SOOO healthy for you. There has been some interesting studies on how they help shrink cancerous tumors! I have a little linky party going on and would love for you to share it if you like.
    http://www.glutenfreeyummy.com/alive-thrive-thursday/

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    1. I've heard that they are good for you too.. Dr. Fuhrman really encourages eating them in his latest book

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  13. Oh, I like the addition of the artichokes, yummy! Thanks for sharing on Hearth & Soul Hop. :)

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    1. The artichokes add some great flavor.

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  14. This looks great! Thanks so much for sharing it on Waste Not Want Not Wednesday, I've pinned it :)

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    1. Thanks so much for pinning it. I look forward to visiting again next week.

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  15. Hi Judee,
    Your mushroom soup looks delicious! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great summer weekend and come back to see me real soon!
    Miz Helen

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  16. Full Plate Thursday is one of my favorite blog carnivals. I'll see you next Thursday.

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  17. Your mushroom soup looks wonderful! I could also eat soup any time of the year so I'm looking forward to trying this one. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday!

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  18. I love a good mushroom soup and the addition of the artichoke hearts is perfect. Thanks for sharing it with Souper Sundays, (I agree with the good soup any time of the year philosophy too!) ;-)

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  19. Sounds great. I was thinking soup tonight too even though it is in the 80's here. Sometimes these just isn't anything better. :D Thanks for sharing.
    p

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  20. This sounds delicious! After our heat wave passes I will have to try this! ;-) Thanks for linking up to Good Tastes Tuesday!

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  21. This sounds terrfic -two ingredients I love and in a soup! Can't wait to try this! I am so delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  22. This is such a cool recipe!! Thanks for sharing on Gluten Free Fridays!

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