This umami packed and easy to make Mushroom Pho Soup recipe is made with hearty Portobello and flavor packed shiitake mushrooms; for the most delicious rich vegan broth based soup you've ever tried, seriously
Pho is a popular Vietnamese dish "...made by simmering beef bones, oxtails, flank steak, charred onion, charred ginger and spices. For a more intense flavor, the bones may still have beef on them"
But we knew we could create a vegetable based broth just as good; if not better. With three key ingredients - vegetable packed broth (store bought is great but if you have the time homemade is fantastic), kelp and mushrooms.
Sea kelp is a type of seaweed. "Kelp can taste very salty (like the ocean), or taste like a fresh oyster. It also can have a bit of an umami taste (natural Monosodium glutamate), which is a very savory taste". Check out the nutritious benefits of Sea kelp too. For a substitution you can try other types of seaweed but we really recommend using Sea Kelp. You can order online via Amazon.
Some other plant-based and gluten-free soup recipes for you
Depending on your appetite level you can also add any of the following to increase the amount of protein in this soup: spinach, tofu or a faux chicken product.
- 3 cups Low Sodium Vegetable broth
- 3-4 packages Mushrooms About 24 to 32 oz of mushrooms depending on size of container. Whatever you like Button, Portobello, Oyster
- 1 ounce Dried Shiitake mushrooms
- 3 Carrots (cut into chunks)
- 1 Onion (cut into chunks)
- 1 large piece - Kelp Kombu
- 4 - Bay Leaves
- ¼ cup Tamari sauce
- 2 Inch piece Ginger
- 2 teaspoons Chinese five spice powder
- 2 teaspoon Salt - add more per your taste preferences
- 2 tablespoons Olive Oil extra virgin for best results
- Rice Noodles
- 3 tablespoons Lime
- Spinach or Bok Choy
- In a large, heat proof bowl. Add the kelp and dried mushrooms. Cover with 2 cups of boiling water to rehydrate the mushroom (reserve this broth for later use in recipe). This should sit for an hour to get all the umani flavor.
Making the stock
- In a very large pot (like a dutch oven) add 3 cups of water and the 3 cups of vegetable broth.
- Prepare fresh mushrooms by separating mushroom caps and mushroom stems to be used in broth base. Reserving the caps for later use.
- Roughy chop the following; mushroom stems, carrots, onion, ginger, bay leaves, tamari soy and add to pot along with five spice powder. Note: in making the stock we will be discarding these vegetables. Bring to boil around 5 minutes and then reduce to simmer. Cover and let simmer for 60 minutes.
- In a large skillet add reserved mushroom caps, salt and pepper. Sauté mushrooms about 5 minutes until pan is dry. Reduce heat and cook another 10 minutes until mushroom are crisp. Set aside.
- Return to step 1, the bowl of kelp and dried mushrooms. Reserving the liquid. Strain kelp and rehydrated mushrooms. Discard kelp. Add reserved liquid to pot of broth. Lastly chop and add rehydrated mushrooms to broth. Cook another 5 minutes
- Add lime juice and bring mixture to boil then turn off heat.
- Cook rice noodles
- Put finished noodles in a bowl, add broth and garnish with red pepper flakes and parsley
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