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Tonic Mushroom Soup Recipe with Root Vegetables

Dried mushrooms laying on counter spilling from wooden bowl

Always on the hunt for new and delicious herbal recipes, I was excited to come across this hearty dried mushroom and root soup by the incredible herbalist, Juliet Blankespoor. This healthful mushroom soup recipe is perfect for chilly fall and winter evenings. It’s mild enough for most palettes and lends itself nicely to personalized culinary touches such as hot sauce, infused herbal salts, gomasio, or miso. This soup is a true tonic and helpful in supporting immune health throughout the year.

Many thanks to Juliet for sharing this tasty recipe with us! I can’t recommend her school and blog enough. If you haven’t already, I recommend you check out the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine. You’re sure to come away herbally inspired!

Hand cutting carrots on chopping board near celery

Bowls filled with mushroom tonic soup and topped with cilantro

(Photo Credit: Juliet Blankespoor)

Vegan Mushroom Soup Recipe for Immune Support

Serves six and makes about one gallon.


  1. Soak the mushrooms, astragalus, and nori in four cups of water overnight, stored in the refrigerator.
  2. The next day add the soaked water, mushrooms, and nori into a large pot with an additional five and a half cups of water. Cover and simmer for one hour.
  3. Chop the onions, sweet potato, potato, celery, and carrots into one-inch pieces. Set aside.
  4. Mince the garlic and set aside.
  5. Warm the olive oil and sauté the onions for a few minutes until softened, then add the chopped vegetables, except the garlic, and continue to sauté for ten minutes, continuously stirring.
  6. When the mushrooms and nori have simmered for one hour, add the sautéed vegetables, dried herbs, and vegetable broth to the mushroom-seaweed pot. Simmer for another 15 to 20 minutes, until the root vegetables are soft.
  7. Add the cooking greens and cook for a few minutes until tender, but still green.
  8. Turn off the heat and add salt or tamari, to taste, along with the minced garlic and balsamic vinegar. Remove the astragalus and reishi slices by hand.
  9. Garnish with fresh parsley and scallions.

Pro tip: Miso can be added in lieu of salt or tamari. Enjoy with a light garnish of gomasio and red pepper flakes.

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Topics: Culinary, Herbalism


Written by Mason on September 4, 2018

Mason, Events and Outreach Strategist, is a native Eugenean and works with our herbal educator partners and attends and coordinates events we sponsor. When he isn’t busy setting up our beautiful sustainable booth and connecting with herbalists, he studies Western Herbalism, collects spring water with his little one in Cascadia, and runs his own website dedicated to herbalism (HerbRally.com).