Creamy wild mushroom soup

Creamy wild mushroom soup – without the cream! [vegan + gluten free]

You don’t need butter or cream to make a heavenly, velvety, rich soup. This recipe transforms a handful of basic ingredients in to a gloriously comforting and flavourful winter dish.

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes

Serves 3 – 4


Handful of dried mushrooms, soaked for 15-20 minutes in boiling water
2 tbsp herb infused good quality olive oil
1/2 large white onion, finely chopped
3 large cloves of garlic, peeled and finely sliced
320 g fresh chestnut mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
4 tsp vegetable bouillon powder
600 ml cold water
A few tbsp pesto
Handful of fresh basil
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


Start by placing your dried mushrooms in mug full of boiling water. Leave them to soften up whilst preparing all of the vegetables; finely dice the onion, finely slice the garlic, and slice the mushrooms. I clean mushrooms with a vegetable brush. Avoid immersing them in water as they absorb it all.

Add the olive oil (I have a few bottles on the go infused with different homegrown herbs) to a medium-sized saucepan and gently heat. Add the onions and garlic immediately. Cook on a gentle heat for 5-7 minutes / until the onion becomes translucent. Next, add the chestnut mushrooms and bouillon powder.

Keep stirring every so often. Once the mushrooms have become tender, add the pre-soaked dried mushrooms, stir, add water, bring to the boil, cover with a lid and cook for a further 15 minutes. Allow the soup to cool slightly before pouring in to a blender. The key to getting a creamy soup is blending it for a long time. Remember to give your blender a break every 40-60 seconds. In total I blend for 2.5 minutes. Transfer the soup back to the saucepan, warm through, and season as desired. To serve: drizzle a little homemade pesto and add some fresh basil.

By Lara Smallman