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Potato Portobello Soup Recipe

Posted on 8th of December, 2010 by Lévana


I like to keep my soups meatless at all costs (unless of course the meat or poultry is the star, as in beef soup or chicken soup). I recreate a very realistic natural meatless chicken broth in this wonderful soup by using white miso paste and dry sherry or sake. If you would rather not use potatoes, explore with other white roots, all suitable and all great: Celery root, turnips, parsnips, etc….


1/3 cup olive oil

4 large leeks, white and light green parts, sliced

1 1/2 pounds cremini or Portobello mushrooms, sliced

1 cup dry sherry or sake (liquor stores)

8 cups water

3 large yukkon potatoes, cut into large chunks

6 sprigs thyme, leaves only

2 good pinches saffron

4 bay leaves, or 1/2 teaspoon ground

1 cup white miso paste

4 cups milk or dairy-free milk, low-fat OK

Good pinch nutmeg

Ground pepper to taste


Heat the oil in a wide heavy pot, and add the leeks. Sauté until translucent. Add the mushrooms and sauté until all liquids evaporate. Add the sherry, water, potatoes, thyme, saffron and bay leaves, and bring to a boil. Reduce to medium and cook, covered, one hour. Add the miso, milk, nutmeg and pepper and heat through, another 3-4 minutes. Cream with an immersion blender. Adjust the texture and seasonings. Makes a dozen ample servings.

Filed under: Kosher Natural Foods, Kosher Whole Foods Recipes, Lean Classics Recipes, Low Gluten Recipes, Natural Foods Recipes, Pareve Recipes, Portobello Recipes, Potato recipes, Soup Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes

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6 Questions

  1. Ria, on Said:

    so happy to have made this! it’s wonderfully nourishing, just what i needed. sad that there’s no image, though!

    • Lévana, on Said:

      Ria I just added a picture. But really, the picture is just ….. a bowl of soup. Quite often I feel a picture is quite unnecessary. Since the recipe is so clear and comes out so delicious I can’t understand why not including a picture of it is sad. You seem to have figured it out OK!

    • Ria, on Said:

      i like to use pinterest to organize the recipes that i find online. i’m so glad to see your picture! just made this again tonight, with the proper amounts of things! (i was using far fewer mushrooms than it called for the first time around). i added some shiitakes in place of a small portion of the portobellos and it was just as lovely! very forgiving soup. :)

  2. rivkas, on Said:

    where do I get white miso paste? also, in the liquor store, do I look for sherry or sake in the kosher wine section? is all sake kosher?

    • Lévana, on Said:

      Hi Rivka,
      Miso paste: In any health food store. Sherry in the kosher section. Sake might be in the general section but several brands have a kosher sign (even though strictly speaking they don’t need one: it’s rice-based, not grape-based)