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Thai-Style Mushroom Soup

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(NC) - Inspired from the kitchens of rural Thailand, this soup is quick and easy to make. The subtle flavours blend with coconut milk to make a great start to your dinner or it can be served on it's own as a light lunch.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes - Cooking Time: 20 minutes


  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil 30 mL
  • 1 lb fresh sliced white and crimini Mushrooms 500 g
  • 1/2 cup Each diced onion, celery and carrot 125 mL
  • 3 cups vegetable broth 750 mL
  • 1 can (398 mL) lite coconut milk 1
  • 1/3 cup diced red pepper 75 mL
  • 2 tsp finely grated fresh gingerroot 10 mL
  • 1 tsp Each dried basil and cumin 5 mL
  • 1/4 tsp salt 1 mL
  • 1/8 - 1/4 tsp hot red pepper flakes 0.5-1 mL
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro (optional) 50 mL
  • 2 tbsp sliced green onion 30 mL


In large deep non-stick saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat.

Saute mushrooms, onion, celery and carrot 3-5 minutes. Add vegetable broth; bring to boil and simmer, covered, 5 minutes.

Add coconut milk, red pepper, gingerroot, basil, cumin, salt and hot red pepper flakes; return to boil, simmer, covered, 10 minutes. Stir in cilantro just before serving. Sprinkle each serving with green onion.

Variation: Add 2 tsp (10 mL) sesame oil just before serving

Recipe Adapted from Fleming Colleges' entry into the Make it with Mushrooms Student Chef Challenge Fall 2007. Recipe received second place.

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Serving Size: Makes 6 Appetizer or 4 Main Course Servings

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