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Updated: May 27, 2021

To maximise the richness of colour and flavour of this soup, I choose the dark varieties of mushrooms available. Mushrooms are a good source of antioxidants, B vitamins and selenium. Selenium plays a vital role in thyroid function and immunity. It is a powerful antioxidant and helps to strengthen teeth, nails and hair.

Serves 4


150g portobello mushrooms

150g chestnut mushrooms

1 onion, roughly chopped

1 leek, roughly chopped

5 garlic cloves , crushed

15g organic butter

500 ml of homemade chicken stock

Freshly grated whole nutmeg

10 parsley stalks

5 sprigs thyme

1 tbsp chives, finely chopped

Sea salt and pepper


  • Heat butter in a pan. Once melted, add the onion, leeks and garlic and soften with the lid on for approximately 10 minutes (until cooked but not brown).

  • Wipe the mushrooms (don’t wash!), roughly chop and add them to the pan and continue to softly cook for a further 10 minutes.

  • Add the stock, parsley stalks, a little freshly grated nutmeg (use the smallest size of grater) and add seasoning to the pan and bring to the boil. Turn the heat down and simmer for 15 minutes.

  • Cool the soup slightly before blending in a liquidiser until smooth.

  • To serve, pour the soup back into a pan and bring up to temperature, checking the seasoning. Sprinkle with finely chopped chives.

* Take special care when liquidising the soup if it is still hot.

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