Vegan Pan Asian Mushroom Soup

This soup is all about the broth. Layers of flavor come together to create a complex broth in a relatively short amount of time.

It has a strong chinese influence, but it draws from various cultures.

It's great on its own and delicious over rice too. All the flavor is in that deep, dark, unctuous broth.

1 pint mushrooms, diced
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 large red bell pepper, diced
3/4 cup diced carrots
1 poblano pepper, diced
2 jalapeno peppers, minced
1 serrano pepper, minced
1 cup chopped kale
1 can kidney beans, rinsed
1 can black beans, rinsed

4 cups water
3 tbls olive oil
1 tbl horseradish, the one with just vinegar, no mayo
1 tbl soy sauce
2 tsps chinese mustard
2 tsps dill
2 tsps crushed pepper flakes
2 tsps celery seed
1 tsp coriander seed
1 tsp paprika
3 tsps salt
1 tsp black pepper

In a large stock pot cook down your mushrooms with 1 tsp salt. I used cremini mushrooms, but it's dealer's choice. When they start to take on a little color add olive oil. Give it a stir the add th…

Sweet and Hot Pepper Puree

Aldi had a one pound bag of sweet mini peppers for $1.69, so it seemed like a great reason for a puree. The peppers were all reds, oranges and yellows so I knew they would taste great.

I diced some for a broth I made for cooking barley and beans, but that's another post.

I wanted a sauce that I could put on salads, bagels, use for dipping and on sandwiches.

10 sweet mini peppers roasted
5 large cloves garlic roasted
1 cup cilantro leaves
1/2 japalpeno
1 habernero
1 lime - zest and juice
1 tbl canola oil
2 tbls white vinegar
1/4 cup water
salt, pepper

Preheat oven to 400 F. Roast peppers on a sheet tray for 7 minutes. Use a tongs to turn over. Add whole garlic cloves. Roast another 6 minutes.

When peppers have cooled, cut into smaller pieces and discard seeds and stems. Add to blender. Remove cilantro leaves from stems and also add to blender.

Add remaining ingredients.

Puree until smooth. Taste. Add more salt and pepper if needed.

If I had a better blender or a food processor I would omit the water. I might also try 2 limes and no vinegar.

But it turned out great.

You can eat it right away. But it'll thicken up quite a lot if chilled for at least a few hours.  The flavors will also have a chance to marry.