Mystic Mushroom and Quinoa Chowder Recipe -
Mystic Mushroom and Quinoa Chowder Recipe
  • READY IN 40 mins

Mystic Mushroom and Quinoa Chowder

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"A tasty soup with mushrooms and quinoa; great as a first course or a wonderful accompaniment to a salad or sandwich for a meal."

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  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    40 mins


  1. Toast quinoa in a dry, heavy skillet over medium heat until fragrant.
  2. In a large saucepan or stockpot, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat. Stir in onions, and cook until caramelized, about 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in quinoa, mushrooms, and molasses; cook until mushrooms release their liquid, adding a little chicken stock if necessary to facilitate cooking. Add remaining chicken stock, and bring to a boil; reduce heat to low, and let simmer for 18 to 20 minutes, or until quinoa is cooked.
  3. Meanwhile, melt 1 tablespoon butter in a skillet over medium heat. Cook shiitake mushrooms in butter until softened; set aside.
  4. Puree soup in a food processor or blender, and return to saucepan. Stir in cream, and heat (DO NOT BOIL). Season with salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with creme fraiche, shiitake mushrooms, and chives.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 12, 2005

A great soup for mushroom lovers! We made a few changes to make it heavy cream, just milk, and Un-chicken broth to make it vegetarian. And no creme fraiche either. Had to use portabello instead of shiitake, but tasted fine...even used extra mushrooms. Added garlic too, and honey for molasses. Made a complete meal with salad and bread. A great way to add a new whole grain to your diet!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 27, 2008

I was very disappointed in this recipe. Followed the directions exactly and the result was not good. Since the quinoa I have requires rinsing before using I had to rinse an hour before beginning to cook. I spread the cleansed grains in a skillet to dry then toasted. The quinoa was the best part of the recipe. Will go back to my old recipe which includes leeks, ginger, soy sauce and red wine. I will include the toasted quinoa however, that is a nice addition. This recipe tasted too bland and too much like the cream.

Sep 09, 2004

I'm an avid soup-lover, and I could eat soup all day... And this is hands-down one of the best soup recipes I've ever had! A few substitutions I made: honey for the molasses, Rapunzel Sea Salt and Herbs veggie stock for the chicken, and I was out of cream, so none of that. Mmm mmm mmm! Try it, I don't think you'll be disappointed!

Oct 25, 2007

I made it vegan, and it's still good! I'm currently on an elimination diet which means I can eat virtually -nothing.- So, I replaced the butter with olive oil, the chicken stock with Repunzel's Sea Salt & Herbs, and the heavy cream with rice milk. It's not really your usual "chowder" consistency, but it doesn't taste like it's missing anything. Recommended, even for vegans and vegetarians, or for those watching their weight.

Sep 09, 2006

I love mushroom soups, but wanted to try this since it was healthier and less fattning. I liked it. I did not puree the vegies because I like my soups chunkier. After it was done, it seemed to miss something so I also added 1/8 cup of dry sherry. That was the trick, but then sherry is a wonderful addition to ANY mushroom soup recipe.

Mar 01, 2010

first time using quinoa and this is great :) substituted molasses with honey, cream with low fat milk, no creme fraiche.

May 26, 2010

Loved it, subed milk for the cream. It wasn't a child pleaser though, but just the more for me!

Apr 27, 2010

Our whole family likes this soup. We add shitake mushrooms, try to use shallots when we have them, use a bit of yogurt to thicken it, and skip the food processing entirely. It's easy to make and my kids, ages 2 and almost 4, eat it up!


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  • Calories
  • 340 kcal
  • 17%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 20.9 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 90 mg
  • 30%
  • Fat
  • 26.8 g
  • 41%
  • Fiber
  • 2.3 g
  • 9%
  • Protein
  • 6.2 g
  • 12%
  • Sodium
  • 938 mg
  • 38%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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