Move over bone broth – there’s a new “super-broth” in town! Here’s how to make a mushroom broth that’s pretty magical (for your health)…
For the past few years, it seems like everyone has been talking about bone broth. Restaurants, cafes, and even grocery stores have started selling this much-touted health elixir, which is believed to provide a number of health benefits including improved gut health, better skin, stronger bones and muscles, and more. However, it turns out that mushroom broth may be just as magical – if not more so! Even mushroom broth made from regular mushrooms instead of medicinal types of mushrooms is high in vitamins and minerals and may help to improve gut health, immune health, lower cholesterol, and more. It’s also delicious – with a savory umami flavor that goes well in all types of soups, stews, and other dishes.
Below is a delicious mushroom broth recipe that can serve as the base for any number of healthy and tasty dishes. Feel free to substitute for or omit ingredients you don’t have on hand, or use dried mushrooms if you prefer. You can also add in dulse, fennel, parsnips, or other ingredients to change up the flavors as desired. Leftover mushroom stems from portobello and cremini mushrooms are great additions to the broth. You can save these in a bag or container in the freezer until you are ready to make a batch.
Health-Boosting Mushroom Broth
(Makes 8 cups.)
- 8 cups water
- 4 large reishi mushroom slices
- 8 to 10 shiitake mushrooms
- 1/2 cup dried chaga mushrooms
- 1 small onion, roughly chopped
- 1 cup celery with tops, roughly chopped
- 1 cup carrots, roughly chopped
- 2-inch piece fresh ginger, roughly chopped
- 1 tbsp sea salt, plus more to taste
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp white or red miso paste
- Place all of the ingredients in a slow cooker on low. Cook for 3-4 hours, stirring once every hour.
- Strain contents through a sieve. Reserve broth. Discard everything except for the shiitake mushrooms, which can be saved for future dishes.
- Drink cold or hot, or use in delicious soups like the one at the bottom of this page.