Hearty Matsutake Mushroom Soup Recipe

Matsutake mushrooms, the star of this matsutake mushroom soup recipe, are a prized ingredient in Japanese cuisine known for their unique aroma and flavor. Their distinct taste is earthy yet slightly spicy, which beautifully complements the savory chicken broth base of this soup. The addition of shallots and garlic adds depth to the dish while freshly ground black pepper provides a subtle kick. Enjoy crafting this hearty matsutake mushroom soup that promises an unforgettable culinary experience with every spoonful.
read time
1 minutes


Prep Time
10 minutes
Active Time
30 minutes
Total Time
40 minutes
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Japanese Fusion


Hearty Matsutake Mushroom Soup Recipe
- 1 cup of matsutake mushrooms, sliced
- 4 cups of chicken broth
- 2 shallots, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- A pinch of salt to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Chopped fresh chives for garnish
- 1 tablespoon olive oil


Step 1 - Prepare the ingredients

Begin by cleaning your matsutake mushrooms with a damp cloth. Slice them thinly and set aside.

Finely chop the shallots and mince the garlic cloves.

Step 2 - Saute the onions and garlic

In a large pot or dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat.  

Add in your chopped shallots and minced garlic into the pot and sauté until they become fragrant and translucent.

Step 3 - Add in mushrooms

Next, add in your sliced matsutake mushrooms to the pot and cook until they soften slightly - this should take about five minutes.

Step 4 - Add in broth and simmer

Pour in your chicken broth into the same pot as well as adding a pinch of salt according to preference along with freshly ground black pepper for that extra kick!

Allow everything to simmer together on low heat for around twenty minutes so all those wonderful flavors can meld together beautifully.

Step 5 - Garnish and serve

Once done cooking, remove from heat but let it sit for another few minutes before serving - this allows all those beautiful flavors time to really come through!

Serving: Ladle out individual servings into bowls straight from the stove! Garnish each bowl with some freshly chopped chives right before you serve up this delicious soup!

What are matsutake mushrooms?

Matsutake mushrooms are a rare and highly prized variety of edible fungi, native to Asia, North America, and Europe. Known for their distinct spicy-aromatic odor, these mushrooms grow in coniferous forests around the roots of trees. They're most commonly associated with Japanese cuisine where they're used in dishes like soups and rice due to their unique flavor profile. Due to factors such as habitat loss and difficulty in cultivation, matsutake mushrooms have become increasingly scarce over time making them an expensive delicacy worldwide. 

What do matsutake mushrooms taste like?

Matsutake mushrooms, a prized delicacy in Japanese cuisine, offer an exquisite flavor profile that is truly unique. They boast a robust and spicy aroma reminiscent of cinnamon, which complements their rich, earthy taste. The texture is firm yet succulent, providing a satisfying bite. Some connoisseurs also note subtle undertones of pine or cedar due to the mushroom's symbiotic relationship with tree roots in its natural habitat. Overall, Matsutake mushrooms deliver an unparalleled gastronomic experience for those seeking exotic flavors from nature's bounty. 

Where can I buy matsutake mushrooms?

Great question – check out our marketplace where you can buy matsutake mushrooms directly from foragers and cultivators! 

Read more here about matsutake mushrooms.

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