This vegetarian-friendly riff on a classic bisque (usually made with lobster) is so rich and umami thanks to the abundance of mushrooms, you won’t even miss the crustaceans. 






Skill level

Average: 3.5 (3 votes)



  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 30 g dried porcini mushrooms
  • 450 g white button mushroom, sliced
  • 8 cups (2 L) vegetable stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp peppercorns
  • a few sprigs parsley
  • a few leaves sage
  • a few sprigs thyme


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 shallots, skin removed
  • 2 garlic cloves, skin removed
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) sherry vinegar
  • 300 g assorted mushrooms (cremini, Portobello, button, enoki), chopped in half
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) cream
  • pink salt, for topping
  • chives, chopped, for topping

Cook's notes

Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.


Resting time: 1 hour

1. To make the mushroom stock, heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat.

2. Add onions, celery, and carrots, dried porcini, and button mushrooms and saute for a few minutes.

3. Add vegetable stock, bay leaves, peppercorns, parsley, sage, and thyme. Simmer for 40 minutes.

4. Remove from heat and leave for an hour to infuse, then strain out solids and set aside.

5. Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F).

6. Add olive oil to a frying pan over medium heat. Add shallots and garlic and saute.

7. Transfer frying pan to oven and roast for 15 - 20 minutes.

8. Remove frying pan from oven and pour in sherry vinegar. Add mushrooms to a blender with mushroom stock.

9. Add cream and blend until smooth.

10. Pour into bowls and top with fresh ground pink salt and chopped chives.