Cordyceps can be enjoyed in a number of different ways. Their rich umami flavor lends them well to savory dishes, such as a rich and satisfying broth. You can easily make your own rich broth that not only tastes great, but will lend you the incredible power of the coryceps mushrooms.
Cordyceps have wonderful abilities in terms of athletic performance, cognition, and immune boosting abilities. If you're looking for a way to include more of them in your diet, try this broth. It is a versatile recipe that can be used as the base for any of your favorite soup recipes, or you can drink it on your own.
Best of all, this broth takes much less time than other types of stock, which have to boil for hours in order to achieve any kind of flavor.
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 4 shallots (chopped)
- 8 garlic cloves (chopped)
- 6 stalks celery (chopped)
- 1 stalk fennel (chopped)
- 3 carrots (chopped)
- 1 leek (chopped)
- 1 cup shitake mushrooms (stems removed and chopped)
- Unrefined sea salt (to taste)
- Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
- 8 cups water
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 cup parsley
- 1/4 cup fresh thyme
- 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons cordyceps powder
Place a stockpot or large Dutch oven over medium heat, and then add your olive oil. Add the shallots, garlic, celery, fennel, carrots and leeks when the olive oil is hot enough to almost smoke, but has not yet done so. Saute the vegetables for 5 minutes, or until they are soft.
Once the vegetables are cooked, add the shitake mushrooms and saute for another 7-8 mushrooms, or once again until they are soft. Add your water, bay leaf, parsley, and thyme.
Turn the heat down to low and cover, leaving the lid slightly cracked to allow some steam to escape. Set a time for 50 minutes. When the timer has gone off, taste it and add salt or pepper to taste.
From here, you can either remove the bay leaves and puree the vegetables into the broth for a thick base, or you can strain out the vegetables for a clear broth. Once this is done, the final step is to stir in your cordyceps powder—it will be ready instantly once you have added it, unlike the rest of the base.
You can use this broth has a replacement for other vegetable broths in soups, stews, to cook rice with, or a number of other different ways. You can also simply enjoy it as is, since it has a very pleasant flavor when completed. It's a delicious way to sneak more vegetables into your diet, and to get the incredible powers of cordyceps as part of your daily meals. If you're interested in adding cordyceps to your diet, give this broth recipe a try and see how much you like it. You won't regret it.