Clean Food Autumn Harvest Soup

A delicious and hearty autumn harvest soup with shiitake mushrooms, kale and white beans. The broth has extra flavor from tamari and toasted sesame oil. Vegan + gluten-free.

As soon as a nip in the air presents itself, I start thinking about what soups I can make. Slow cooker soups are some of my favorites – the whole set it and forget it thing is totally up my alley.

Clean Food Autumn Harvest Soup

I also like being able to whip up quick soups that have a flavor profile similar to a soup that’s cooked for hours.

If that’s the kind of thing you’re into, you will love this Autumn Harvest Soup. The shiitake mushrooms bring a mellow flavor to the broth and the onions, carrots, kale and white beans pair together to make a light and super delicious soup. Comfort food without the calories. Yes please!

Clean Food Autumn Harvest Soup

Unfortunately, I can’t take credit of this awesome soup. It’s from Terry Walters’ Clean Food, Revised Edition.

The original Clean Food cookbook launched in 2008 and although I don’t own it, I had heard great things about it so I was excited to receive a copy of the revised edition (that launched October 2012) for review. The revised edition offers even more inspiration to eat clean and live well, with over twenty new recipes, variations to make every recipe gluten-free, a new chapter dedicated to healthy snacking, as well as, beautiful photography throughout. The cookbook features fresh, seasonal vegan fare and the new version has updated the dishes to feature today’s most healthful ingredients. For instance: extra virgin coconut oil substitutes for canola oil and maple syrup replaces agave nectar as a sweetener. Both coconut oil and maple syrup are mainstays in my kitchen so that piece was pretty exciting for me.

This soup is one of the two recipes I tried so far from the cookbook and let’s get say, I’ve been very impressed. I like the cookbook so much I ended up giving Isaac’s mom a copy for her birthday last month and she’s been loving it as well!  I already have about 10 other recipes marked that I want to try, I just need to get in the kitchen and make them happen. Maybe I’ll try some out around the holidays…

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Clean Food Autumn Harvest Soup


A delicious and hearty autumn harvest soup with shiitake mushrooms, kale and white beans. The broth has extra flavor from tamari and toasted sesame oil. Vegan + gluten-free.


  • 4 dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 3 carrots, diced
  • 4 cups chopped kale or collard greens
  • 2 cups cooked cannellini beans
  • 1/4 cup mirin
  • Splash of tamari
  • Splash of apple cider vinegar
  • 45 dashes toasted sesame oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Place dried mushrooms in medium pot with 6 cups water. Bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool slightly.
  2. When mushrooms are soft, remove from broth and cut off and discard stems. Dice caps and place back in pot with broth.
  3. In large pot over medium heat, sauté onion, garlic and ginger in oil 3 minutes. Add carrots and sauté 3 minutes. Add kale or collard greens, beans and mirin and sauté until greens are deep green and tender.
  4. Pour broth and mushrooms into pot with kale, add tamari and vinegar and simmer 5–7 minutes.
  5. Season to taste with toasted sesame oil and black pepper and serve.


  • Recipe from Clean Food, Revised Edition 
  • Category: Lunch/Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: autumn soup

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    1. Valentina
      December 3, 2012 AT 9:40 am

      Hi! I’d love to win “Clean Food”! I’ve spent the last year apprenticing in a professional kitchen in preparation for the opening of my own restaurant and have realized that restaurant food should be a lot CLEANER and still taste delicious! Not only would I like to lose the added wight I’ve put on working in the kitchen but I’d also really like to implement healthier, more simple approaches to preparing food well wherever I can:-)…and that white bean soup is one of my favorite recipes…

    2. Jacque
      November 21, 2012 AT 4:33 pm

      Hi, I have a question. I bought fresh mushrooms as opposed to dried. Would boiling them fresh for the broth yield similar results?

      Also, I’d love to win the book because I’m a newlywed that’s in her first year of learning meal planning, and learning to cook seasonably would help me with my goal to cook nutritionally and economically. My cookbook collection consists of only the America’s Test Kitchen Cook Book and a book of diner recipes, so this book would be a great inspiration for trying to cook more healthy.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 21, 2012 AT 5:02 pm

        Yes, I bought fresh as well when I made it and it turned out fine! 🙂

        1. Jacque
          November 24, 2012 AT 6:47 pm

          Oh my god, this soup was nuts. Unbelievably rich flavor and so filling, thank you!

          1. Brittany Mullins
            November 24, 2012 AT 7:47 pm

            Isn’t it awesome? I’m so glad you enjoyed it.

    3. Terry
      November 13, 2012 AT 5:06 pm

      So glad you’re enjoying your CLEAN FOOD creations, Brittany! Good luck with your new job and keep me posted and wishing you a very happy, healthy and delicious Thanksgiving! Eat clean live well!


      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 13, 2012 AT 9:29 pm

        Thank you so much for commenting Terry! I love the cookbook and can’t wait to try more of the recipes!! 🙂

    4. Karen
      November 12, 2012 AT 9:20 pm

      Yes to the cookbook.

    5. Shelley
      November 12, 2012 AT 12:12 pm

      I am so making this for dinner!! Perfect Fall comfort food!!

    6. Patty
      November 12, 2012 AT 6:11 am

      This cookbook looks spectacular! Would love to read it from cover to cover!

    7. Miz
      November 12, 2012 AT 6:03 am

      WELLL IVE GOTS NO RECIPES—but I so can vote!
      done 🙂

    8. Jessica Dianderas
      November 12, 2012 AT 1:40 am

      Finally!! A Clean Eating Cook Booked for Vegans!! So exciting. I was dissapointed by Tosca’s book that even included FISH in her VEgetarian book!

    9. Rachel
      November 12, 2012 AT 12:17 am

      Woo I love eating clean! Always on the look-out for new recipes to keep doing so : )

    10. Sarah
      November 11, 2012 AT 11:42 pm

      I would love to have this book! I am trying to heal my body and boost my weakened immune system through high nutrient animal free foods and this would really help me through my journey. This recipe sounds delicious! Can’t wait to try it!

    11. Lauren @ vegology
      November 11, 2012 AT 10:42 pm

      Eating clean is a great way to learn how to use seasonal produce. I have the first cookbook and I would love to win this one. You’re welcome to borrow my copy of the first one any time – just let me know! 🙂

    12. Jennifer
      November 11, 2012 AT 7:59 pm

      I would love to win this cookbook. I love food and love to cook, the healthier the better.

    13. Ileana
      November 11, 2012 AT 7:57 pm

      I love your blog so much! I am currently in the Richmond area for work and I am in love with this city. I think your healthy outlook fits right in.

      I’d love to win this book because I want to further my health and fitness journey. I’ve always dabbled with exercise but it wasn’t until a couple months ago that I really felt passionate about it.

      Keep up the awesome work, it is very inspiring!

    14. sarah mcreynolds
      November 11, 2012 AT 6:42 pm

      I would love to win this book as I have just started my clean eating recently and could use some good recipes.

    15. Melissa Willard
      November 11, 2012 AT 6:11 pm

      Cool! Looks like a good cookbook… even if I dont win I will check at my local library for it! Looks like some good recipes within!!!!

    16. Jeanette
      November 11, 2012 AT 6:02 pm

      I would love to win this book so I can discover new clean-eating recipes! 🙂

    17. Kelly
      November 11, 2012 AT 5:00 pm

      I would love to get my hands on this cookbook. I just made a commitment this past week to go vegetarian & limit my dairy & eggs. Thanks for introducing us to it.

    18. Mojdeh
      November 11, 2012 AT 4:45 pm

      This is an awesome (and timely) giveaway. My husband and I went vegetarian towards the end of spring and have decided to go vegan come December 1st. Thanks for the opportunity to win this cookbook and help our efforts.

    19. Emily
      November 11, 2012 AT 4:43 pm

      So inspired by that cookbook! It’s on my list 🙂

    20. Kari
      November 11, 2012 AT 4:30 pm

      This cookbook would be a lovely addition to my newfound clean eating lifestyle! It looks marvelous! 🙂

    21. Rebekah
      November 11, 2012 AT 4:05 pm

      I’ve been looking for a good clean eating cookbook!

    22. Sarah Muncy
      November 11, 2012 AT 4:00 pm

      Soup looks delish! Looks like great cookbook!

    23. Erin
      November 11, 2012 AT 3:31 pm

      This cookbook looks amazing- especially for me as I am newly gluten free and am trying to make a complete change by eating clean all around!

    24. Crystal S
      November 11, 2012 AT 3:26 pm

      I really need some better whole/natural food cookbooks. I would really love to win!

    25. Jessica
      November 11, 2012 AT 3:25 pm

      This looks great! I have been wanting a new cookbook!

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