Mugwort (Artemisia) Soup

Serves 4

Hands-On Time: 30 minutes
Total Preparation Time: 1 hour 

1 medium shallot, onion or 3 small spring onions sliced
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 garlic cloves, minced
10 white mushrooms sliced (2.5 ounces)
1 large or 2 medium Yukon gold or russet potatoes (10 oz) peeled and cut into 2 inch chunks
6 cups low sodium chicken stock or broth or vegetable broth
4 oz. (8 cups) tender Mugwort (Artemisia) leaves
1 cup heavy cream
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

In a large pot, saute the shallot in the butter for 2 minutes or until softened.   Add the garlic and mushrooms and cook for 3 minutes, or until softened.  Add the potatoes and chicken stock and bring to a boil.  Add half of the Artemisia leaves, turn the heat down to low and cook until the potatoes are tender about 20 minutes.

Add the cream and the rest of the Artemisia to the pot and simmer for 10 minutes.  Remove from the heat.  In a food processor or blender, working in batches if necessary, puree until very smooth.  Return to the pot. Season with Tabasco, salt and pepper.




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8 Responses to Mugwort (Artemisia) Soup

  1. Hi, I’m interested in forging, I miss the title of the book about forging by your guest that cooked Mugwort soup, Could you send me the title of the book? Thank you, Mike Giles

  2. Betty J. Stover says:

    On episode 810 you had a lady on foraging. What is her name and the name of her book. Thank you.
    Betty J. Stover

  3. Tammy S. says:


    Is their a good substitute for Mugwort (Artemisia) leaves if I can’t find them locally?

    Thank you!

    • moulton says:

      I think almost any green will do, although of course the flavor profile will be different, but it will still be tasty.

  4. Jill says:

    I guess it’s more a query…
    What exactly does mugwort taste like?? Is it bitter like alot of greens, or is it sweet and floral like basil…robust and savory like oregano…??
    Just would like to be able to explain the flavor profile when I get “the face” , once told we are having mugwort soup
    I’ve been watching you cook/create for years Sara, thank you for being one of the amazing chefs who taught me so much❤️

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