mushroom soup

In dinner on January 26, 2010 at 2:11 pm

easy, healthy and delicious. i like to make a big pot on sunday to eat all week.

start by chopping 1 and a half cups of onion and 1 cup of carrots.

sautee in a little olive oil or butter until tender but not brown.

then slice one pound of mushrooms.

remember not to wash them – just wipe clean with a paper towel – and don’t worry too much about the shape because they’ll cook down.

add mushrooms and a couple minced cloves of garlic to the other veggies.

cook until soft.

then add salt and pepper to taste, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (yum), 1 teaspoon thyme, and 1 tablespoon dried parsley (if you have it). stir to coat veggies with the spices and cook for about a minute.

then add 3 quarts (12 cups or 96 ounces) of chicken or vegetable broth.

at this point the recipe calls for 1 cup barley, but i decided to make this version with brown rice instead. i used 1 cup.

i also added 1/3 cup mahogany wild rice. because it will add pretty color and texture and because i had it lying around.

bring soup to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook covered until rice (or barley) is done, about half an hour (the barley takes 2 hours).

it should be a fairly thick soup, but the rice didn’t behave quite the same way as the barley (in terms of a thickening agent), so next time i’ll use a few less cups of broth when i’m substituting rice. but because it was too late for that here, i added 5 tablespoons of cornstarch (dissolved in 5 tablespoons cold water) to get it to the thickness i was looking for.

[adapted from one of my mother’s classic recipes.]


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: