Mmm. There's nothing better than soup in Winter. Homemade soup is a beautiful thing; a creative process, a joy of colors and textures. The secret ingredient is always love and it warms the heart as well as the esophogus to share a bowl with friends!
This soup has six main ingredients. It couldn't be simpler and only takes about 15 minutes to make. The slightly aged mushrooms give it an extra earthy depth that will surely soothe your soul. :)
Six Ingredient Soup with Rich Mushroom Broth
2 large stalks organic Celery, 1/2 inch slice
2 large organic Carrots, 1/2 inch coins
1/2 medium Onion, chopped
1-2 cloves fresh Garlic, minced
3 large *slightly aged Crimini Mushrooms, minced
1 cup cooked Wild Rice Blend
2 organic Veg Stock Cubes
4-6 cups of Water
tiny pinch of Sugar
Sea Salt & Pepper to taste
1/2 tbsp Olive Oil or Margerine (optional)
*Buy the mushrooms and let them sit in the fridge for a week or so. This makes them start to dry without going bad. It intensifies the flavor of the mushrooms quite a bit and the texture is better for really melting them into the broth. This step isn't mandatory, but I think it makes a yummy difference!
Prep all ingredients first. In a large soup pot with lid, start onions in a splash of olive oil and water. Add garlic and all vegetables except mushrooms. Throw in pinch of sugar, allow vegetables to cook over medium high heat, stirring often, careful not to burn. Stir in mushroom mince to incorporate.
Add splashes of water along the way if the pan gets dry. I like the veggies to have a nice firm bite so I don't cook them fully before adding the stock. Cook them according to your preference before adding liquids.
Dissolve veg stock cubes in two cups of boiling water, add to pot. Pour additional two cups of water in, cover and let soup simmer and bubble until vegetables reach desired tenderness and flavors have married. Stir in the cooked rice.
Add one or two more cups of water to dilute and add volume. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Finish with 1/2 tbsp margerine or olive oil to add a bit of fat and richness, if desired. Serve hot and enjoy!
Thank you for voting for Buddhas Delight. It's my pleasure to serve you... warm soup! Happy Winter to all. :)