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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Wild Rice Mushroom Soup

By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

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This recipe makes 6 servings
Preparation time: 15 minutes Stand: 35 minutes
This velvety, nutty-textured soup tastes almost too rich to be meatless, but it is! For a slightly thinner, dairy-free version, replace butter with additional olive oil and replace cream with almond, rice or soy milk.

1 pkg (1/2 oz/14 g) dried porcini mushrooms
1 cup boiling water [250 g]
2 tbsp butter [28.4 g]
1 tbsp vegetable oil
4 cups sliced cremini mushrooms
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup brandy or vegetable broth
2 cups diced onions [320 g]
2 cups diced celery [224 g]
2 cloves garlic , minced
1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme
1/4 tsp pepper
2 cups vegetable broth [500 ml]
1-1/2 cups Cooked Wild Rice Recipe [300 g]
1/4 cup whipping cream

In heatproof bowl, pour 1 cup (250 mL) boiling water over dried mushrooms; let stand until softened, about 30 minutes. Reserving soaking liquid, strain, discarding sediment. Chop porcinis.

In skillet, heat oil and half of the butter over medium-high heat; saute cremini and porcini mushrooms and 1/4 tsp (1 mL) of the salt until golden, about 5 minutes.

Add brandy; cook until most of the liquid is evaporated, about 1 minute.

In large saucepan, melt remaining butter over medium heat; fry onions, celery, garlic, thyme, pepper and remaining salt, stirring often, until vegetables are very soft, about 10 minutes.

Add reserved soaking liquid, broth and 2 cups (500 mL) water; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes. Stir in mushroom mixture; let cool slightly.

In blender, puree half of the soup; return to pan. Stir in wild rice and cream; bring to simmer over medium heat, stirring often. (Make-ahead: Let cool for 30 minutes; refrigerate in airtight container for up to 2 days.)

Source : Canadian Living Magazine: November 2010

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