FALL/ MAINS/ WINTER

Mushroom and Wild Rice Soup

Hello and welcome to Djalali Cooks! Today I have an excellent soup for any wintry day. This soup could also be a great starter on your Thanksgiving menu. You can use your favorite mushrooms for this soup, or use a mix of different mushrooms. I went the mixed mushroom route and I love the variety of textures. I also went with a mix of rice: wild rice, red rice and brown rice. The rice mix gives another layer of texture and chew. Overall, a hearty soup with great flavor and texture! Let’s do this Mushroom and Wild Rice Soup.

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Let’s start with the rice. Heat the oven to 375 degrees. In a medium saucepan, bring water to boil with one glove of garlic, two bay leaves, thyme sprigs, baking soda and 1 teaspoon kosher salt.

Once boiling, add the rice and bring back to a boil. Cover the saucepan and transfer to the oven. bake the rice for about 25-45 minutes, until tender. The amount of time will vary greatly on what type of rice you use.

When the rice is tender, strain the rice through a fine mesh sieve, reserving the cooking liquid in a large measuring cup or bowl. Discard the garlic clove, bay leaves and thyme sprigs. Add more water to the reserved cooking liquid to equal 3 cups of liquid. Set the rice and the liquid aside.

While the rice is cooking in the oven we can prep everything else for the soup. I have Kettle & Fire Mushroom Chicken bone broth (you can use plain chicken broth, or use vegetable broth). Diced onion, dry sherry, a little cornstarch, butter, tomato paste, garlic, soy sauce, lemon zest and thinly sliced green onion (or chives) – and the umami booster: ground, dried shiitake mushrooms. (Use a spice grinder or a blender to grind the dried mushrooms)

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Build the Mushroom and Wild Rice Soup

In a large Dutch oven, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the onion, mushrooms, garlic, tomato paste, about one teaspoon kosher salt and another teaspoon of black pepper.

Cook, stirring occasionally until the pot is mostly dry with a dark fond developing on the bottom, and the vegetables have good browning. About 15 minutes.

Then add the dry sherry to deglaze the pot. Stir up the fond from the bottom of the pot into the mixture. Stir occasionally and cook until the sherry is absorbed and cooked off and the pot is nearly dry again.

When the pot is nearly dry again, sprinkle the ground dried shiitake mushrooms over the mixture and stir to combine. Then add the broth, the reserved rice cooking liquid and the soy sauce to the pot. Stir to combine and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low, cover and let the Mushroom and Wild Rice Soup simmer for about 20 minutes.

After its 20 minute simmer, the mushrooms should be tender. Taste for seasoning and add more kosher salt if needed. Whisk together 1/4 cup water and the cornstarch to make a slurry. Stir the slurry into the soup. Return the soup and simmer and cook until the soup has thickened, about 2 more minutes. Then remove the soup from heat.

Off heat, stir in the cooked rice, sliced green onion and lemon zest. Cover the pot and let the soup sit for about 20 minutes. Taste the soup again before serving. Add more kosher salt and pepper if needed. For serving, ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with a scattering of fresh cut green onion or chives.

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This is optional, but to add a little extra richness and tang, top the serving of Mushroom and Wild Rice Soup with a dollop of sour cream.

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I really love the addition of the sour cream. It adds a nice creaminess without going all out for a cream-based soup. When you garnish with the sour cream, it allows one to opt out, keeping it a dairy-free soup. With or without the sour cream garnish, this soup is thick and hearty. With great texture variety from the mix of mushrooms and rice. The lemon zest perks up the deep earthy mushroom and wild rice flavor.

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I hope you give this soup a try this winter, it’s so comforting and satisfying! The countdown to Turkey Day is on and I will have a quick and easy appetizer recipe on Wednesday. Have a great day, see you soon! xo Kelly

Key Equipment

Mushroom and Wild Rice Soup

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Dinner, Main Course, First Course, Appetizer American
By Adapted from America's Test Kitchen Serves: 6-8
Prep Time: ~15 Minutes Cooking Time: ~2 Hours Total Time: ~2 Hours, 15 Minutes

Comforting and satisfying, with the earthy flavors of mushrooms and rice, this Mushroom and Wild Rice Soup is perfect for fall and winter.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 oz. Dried Shiitake Mushrooms, rinsed (you can use any dried mushrooms you have/like)
  • 4.25 cups Water
  • 1 Sprig Fresh Thyme
  • 1-2 Bay Leaf
  • 1 Garlic Clove, peeled, plus 4 cloves, minced
  • Kosher Salt and Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1 cup Wild Rice, or a mix of wild, brown and red rice
  • 4 tbsp. Unsalted Butter
  • 1 lb. Mushrooms, trimmed and sliced 1/4 inch thick (use Cremini, Button, or a mix like oyster, trumpet, cremini, porcini, portobello...)
  • 1 Onion, chopped fine
  • 1 tsp. Tomato Paste
  • 2/3 cup Dry Sherry
  • 4 cups Low-Sodium Chicken, Vegetable or Mushroom Chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp. Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup Minced Fresh Chives, or the green parts of a scallion, plus more as garnish
  • Zest of One Lemon
  • Dollops of Sour Cream for each serving, if desired

Instructions

1

Heat the oven to 375 degrees. In a medium saucepan, bring water to boil with one glove of garlic, two bay leaves, thyme sprigs, baking soda and 1 teaspoon kosher salt.

2

Once boiling, add the rice and bring back to a boil. Cover the saucepan and transfer to the oven. bake the rice for about 25-45 minutes, until tender. The amount of time will vary greatly on what type of rice you use.

3

When the rice is tender, strain the rice through a fine mesh sieve, reserving the cooking liquid in a large measuring cup or bowl. Discard the garlic clove, bay leaves and thyme sprigs. Add more water to the reserved cooking liquid to equal 3 cups of liquid. Set the rice and the liquid aside.

4

Grind the dried mushrooms in a spice grinder or blender until finely ground to a powder.

5

In a large Dutch oven, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the onion, mushrooms, garlic, tomato paste, about one teaspoon kosher salt and another teaspoon of black pepper.

6

Cook, stirring occasionally until the pot is mostly dry with a dark fond developing on the bottom, and the vegetables have good browning. About 15 minutes.

7

Then add the dry sherry to deglaze the pot. Stir up the fond from the bottom of the pot into the mixture. Stir occasionally and cook until the sherry is absorbed and cooked off and the pot is nearly dry again.

8

Then, sprinkle the ground dried shiitake mushrooms over the mixture and stir to combine. Then add the broth, the reserved rice cooking liquid and the soy sauce to the pot. Stir to combine and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low, cover and let the Mushroom and Wild Rice Soup simmer for about 20 minutes.

9

After its 20 minute simmer, the mushrooms should be tender. Taste for seasoning and add more kosher salt if needed. Whisk together 1/4 cup water and the cornstarch to make a slurry. Stir the slurry into the soup. Return the soup and simmer and cook until the soup has thickened, about 2 more minutes. Then remove the soup from heat.

10

Off heat, stir in the cooked rice, sliced green onion and lemon zest. Cover the pot and let the soup sit for about 20 minutes. Taste the soup again before serving. Add more kosher salt and pepper if needed.

11

For serving, ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with a scattering of fresh cut green onion or chives. Top servings with a dollop of sour cream, if desired.

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7 Comments

  • Reply
    Carroll
    November 21, 2022 at 9:09 am

    That looks wonderful! Better than turkey . . .

    • Reply
      Kelly Djalali
      November 21, 2022 at 10:45 am

      A very comforting and satisfying soup, Carroll! xo Kelly

  • Reply
    Mari
    November 21, 2022 at 9:16 am

    That looks so good I’m going to buy mushrooms while I’m out and about today. I used to love barley and mushroom soup, but I like the idea of wild rice for a different taste and texture. There is nothing better than a bowl of hearty soup on a cold wintry day. For some reason it’s even more delicious and cozy curled up in a chair, and watching the snowflakes dancing outside. We haven’t had any snow yet, but Buffalo was slammed by six feet of snow, and sports were either canceled or played out of state! We have had codld weather with strong winds battering the house the past two days. That’s when you know it’s winter. It’s not official for a month yet, but unofficially it’s time to buy Ice Melt and dig out the shovels and mittens. Happy Monday! Stay warm and stay out of Buffalo! If I were a child again I would love it. Snowed in, and no school fr at least one or two more days. I would be ha blissfully happy for at least a:month. I remember when my kids were small, we had to turn on the local news and read the crawler at the bottom to see if our school was closed. Now they get a text, but it was fun listening to the whoops and pounding feet as they ran to get dressed. And play in the snow of curse. 💨☃️

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      Kelly Djalali
      November 21, 2022 at 10:45 am

      Hi Mari, I am thankful we have no snow, but it is super cold (by Athens standards). Looking forward to seasonally normal temps in the low-mid 60s for later this week. Which is good because we plan to cook much of our Thanksgiving food outside! Stay warm and enjoy this soup! The rice definitely gives it the “beef and barley” vibe. I am sure you will like it! xo Kelly

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    Terry
    November 21, 2022 at 5:39 pm

    This looks so good, I will definitely give this a shot ❤️🤗 mom

    • Reply
      Kelly Djalali
      November 22, 2022 at 7:47 am

      This soup will be great on a cold day, Mom! xo Kelly

  • Reply
    Barbara Lacy
    November 29, 2022 at 10:34 am

    This soup is one I would order at a restaurant, but too many steps and ingredients for me to make at home, but that’s just me. I’m sure this is delicious.

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