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Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup

Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup is such a wholesome dish. It tastes warm, rich, and creamy and is a perfect meal on it's own or side with a sandwich or salad.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 15 mins
Servings 10 -12
Author Hostess At Heart

Ingredients

  • 1 cup wild rice I used a wild rice blend
  • 1/4 ounce dried shiitake mushrooms

  • 4 1/4 cups water
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 garlic clove peeled, plus 4 cloves, mined

  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 pound cremini mushrooms sliced

  • 1 onion chopped fine

  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste

  • 2/3 cup dry sherry

  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth for vegetarian
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

  • 1/4 minced fresh chives optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375° F.  Grind shiitake mushrooms in a spice grinder until finely ground (you should have about 3 tablespoons).
  • Bring water, thyme, bay leaf, garlic clove, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and baking soda to boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add rice and return to a boil. Cover saucepan, transfer to oven, and bake until rice is tender, 35 to 50 minutes. Strain rice through a fine-mesh strainer set in a 4-cup liquid measuring cup; discard thyme, bay leaf, and garlic. Add enough water to reserved cooking liquid to measure 3 cups.
  • Melt butter in Dutch oven over high heat.  Add cremini mushrooms, onion, minced garlic, tomato paste, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper.  Cook stirring occasionally, until vegetables are browned and dark fond develops on bottom of pot, 15 minutes. Add sherry, scraping up any browned bits, and cook until reduced and pot is almost dry, about 2 minutes.  Add ground shiitake mushrooms, reserved rice cooking liquid, chicken broth, and soy sauce and bring to boil.  Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, until onion and mushroom are tender, about 20 minutes.
  • 4. Whisk cornstarch and remaining 1/4 cup water in small bowl.  Stir cornstarch slurry into soup, return to simmer, and cook until thickened, about 2 minutes.  Remove pot from heat and stir in cooked rice, cream, chives, and lemon zest.  Cover and let stand for 20 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Notes

Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup is such a wholesome dish. It tastes warm, rich, and creamy and is a perfect meal on it's own or side with a sandwich or salad.
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