Back to Basics: Homemade Chicken Stock

Hem… what’s the story this month? Travel, travel, & more travel!  Granted, it’s been mostly the good kind of travel that involves family & friends – the kind where you don’t mind cramming yourself for 3 hours in a $150 Spirit Airlines seat that doesn’t recline. I take that back, Spirit Airlines still sucks balls.  Good or bad travel aside my body just can’t take abuse like it used to (I believe the scientific term is “gettin’ old”).  Here is my current list of travel “must-do’s”: Continue reading

Cure the Brrr! Mushroom and Wild Rice Soup

Just like that, the cold front snapped NY back into the wintry reality!  Soup is the best remedy for this kind of weather, and since we are in the height of Soup Month(s) celebration (Soup Fans: “YAY!!!”), I have created another recipe for us to enjoy! The mushroom and wild rice soup.

Mushroom and Wild Rice Soup

Mushroom and Wild Rice Soup

At first glance, the mix of herbs may seem excessive, but Herbs de Provence, I thought, complimented the amazing fragrance of wild rice and the citrusy notes of coriander balances out the earthy mushrooms very nicely. Try it!

Ingredients (Serves 4 – 6)

– 1/2 cup Wild Rice

– 4 Cloves Garlic, minced

– 1 Medium Sized Onion, Chopped

– 3 Stalks of Celery

– 3 Medium Carrots

– 16 oz Sliced Baby Bella Mushrooms (2 8 oz containers)

– 8 Cups of Chicken or Vegetable Stock

– 1 Tsp Salt, 1/2 Tsp Pepper, 1/4 Tsp Coriander, 1/2 Herbs de Provence (to taste, adjust as necessary)

Directions

– Heat up 1 – 2 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat in a large stock pot, add chopped onion and minced garlic. Sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes.

– Add carrots, celery, and mushrooms, stir with onions and garlic to coat with oil. About 2 – 3 minutes.

– Add chicken or vegetable stock to cover carrots, celery, mushrooms, garlic, and onions, and bring to boil. Cover and lower to low-medium heat, and let simmer for 30 – 40 minutes until carrots are relatively soft.

– Then, add wild rice and simmer for another 40 minutes or until everything is cook through and tender.

– Season with Salt, Pepper, Coriander, and Herbs de Provence.

Check out last week’s Broccoli and Potato soup for more vegetarian soup options! If you want something even heartier, you can get the Italian Sausage Tortellini soup recipe here.