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Ancient Grains & Wild Mushroom Soup

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Ancient Grains & Wild Mushroom Soup

Prep Time:20 minutes
Bake time:20 minutes

Yield: 6 generous servings

1/2 ounce dried porcini mushrooms
1 cup hot water

2 teaspoons coconut or canola oil
1/2 cup millet
1/4 cup quinoa
1 1/2 cups water

1 medium onion diced
1 medium carrot diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 pounds mixed mushrooms, roughly chopped (cremini, portabella, shiitakes, etc.)
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/2 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon light miso (optional, but tasty)
2 teaspoons worchestershire sauce (or vegetarian substitute)
4 cups vegetable broth
2 tablespoons mascarpone or greek yogurt
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

1 cup freshly grated parmesano reggiano cheese, for garnish

Rehydrate dried mushrooms by pouring one cup very hot water over them and allow to soak for 20-30 minutes

Heat coconut oil in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Add the millet and quinoa and allow to toast for several minutes. Add water and turn heat to high. Bring to boil, then reduce heat to simmer and cover. Cook for 20 minutes, then begin checking. When water is completely absorbed, remove from heat, fluff the grains and set aside.

In a 5 quart stock pot or dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions and carrots and saute until soft about 8 minutes. Add garlic and stir until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes.

Remove porcini mushroms from soaking water (reserve soaking water), rinse, pat dry and chop.

Add all mushrooms to onion mixture, plus a bit of the reserved mushroom stock. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until mushrooms have released their liquids, about 10 minutes.

Return heat to medium, and stir in tomato paste, smoked paprika, miso and worcestershire sauce. Add vegetable stock, and allow to come to a good simmer.

Taste and add salt and pepper as necessary. You’ll want the soup properly seasoned before adding the grains.

Optional: for a thicker soup, run an immersion blender briefly through the soup, leaving some mushroom pieces for a chunky texture.

Add the grains to the soup and turn heat to low.

Place mascarpone in a small bowl. Add a ladle of the hot soup and mix well — use a whisk if necessary — until smooth. Add to soup. Stir in parsley. Ladle into bowls and top with parmesan cheese.