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Wild Rice and Mushroom Risotto Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 small shallots
  • 1 orange or red bell pepper
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic
  • 1-2 large portobello mushroom caps
  • 1 cup wild rice
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 cups vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk or cream
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2-3 tablespoons chopped herbs like chives and parsley
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Chop the shallots, bell pepper, and mushrooms into small pieces. Mince the garlic. In a large pot over medium to high heat, melt the butter and olive oil together and lightly season with salt and pepper. Add the shallots and bell pepper and cook for 2-3 minutes until beginning to soften. Stir in the mushrooms and garlic and cook another minute.

  2. Then stir in the rice and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Add the wine and continue to cook uncovered on high heat for another 2 minutes. Then add the stock and bay leaves. Turn the heat down to low, cover and allow to cook for 45-50 minutes until rice is tender. Stir occasionally.

  3. Uncover, remove the bay leaves, and allow to cook for another 5-6 minutes so the soup reduces just a little. During this time, in a small bowl whisk together the cornstarch and milk. Stir this into the soup and allow to thicken. Just before serving, stir in the Parmesan cheese and herbs and season with a little more salt and pepper as needed.

Recipe Notes

You can substitute the butter for more oil, the milk for a non-dairy milk, and simply skip the Parmesan or use a non-dairy alternative if you want to avoid dairy. I like to use a white wine in this, usually a chardonnay.