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Cremini Mushroom & Roasted Garlic Rice Soup

Cremini Mushroom & Roasted Garlic Rice SoupRich and velvety this soup can be served in tumblers, mugs or traditional soup bowls with crusty bread sticks and a colorful salad.

Recipe Ingredients:

1/3 cup butter
1 pound cremini mushrooms, sliced
1 large sweet mild onion, finely chopped
3 cups cooked Texmati brown rice - divided use
1 (6.5-ounce) container garlic and herbs spreadable cheese
2 (14-ounce) cans roasted garlic seasoned chicken broth - divided use
2 cups water, additional if desired
8 slices smoked bacon, cooked and chopped for garnish
Salt and ground black pepper to taste

Cooking Directions:

  1. Melt butter in a large non-stick stockpot over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and onion; cook about 10 minutes, stirring periodically. Let mixture cool slightly.
  2. In food processor or blender, combine mushroom mixture, 1 1/2 cups rice, cheese and 1 cup broth. Pulse mixture until mushrooms are finely chopped, but not puréed and mixture is thoroughly combined.
  3. Return mixture to stockpot; stir in remaining rice, broth and water. Bring to a boil; cook uncovered over medium heat for five minutes.
  4. Add salt and pepper to soup to taste.
  5. To serve, ladle soup into bowls; sprinkle with crumbled bacon.

Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Tip: Garnish with additional sautéed mushrooms and chives, sliced green onions, or other fresh herbs, such as sage or thyme.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of RiceSelect; through ARA Content.