Russian Dried Mushroom Soup

How to make a Russian Dried Mushroom Soup.

Ingredients: Serves 6-8

  • 2 cups dried mushrooms (Porcini and Oyster mushrooms)
  • 5 cups vegetable broth (you can use chicken or beef broth too)
  • salt & pepper (to taste)
  • ¼ cup pearl barley
  • 1 cup peeled and cubed potatoes
  • 1 cup peeled and cubed carrots
  • 2 tablespoons light olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • ½ cup finely hopped onions
  • 5 cups water

Method:

  1. Wash the mushrooms under running water and soak them in 5 cups of water for 1 hour.
  2. Drain the mushrooms and chop them into small pieces.
  3. Reserve the water in which you soaked them.
  4. Transfer the chopped mushroom to a large pot along with the reserved water.
  5. Add the broth, salt & pepper, and pearl barley to the pot and bring the soup to a boil over high heat.
  6. Cover the pot with a lid and cook the soup on low heat for 30 minutes.
  7. Add the potatoes and carrots and cook covered for another 30 minutes.
  8. Remove the pot from the heat and set it aside.
  9. Heat olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat.
  10. Once the oil is hot, add garlic and onions and fry until they turn slightly brown.
  11. Pour the onions over the soup and serve hot.
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