In between all these cookies, cocktails, mashed potatoes and eggnog, we’re going to need some soup.
Not only is soup a great way to gobble down loads of low-calorie veggies, it’s also satisfying (thanks to the volume) and warming during chilly winter months. And of course it’s a perfect make-ahead meal for those times you want something warm but don’t have the time or energy to cook. (Read: the holiday season).
Now I’m going to introduce you to one of the most delicious soups I’ve ever made or eaten.
This. Creamy. Mushroom. Soup.
It’s the best.
There’s so much rich, earthy flavor in this soup that you’d never guess it’s healthy. The meatiness of the mushrooms also make it more satisfying than other broth-based soups, which I love because I don’t have to eat again an hour later.
If you’re anything like me, you’ll soon be making this over and over and never tire of it!
- 2 cups cooked whole grains (barley, wheat berries, farro or wild rice)
- 6 cups veggie or mushroom broth
- 2 teaspoons butter
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 cup finely chopped onions
- 10 oz sliced white mushrooms
- 20 oz sliced crimini mushrooms
- 3 stalks celery, finely chopped (use the inner stalks with leaves for more flavor!)
- 1 teaspoon dried sage
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 cup dry sherry
- ½ cup full-fat or 2% Greek yogurt
- ½ cup finely sliced green onions
- Heat butter and oil in a Dutch oven or other heavy bottomed pan over medium heat. Add onions and celery and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add white and crimini mushrooms and cook until they start to brown, 8 to 10 minutes.
- Add the sage & pepper and cook 2-3 minutes.
- Sprinkle flour over the veggies and stir until the flour is mixed in, about 1 minute.
- Stir in the sherry and cook until it begins to evaporate, about 2 minutes.
- Add the veggie or mushroom broth; increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the soup has thickened - about 20 minutes.
- Add the cooked grains and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until heated through, about 5 minutes more.
- Stir in yogurt and serve with chopped green onions on top.