Wild Mushroom and Rice Soup

  • Active Time 20m
  • Total Time 1h 5m

Makes 8 servings


  • Bouquet Garni: 2 sprigs thyme, 3 sprigs parsley, 2 bay leaves, green part of 1 leek
  • 4 slices bacon, diced
  • 2 medium leeks, white and light green parts, sliced and rinsed thoroughly
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 pound mixed wild mushrooms (portobello, cremini, shiitake, oyster or enoki), stems trimmed and caps coarsely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup dry sherry
  • 7 cups chicken broth
  • 2/3 cup wild rice
  • 2 scallions, white and green parts, thinly sliced


Tuck the ingredients for the bouquet garni into the fold of the green part of the leek and wrap it closed with kitchen string. Set aside.

In a soup pot, sauté the bacon over medium heat until brown and crisp. Transfer to a paper towel to drain. Set the crisp bacon aside to sprinkle on the finished soup.

In the rendered bacon drippings, sauté the leeks, carrots and red onion over medium-high heat until wilted, 7-10 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for 1 more minute. Add the sliced mushrooms, salt and pepper. Add the sherry and simmer for a few minutes to flavor the mushrooms. Add the chicken broth, the bouquet garni and wild rice; bring to boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook, uncovered, for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until the rice is tender.

When ready to serve, remove the bouquet garni, ladle the finished soup into bowls, and garnish with the crisped bacon and sliced scallions.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Doubleday. All rights reserved.

RecID 1671

nutrition information per serving

200 calories; 7g total fat; 8mg cholesterol; 487mg sodium; 22g carbohydrates; 4g fiber; 11g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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