From Solo Lisa's Kitchen: Porcini Mushroom Soup
From Solo Lisa's Kitchen Thursday, January 20, 2011
Last year the boy's brother went on a trip to Florence with his fiancée and they returned bearing gifts for everyone, including porcini mushrooms for me. Having never cooked with them before, I cast about Epicurious for a recipe and found a delicious-sounding one for porcini mushroom soup. The recipe also called for white mushrooms; I used organic instead of the normal variety because they had better flavour. The result: a hearty, satisfying vegetable soup so full of savoury goodness that my mom asked if I'd put meat in it (I hadn't).
Have any of you tried cooking with porcini before? They're an ingenious ingredient: first, because the mushrooms themselves add a lot of depth to the dish; second, because the boiling hot water you pour over the porcini to soak them in can later be used in soup broths and such. A dual purpose ingredient that adds twice the flavour to anything you cook, and is easy to use to boot. I approve.
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