This creamy, mushroom soup transports me right back to my Polish grandmother’s house on Christmas Eve.
How totally glad are you that it’s soup season? It’s the only thing I absolutely love about cold weather, and since I’ve moved to Arizona, I find that my soup season is way too short. Not that I’m complaining – I’ll take hot weather and cold food for 9 months, and warm weather and warm food for 2 months. That still leaves one whole chilly month for soup, and folks — it’s officially time to heat up the stockpot.
When I was young, my grandma always made Polish mushroom soup for Christmas Eve, and one of my biggest regrets is that I never asked her to write down her recipe. How I would love to open my cookbook to see her handwriting and make her soup… although, I’m sure my version would never taste quite the same, because hers was always made with real dried mushrooms that were mailed to her each year from Poland.
Well, I took a stab at recreating her recipe using dried Porcini and shitake mushrooms, as well as some fresh baby Bellas. Of course, I had to boost up the veggies with lot of carrots and celery, and to make it extra hearty, I added some barley (isn’t soup the most delicious way to get a mega-dose of veggies and grains?!). The thing that makes this Polish Mushroom Soup – and not just mushroom barley soup is the sour cream, and a little bit of fresh dill. Do. Not. Skip. This!
OK, so it’s not exactly the same as the one I had growing up, but it’s really good. And each slurp transports me right back to Christmas Eve at grandma’s house.
I’m honored to share this recipe as part of the Casual Veggie collaboration. The Casual Veggie is a fabulous e-cookbook collection of 166 vegetable recipes by some 48 equally fabulous food bloggers, and I’m thrilled to be included! Please check it out – it’s full of delicious inspiration to help keep you eating healthy through the holidays, and all year long. AND – it makes a great holiday gift for anyone who loves (or wants to love) vegetables, in any way, shape or form.
I really hope you have some time to pull up a chair, grab a bowl and spoon, and savor the other wonderful warming soup and stew recipes below brought to you by some of the bloggers whose recipes are featured in the cookbook. If you’d like more information on the Casual Veggie Cookbook and how to download it, hop on over to the website or click on the image above. Happy slurping!
What’s your favorite soup? Creamy or brothy?