“Journal, I’m on a sugar cleanse. I haven’t had any sugar in over three weeks. I think I’m experiencing withdrawal. Today I screamed at a plant. I don’t know why I decided to do this. It’s crazy. There’s sugar in everything. Did you know that? Everything. Even cupcakes. All right, I have to go, Journal. You’re being a jerk.”/DeGeneres, Ellen (2011-10-04). Seriously…I’m Kidding (Kindle Locations 392-395). Hachette Book Group. Kindle Edition. /
My neighbor let me borrow her Ellen DeGeneres book, and I couldn’t resist copying this passage as there is nothing that could describe my feelings better, and I’m not even on a cleanse! Today’s Russian recipe doesn’t use any sugar for a change, though I’m sure the evil thing has snuck in there anyways!
MUSHROOM SOUP WITH BARLEY
- 2 cups of barley, cooked
- 12 cups of vegetable broth
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 1 large yellow onion, peeled and finely chopped
- 2 medium carrots, peeled and shredded
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 bunch of asparagus, chopped
- 3 large potatoes, diced
- 2 lb mushrooms
- 2 bay leaves
- salt and pepper to taste
- sour cream and fresh chopped dill for garnish
Pour vegetable broth in a large pot and bring it to boil.
While the broth is warming up, heat the olive oil on a large skillet. Sauté onion till golden, add the carrots, garlic, and asparagus and sauté until soft.
Once the broth is boiling, add potatoes and cook for about 5 minutes, add the sautéed mixture, and cook for another 5-7 minutes until potatoes are well cooked.
Collect about 1/3 of the vegetables and puree them in a food processor. Return the puree into the soup pot. Add mushrooms and bay leaves, and simmer for 10 more minutes. Add salt and pepper.
The soup tastes even better on the second day.
Serve hot with sour cream and freshly chopped dill.
Make ahead: this soup freezes well for up to 6 months. Pour chilled soup (without sour cream and dill) into a large zip lock bag. Lock it, squeezing the air out. Lay flat in the freezer.
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