Cold Run, Warm Soup
Tonight, my parents, my sister and I suited up in multiple layers and headed out for a fun but chilly Jingle Bell Jog in downtown Shreveport. It was pretty brisk, but we didn’t mind…we had our antlers to keep us warm!
I thought we were all posing as reindeer. Clearly, not everyone was on board.
This race is always one of my favorites—people sing Christmas carols as you run, and elves and santas run wild.
After finishing the race, we headed home for a nice warm meal: soup! I cooked up a big pot of soup for us to eat after the race, guessing (quite correctly) that we wouldn’t want to cook once we got home.
This soup might seem like a hodge-podge, and it kind of is, but it was also really tasty. Thick, comforting, and perfect for a winter night!
Barley, Root Vegetable, and Mushroom Soup
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves minced
2 carrots, chopped
2 parsnips, chopped
1 rutabaga, peeled and chopped
1 small carton of button mushrooms, quartered
2 tbsp. dried porcini mushrooms, chopped
2 tbsp. tomato paste
1 tbsp. fresh rosemary, chopped
1/2 cup barley
6 cups vegetable stock
1 cup red wine
extra water, as needed
salt and pepper for seasoning
In a heavy-bottomed soup pot, heat olive oil. Add onion and cook for 5 minutes, until beginning to soften. Add garlic and cook for another two minutes, seasoning generously with salt and pepper. Add the rest of the veggies and the dried mushrooms and cook for about 15 minutes, again seasoning with salt and pepper. Add tomato paste and rosemary and stir until incorporated.
Add barley and vegetable stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, add wine, and bring to a boil once more, allowing to boil for about 3-4 minutes before reducing the heat again to a simmer. Cook for at least 30 minutes, stirring occasionally and adding more water as needed if the soup has become too thick (it will become very thick because of the barley).
Again, this is a GREAT soup for a cold winter’s night! The dried mushrooms and wine made it really flavorful.
Hope you had a great day! G’night!