Mushroom Quinoa Soup

Yes I made soup. Again.

But this time I made a completely original recipe.

It all started with the desire to try to make vegetable stock.


Obviously the stock started out with the holy trinity of soup: carrot, celery and onion. Then I threw in some garlic and herbs.

And then I got a little out of control. I wanted potatoes to go in because I love potatoes. Then tomatoes because it rhymes. Just kidding. Obviously I wanted tomatoes to add color.

And then I added mushrooms. And that is where the inspiration for the actual soup started to come together.

I wanted MORE MUSHROOMS! Different kinds of mushrooms! And they would be the star of the show. Only supported by some onion and garlic. – Oh! and some diced tomato for color (yay color!). So I chopped all of this up, sautéed it in some butter and threw it in with the veggie broth.

But it doesn’t stop there. Oh no. You see, I had just bought some quinoa. And something was telling me that mushrooms and quinoa were the perfect pair.

So as my mushroom soup was simmering (and smelling like heaven), I cooked up some quinoa. I decided to treat it like I would pasta or noodles in soup. That is, cook it separately and then add it to the soup at the last second.

‘Cause I mean, look at it. So fluffy! You can’t go and ruin that by letting it sit in the soup forever.

The end product was AWESOME. And even more awesome because it is completely vegan and it actually tastes good!

Oh and because I created the whole thing out of my crazy mind.

Now I just need to write out a recipe for it. Which is difficult because my cooking methods are a little…er disorganized? Whatever. If I am inspired to pour some white wine into my soup, well then I’m going to do it and I’m not going to measure it.

So this is how it’s gonna be, folks. I’m going to be cooking a lot more – a lot of healthy stuff –since quitting smoking has given me time and energy that I didn’t have before. Oh and I’m not trying to put on that quitting smoking weight that everyone talks about (which I think is a myth, by the way… but it’s better to be safe).

Oh and last thing. I think I might be in love with quinoa. So if you have an recipes using it, please share!

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About kellchris

I'm an artist and art therapy student. When I'm not painting or experimenting with ceramics, I'm usually hiking, cooking, or making the big bucks bartending. View all posts by kellchris

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