Japanese Onion Soup

  • 1/2 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 carrot, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger root
  • 1/4 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chicken stock
  • 3 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 1 cup chopped fresh shiitake mushrooms
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1 cup baby portobello mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh chives

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan or stockpot, combine the celery, onion, carrot, ginger, garlic, and a few of the mushrooms. Add chicken stock, beef bouillon, and water. Place the pot over high heat, and bring to a rolling boil. When the mixture reaches boiling, cover, reduce heat to medium, and cook for 45 minutes.
  2. Place all of the remaining mushrooms into a separate pot. When the boiling mixture is done, place a strainer over the pot with the mushrooms in it. Strain the cooked soup into the pot with the mushrooms. Discard strained materials.
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