|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Servings: 6 to 8|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 12g||15%|
|Saturated Fat 6g||30%|
|Total Carbohydrate 19g||7%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||6%|
|Total Sugars 4g|
|Vitamin C 2mg||8%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
This traditional hearty meatless soup, known as zupa grzybowa in Polish is a national culinary treasure. Mushroom hunters, who seek out borowiki mushrooms in fall, dry them for use year-round. The soup combines dried, reconstituted mushrooms, stock, and either cooked with barley or served with kluski (Polish noodles), finished with sour cream before serving.
This soup is representative of the sour soups popular with Eastern Europeans—the Slovaks, Rusyns, and Ukrainians have their machanka, the Romanians have their ciorba, the Poles and Russians have their barszcz, żurek, chłodnik, and so on.
4 ounces dried mushrooms, such as Polish borowiki or Italian porcini
3 1/2 cups hot water
3 quarts beef, chicken, or vegetable stock
1 cup rinsed and drained pearl barley, optional
2 cups sour cream, more for garnish
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
Salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 cup cooked kluski noodles, optional
1 tablespoon coarsely chopped parsley, for garnish
Gather the ingredients.
Combine mushrooms and hot water in a large, heatproof bowl. Let stand for 1 hour.
With your fingers, work mushrooms to release any grit. Let stand until very pliable, about 1 hour longer.
Lift mushrooms from the liquid. Cut mushrooms into large pieces and set aside. Reserve bowl of soaking liquid.
In a 5- to 6-quart pot, combine stock, chopped mushrooms, and pearl barley, if using. Pour the reserved soaking liquid into the pot, taking care not to disturb the grit in the bowl.
Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally until the mushrooms and pearl barley are tender, 30 to 45 minutes. If making the soup ahead, at this point cool, cover and chill up to overnight. Reheat to simmering and proceed with the next step.
In a medium bowl, mix the sour cream with flour and temper by whisking in a little hot soup.
Pour contents of the bowl into hot soup, whisking constantly on medium-high heat until it comes to a boil. Adjust seasonings with salt and pepper.
Remove from heat and ladle into warm bowls. Serve with kluski noodles, if using. Garnish with sour cream and parsley, if desired.