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Ukha with Wild Mushrooms Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 1 lb. wild mushrooms, sliced
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 2 celery stalks, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tsp. black peppercorns
- 8 cups water
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- Salt, to taste
- Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)

Special Equipment Needed:
- Large pot
- Wooden spoon
- Ladle

Step-by-Step Instructions:
1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
2. Add the onion, carrots, celery, and garlic. Cook until the vegetables are soft and fragrant, about 5 minutes.
3. Add the sliced mushrooms and cook for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
4. Add the bay leaf, black peppercorns, and water. Bring to a boil.
5. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 30 minutes.
6. Remove the bay leaf and peppercorns.
7. Season with salt to taste.
8. Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with fresh parsley.


- Time:
Preparation time: 10 minutes
- Cooking time: 35 minutes
Temperature:
- Medium heat for sautéing vegetables
- Low heat for simmering soup
Serving size:
- 4 servings

Nutritional information:
- Calories: 120
- Fat: 5g
- Carbohydrates: 17g
- Protein: 5g

Substitutions for ingredients:
- Any type of mushrooms can be used instead of wild mushrooms.
- Vegetable broth can be used instead of water.

Variations:
- Add cooked fish or seafood to the soup for a heartier meal.
- Add cooked rice or noodles to the soup for a more filling dish.

Tips and Tricks:
- Use a variety of mushrooms for a more complex flavor.
- Use homemade vegetable broth for added depth of flavor.

Storage Instructions:
- Store leftover soup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Reheating Instructions:
- Reheat soup in a pot over medium heat until heated through.

Presentation Ideas:
- Serve soup in a rustic bowl with a slice of crusty bread on the side.

Garnishes:
- Fresh parsley or other herbs
- Croutons
- Sour cream or yogurt

Pairings:
- Serve with a side salad or a slice of bread.

Suggested Side Dishes:
- Mixed green salad
- Garlic bread
- Roasted vegetables

Troubleshooting Advice:
- If the soup is too thin, let it simmer for a longer period of time to reduce the liquid.
- If the soup is too thick, add more water or broth.

Food Safety Advice:
- Make sure to thoroughly clean and rinse the mushrooms before using them in the soup.

Food History:
- Ukha is a traditional Russian fish soup that has been enjoyed for centuries.

Flavor Profiles:
- This soup is savory and earthy, with a hint of sweetness from the vegetables.

Serving Suggestions:
- Serve hot as a comforting meal on a chilly day.

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Region: Russian

Taste: Savory, Earthy, Herbal, Umami, Aromatic