Its cold and we need food so take advantage of the cold to cook this absolutely delicious, body and soul warming soup. Well it’s more like stew as it contains loads of chunky pieces of mushrooms, potatoes and pasta with a rich and soothing broth.
The chorizo, made from the pork produced by Elgins own Terra Madre is a tasty dried lightly spiced sausage. It is a great product and can be used in small amounts in plenty of different ways. The chorizo adds a smokey rich flavour to this recipe, however you can substitute it for a more traditional sausage if you do not have chorizo to hand.
I have used Orzo pasta also known as rice pasta. You might find this a unfamiliar ingredient in the SA but look at Supa Sconto off 169 Louis Botha Ave JHB.
- 200g peeled and sliced onions (approximately two medium sized onions)
- 375g potatoes, peeled and cubed 2cm
- Salt and freshly cracked black pepper
- 2tbs olive oil
- 200g field mushrooms, sliced
- 100 button mushrooms, sliced
- 160g chestnut mushrooms, sliced
- 1 clove of garlic, crushed
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- 100g chorizo, cut into 1cm pieces
- 100g orzo pasta
- 125ml white wine
- 1.2L vegetable stock
- 1tbs chopped chives for serving
The most difficult task of this recipe is the preparation of the ingredients, it takes a bit of time, so pour yourself a glass of wine and take your time. Peel the onions and slice them through the root, like a cake, into thin slices. Peel and dice the potato into 2cm cubes and cut the chorizo sausage into 1cm pieces. Cut all the mushrooms into wedges as per the onions and crush the garlic.
Heat the oil in a large saucepan over moderate heat and sauté the onions, diced potato, salt and pepper, smoked paprika, all the mushrooms, chorizo and the crushed garlic until golden brown. Cover the pan with the lid for a few minutes while sautéing so that it does not take on too much colour, stir frequently to prevent sticking and burning. Do not be tempted to add more oil, the sautéing process takes about 8 – 10 minutes.
Add the orzo pasta and mix well.
Once you are happy with the amount of colouring deglaze the pan with the wine and cook until all the wine is absorbed.
Add the stock, cover the pan with a lid and bring the soup to a gentle simmer, stir frequently to prevent the pasta sticking to the base of the pan and gently simmer for 25 minutes over low heat.
Serve the piping hot soup with a sprinkling of chopped chives and warm freshly baked bread on the side.