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This stock adds so much to soups and sauces that it's worth freezing in cubes or 1 cup amounts to have on hand. From Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison.
- 1⁄2-1 ounce dried procini mixed mushrooms (about 1/2-1 cup)
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 carrots, diced
- 2 celery ribs, diced
- 4 -8 ounces white mushrooms, sliced
- 1 cup leek, greens and leek roots chopped
- 1⁄4 cup chopped walnuts (optional) or 1⁄4 cup almonds (optional)
- 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
- 4 fresh thyme sprigs (or 1/4 tsp. dried thyme)
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 4 -6 sprigs thyme
- 2 teaspoons tarragon leaves
- 2 small bay leaves
- 10 sage leaves (or 1 tbls. dried sage)
- Shake the dried mushrooms in a sieve to loosen the dirt.
- Heat the oil in a soup pot. Add the onion, carrots, and celery and saute over medium high heat, stirring occasionally, until the onion is well browned, about 15 minutes.
- Scrape the bottom of the pan to loosen the juices that have collected there, then add the dried mushrooms and their soaking liquid, the remaining ingredients, including the boquet garni, and 9 cups water. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer, partially covered, for 45 minutes. Strain.
- To make the boquet garni:.
- You may put them into the broth whole or gather them in a cheesecloth bag and tie with a string. If you put them in loose, just fish them when done making stock.