1Soak the dried mushrooms in hot water for 20 minutes. Drain and reserve. If the mushrooms are in very large pieces, cut them in half.
2In a deep soup pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat, add the onion and sauté 3 minutes. Add the garlic and continue cooking for 5 minutes more. Add the fresh mushrooms and sauté until softened and lightly browned, about 5 minutes.
3Add the drained, dried mushrooms. Tie the epazote, thyme, oregano and rosemary sprigs in a bundle with kitchen string and add to the pot. Add the chiles and the broth. Stir and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 1 hour.
4Remove the herb bundle and salt to taste. Garnish with lime wedges or fresh epazote.
This easy lentil soup is healthy, filling, and delicious. It happens to be vegetarian, too, and is packed not only with tender yet toothsome lentils, but carrot, celery, onion, spinach, and tomato. A little bay leaf, fresh thyme, and a splash of red wine or sherry vinegar perks everything up. Perfect with a loaf of good, crusty bread! Read more.
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Softened vegetables, including onions and bell peppers, amped up with spices like chili powder, cumin, oregano, and cayenne, form the base of this tortilla soup. Chicken broth and tomatoes are added, along with soft corn tortillas that meld into the liquid to make a hearty, thick meal. Finally, shredded chicken is stirred in, and everything is garnished with crunchy tortilla strips, sour cream, shredded cheese, and scallions (avocados, pickled jalapeños, and cilantro would all work too). Read more.
Basic Vegetable Soup
This soup is an equally wonderful way to use up all the leftover veggie odds and ends in your fridge, or to celebrate the freshest produce in season by buying it specifically for the dish (and if you get a CSA box, it can serve both purposes). Whatever vegetables you use, this is an easy, nutritious, and delicious meal, and endlessly customizable. Fresh pesto makes a great, vibrant garnish, but you could also simply sprinkle on a bit of grated Parmesan and cracked black pepper. Read more.