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Yield: 6 servings. 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 small onion, chopped 1 stalk celery, chopped ½ teaspoon salt, plus more as needed 1 cup basmati rice 8 ounces baby bella

Rosemary and Goat Cheese Strata

Yield: 6 servings. 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 small onion, chopped 1 stalk celery, chopped ½ teaspoon salt, plus more as needed 1 cup basmati rice 8 ounces baby bella

Chicken & Rice Soup with Mushrooms

Yield: 6 servings.

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
½ teaspoon salt, plus more as needed
1 cup basmati rice
8 ounces baby bella mushrooms, coarsely chopped
4 sprigs fresh thyme
6 cups chicken broth
Meat from 1 roasted chicken, chopped (approximately 2 cups)
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped

Heat the oil in a soup pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the chopped onion, celery, and ½ teaspoon salt. Cook for 5 minutes or just until the celery is tender and the onion is translucent.

Add the rice, mushrooms, thyme sprigs, and chicken broth to the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for about 15 minutes or until the rice is cooked through. Remove and discard thyme.

Add the chopped chicken and lemon juice to the pot. Season with pepper and additional salt as needed. As soup thickens, add water to desired consistency.

Stir in the parsley and cook for a couple more minutes before serving.

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This story was published on Jan 15, 2019

Lynn Wells

Lynn Wells is a personal chef with more than 20 years of experience in the food and hospitality industry and a degree in Nutrition Management from UNCG.