Shag Carpet Soup

Yeah, sure, it’s a terrible name for a good soup, but I just can’t help it. It’s just kinda funny looking.

After Christmas dinner, we were left with two great ingredients, goose stock and schmaltz. A bit of internet searching gave us the idea of doing a barley soup. A bout of too-lazy-to-shop, however, left us looking around for other alternatives. That’s when Mama Squirrel remembered that we had quinoa in the pantry.

Quinoa is a great grain. It’s light and fluffy with a nice toasty flavor. The coolest thing is when the germ separates from the seed. The germ is a tiny little curl that, for some reason, made me think of shag carpet. Trust me, it tastes better than that though.

Shag Carpet Soup

Shag Carpet Soup


  • 2.5 quarts stock
  • 1.5 cups quinoa
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 2 tbsps schmaltz or vegetable oil
  • salt
  • white pepper
  • poultry seasoning


  1. Bring 2 cups of stock and 1 tsp salt to a boil.
  2. Add quinoa to boiling stock. Reduce heat and cover and simmer for 15 - 20 minutes.
  3. Place 2 quarts stock over medium high heat. Bring to a boil then reduce heat.
  4. Saute onions in schmaltz or oil until clear.
  5. Add mushrooms to onions and saute five minutes.
  6. Add quinoa, mushrooms, and onions to stock.
  7. Simmer for at least 20 minutes to allow flavors to combine. Season to taste.

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