Oriental Pork Soup

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Ingredients:

1 tablespoon sesame oil
½ lb lean boneless center-cut loin pork, cut into ¼ x 1-inch strips
1/8 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger
6 cups water
2 tablespoons instant chicken bouillon granules
½ cup sliced carrots
¾ cup sliced fresh mushrooms
¼ cup sliced green onions
fresh cilantro sprigs (optional)

Preparation:

1. Heat sesame oil in a medium skillet. Add pork and ginger; sauté over medium heat 3-4 minutes. Drain pork and set aside.

2. Bring water to a boil in a 4-quart Dutch oven; stir in bouillon granules. Add carrots; reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Add mushrooms, green onion and pork. Simmer for 2 minutes.

3. Ladle into individual serving bowls. Top each serving with a sprig of cilantro, if desired.

Makes 6 servings. Preparation time: 20 minutes. Cooking time: 15 minutes.

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