Craving something comforting but healthy? This lightly creamy wild rice soup with kale, mushrooms, carrots, and celery is just the thing for you.
This wild rice soup recipe is a sort of non-traditional spin on a classic autumnal wild rice soup. For the record, that’s the first time that I’ve ever used the word “autumnal,” but it’s also the first time that I’ve ever posted a recipe with wild rice(?!) so there are firsts for everything today!
Classic creamy chicken and wild rice soup is filled with ingredients that I don’t usually use – chicken, of course, chicken broth, and even heavy cream. At its core, though, traditional wild rice soup contains a base of delicious fall vegetables and the yummy, hearty rice, so it’s not hard to imagine a vegetarian version.
My Wild Rice Soup Recipe
In my recipe, I keep the veggie base, using aromatic carrots, celery, scallions, rosemary, thyme, and mushrooms, and I add a bunch of kale for a green finish. Instead of using cream or milk, I make the lightly creamy base with a vegan blend of almond milk, cashews, miso paste, and a touch of tangy Dijon mustard. The result is super cozy, nourishing, and delicious.
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Wild Rice Soup Serving Suggestions
This wild rice mushroom soup is a perfect make-ahead meal, which I tested by bringing it over to my sister’s house last night for a family Sunday dinner. Just take the whole pot and simmer it on the stove to reheat. If you’re looking for something to pair it with, I recommend homemade focaccia, cornbread, a hearty salad, or any of these simple veggie side dishes:
- Simple Roasted Beets with Citrus
- Roasted Delicata Squash with Apples & Sage
- Simple Lemon Green Beans
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts
- Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad
- Farmhouse Farro Salad
- Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon Zest
And of course, you can’t go wrong with crusty bread!
If you love this wild rice soup recipe…
Creamy Wild Rice Soup
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- ⅓ cup raw cashews
- ¼ cup cooked white beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 tablespoons white miso paste
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 bunch scallions, white and light green parts, chopped
- 1 celery stalk, chopped
- 1 large carrot, chopped
- 8 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons minced rosemary
- 1 bunch of thyme, bundled
- 1¼ cups cooked cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, more for serving
- 4 cups water
- 1 cup cooked wild rice
- 1 to 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 4 cups chopped kale
- Chopped parsley for garnish, optional
- Pinches of red pepper flakes, optional
- Make the creamy base: Place the almond milk, cashews, white beans, miso paste, and Dijon mustard in a blender and process until smooth. Set aside.
- Make the soup: Heat the olive oil in a medium-large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the scallions, celery, carrot, mushrooms, and salt and stir. Cook, stirring occasionally until the mushrooms are tender, 8 to 10 minutes.
- Add the garlic, rosemary, thyme, cannellini beans, pepper, and water and stir. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
- Remove the thyme bundle and stir in the cashew mixture, rice, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and kale. Simmer over low heat until the kale is wilted, about 5 minutes. Season to taste and serve with more lemon juice, parsley and pinches of red pepper flakes, if desired.
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