Are you looking for a hearty soup that will keep you warm during cold nights? Are you struggling to find tasty vegetarian recipes? Look no further because we have a recipe for one of the most delicious vegetarian soups you will ever eat.
The recipe that we have for you today is for vegetarian wild rice soup. It is quick and easy, and all your family will enjoy it even if they aren’t vegetarians. So put your apron on, and start cooking.
Vegetarian Wild Rice Soup Recipe
This recipe contains a variety of healthy vegetables and a creamy finish, so it is nourishing, tasty, and the perfect comfort food.
- ⅓ cup of raw cashews
- 2 tablespoons of white miso paste
- 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
- 2 teaspoons of Dijon mustard
- ¼ cup of cooked cannellini beans (rinsed and drained)
- 1 cup of cooked wild rice
- 1 large chopped carrot
- 1 bunch of scallions (chop the white and green parts)
- 1 bunch of thyme
- 1 chopped celery stalk
- ½ teaspoon of black pepper
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil (extra virgin)
- 4 minced garlic cloves
- 8 ounces of sliced mushrooms
- 1 to 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon of sea salt
- 2 tablespoons of chopped rosemary
- 4 cups of water
- 4 cups of chopped kale
- 1 ¼ cup of cooked cannellini beans (rinsed and drained)
- Pinches of red pepper flakes (optional)
- Chopped parsley (for garnish)
Prepare the cream sauce by putting the white beans, Dijon mustard, cashews, miso paste, and almond milk in a blender. Blend them until they form a smooth and creamy paste.
Now for the soup. Place the olive oil in a large pot and warm over medium heat.
Next, add the carrot, scallions, mushrooms, celery, and salt. Cook the vegetables for 8 to 10 minutes, and stir frequently until the mushrooms become tender.
Add the cannellini beans, rosemary, pepper, thyme, and water. Stir the vegetables and beans as they cook. Cover the pot and leave the ingredients to simmer for 20 minutes.
Remove the thyme and add the rice, kale, lemon juice, and cashew mixture. Stir to incorporate all the flavors. Leave them to simmer over low heat for 5 minutes, or until the kale is wilted.
Season the soup according to your taste.
Serve the soup with pinches of red pepper flakes, parsley, and additional lemon juice. Enjoy!
Tip: Don’t leave the soup to sit for too long or it will thicken. We recommend that you serve it right away. However, if it thickens, you can add an extra cup of water.
Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)
Can I store the vegetarian wild rice soup?
Yes, you can store the soup in the fridge or freezer. Double the recipe to make a bigger batch and place the rest in an air-tight container and leave it in the fridge or freezer. It will last for about 5 days in the fridge and six months in the freezer.
How do I reheat the leftovers?
You can reheat the leftovers in a saucepan on the stove.
Can I make the soup spicy?
Yes, you can make the soup spicy by adding red chili flakes (as mentioned above), serrano peppers, or jalapeno.
What can I serve with vegetarian wild rice soup?
You can serve the soup with a side salad, crackers, or garlic bread.
What kind of seasoning can I use?
You can use herbs, Italian seasoning, or Cajun seasoning.
What is the best type of mushrooms for this recipe?
You can use any type of mushrooms for this recipe—like Crimini mushrooms (which we used), Shiitake mushrooms, Chanterelle mushrooms, or white button mushrooms.
Do I have to add mushrooms?
No, you don’t have to add mushrooms. If you aren’t a mushroom fan, simply remove this ingredient from your recipe. Your soup will still be as tasty.
Can I make the soup with pre-cooked rice?
Yes, you can make the soup with pre-cooked rice. Since wild rice takes longer to cook, you can prepare it in advance to save time. Place it in an air-tight container and store it in the fridge for 1 or 2 days.
Can I use basmati rice instead?
Yes, you can use basmati rice, white rice, or brown rice but the cooking time will vary for each type.
Do I soak wild rice before cooking?
Yes, you can soak wild rice before cooking and it will reduce the cooking time. That said, you shouldn’t let it soak for more than 3 hours.
Should I rinse wild rice before cooking?
Yes, you should rinse wild rice before cooking to get rid of the dirt and starch.
How is wild rice different from other types of rice?
Wild rice is different because it isn’t actually rice. It is quite similar to brown and white rice but it is, in fact, a grass seed that you can find in lakes.
Is wild rice healthy?
Yes. Wild rice has many health benefits:
- It helps you manage or lose weight since it is gluten-free and lower in calories.
- It provides your body with the necessary nutrients like magnesium, which can increase your energy levels.
- It contains high levels of antioxidants that will protect you from various diseases and slow down the signs of aging.
- It helps build muscle since it contains protein.
- It contains fibers that can improve your digestion by preventing cramping, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation.
- It is perfect for diabetics since it is grain-free.
- It contains vitamins A, C, and E which can help boost your immune system.
- It reduces inflammation since it is alkaline-forming.
- It keeps your heart healthy by reducing bad cholesterol and blood pressure thanks to its high fiber.
- Pregnant women can benefit from wild rice because it contains high levels of vitamin B9, which is known to reduce birth defects.
- Wild rice serves as a great substitute for protein, which is why vegans and vegetarians should include it in their diet.
This is the perfect dish for vegetarians who want a healthy meal for their families. The recipe we included here will only take you 45 minutes to make and can serve up to 4 people. Keep your family warm and healthy this fall with this delicious creamy soup.