Creamy Vegan Mushroom Wild Rice Soup
❤️ Here’s a cozy and perfectly hearty recipe to make for the cold, winter days. Check out the recipe below and save it for your next meal prep!
7 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided
14 oz mushrooms*, sliced (approximately 6 cups sliced)
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 brown onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried rosemary, chopped
1/4 tsp powdered/ground sage
1/2 cup white wine (may use vegan broth instead)
1/3 cup all-purpose flour (or 1:1 all-purpose gluten-free flour blend)
5 cups vegan soup stock/broth (or 5 cups water + 2 beef-style vegan bouillon cubes)
1 1/2 cups vegan unsweetened milk (soy or oat)
2 celery stalks, sliced (~ 2/3 cup)
2 carrots, diced or cut into half-moons (~1 cup)
1 cup wild rice blend
7 oz chopped kale ~3 cups/1 bunch
salt and pepper to taste
In a heavy bottomed pot or 3-5 quart Dutch oven, heat 2 tbsp (30 mL) of oil over medium-high heat. When shimmering, add the mushrooms and cook for 8-9 minutes, or until cooked and caramelized in spots. Add the balsamic vinegar, cooking for another few minutes or until the moisture has mostly evaporated and the mushrooms are glazed. Place the mushrooms on a plate for later.
Reduce the heat to medium, and add the remaining 5 tbsp (75 mL) of oil. When shimmering, add the onions. Cook until softened, 2-3 minutes. Add the garlic, thyme, oregano, rosemary and sage, cooking for 30 seconds. Deglaze with the wine (or equal amount of broth), cooking until most of the moisture is cooked off. Sprinkle in the flour, stirring frequently for 2 minutes. Pour in 2 cups (500 mL) of broth, whisking constantly to prevent flour lumps from forming, until the mixture thickens. Add the rest of the broth, dairy-free milk, celery, carrots, and rice and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook for as long as directed on the rice package – this will vary depending on the blend you’re using. At the end of cooking, add the kale. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the kale is bright and softened. Stir the mushrooms back into the pot. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.