Wild Rice Mushroom Soup is a hearty soup filled with seasonal vegetables, fresh aromatics, and luscious cashew cream! It is a nutrient-rich vegan soup perfect for a cozy weeknight meal! (This recipe is completely gluten-free)
With the weather getting cooler by the minute and the sun going down even earlier, a large bowl of cozy Wild Rice Mushroom Soup is much needed! This soup is super popular in my household and one of my favorites to make!
Wild Rice and Mushroom
Wild Rice is great rice to use especially because it is lower in calories and higher in fiber, protein, and antioxidants than any other rice! If you are wondering if wild rice is gluten-free, yes, it is naturally gluten-free (especially because it is actually a grass seed)! The flavor of wild rice is slightly nutty and a bit earthy, making it perfect for using in soup! It is also a great addition to salad, especially paired with sweet fruit to offset the earthy flavor, like in the Wild Rice Salad.
Vegan Wild Rice Mushroom Soup
Yes! This super creamy wild rice mushroom soup is completely vegan! It is made creamy using none other than my favorite: Cashew Cream!
If you know me, you know I LOVE using cashew cream as a rich, creamy dairy-free substitute for heavy whipping cream, milk, or any other dairy counterpart. If you’re curious about how to make cashew cream or need a few other recipes to convince you of how good it is, check out my posts:
- How to make Cashew Cream
- Cashew Cream Veggie Pasta
- Dairy-Free Chicken Tikka Masala (SO GOOD!)
- Creamy Chicken Gnocchi Soup
- White Bean Quinoa Chili
What you need to make this Creamy Wild Rice Mushroom Soup
- Wild Rice: Wild Rice absorbs water slowly, which means it takes longer to cook than other kinds of rice. While soaking the rice is not necessary, doing so does help speed up the cooking process. When I am craving wild rice soup, I like to soak it overnight the day before I am ready to make my soup. I recommend soaking your rice for at least 30 minutes before making the soup to help to give the rice the perfect texture!
- Mushrooms: Use as many different types of mushrooms as you can get your hands on! The more variety, the better. I use crimini mushrooms, oyster mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, and portobello mushrooms.
- Seasonal Vegetables: Just like most soups, you’ll need a mirepoix: onion, celery, carrots. This is the base for the soup and also provides even more incredible nutrients!
- Aromatics: Garlic, Thyme, Bay Leaf and Rosemary are all you need to make this rich, tasty soup!
- Broth: Vegetable broth is used to keep this soup vegan. If you would like to use chicken broth instead, that works just as well!
- Cream: This dairy-free, vegan wild rice mushroom soup uses cashew cream to achieve the perfect velvety consistency! For the dairy option, you can use 1 cup of heavy cream instead of cashew cream!
Making Cashew Cream
Simply cover ½ cup of raw cashews in 1 cup of boiled water for at least 30 minutes or more. (I usually start by soaking the cashews first and then move on to other steps in the recipe while the cashews soak.) When you are ready to make the cashew cream, just drain the cashews and add them to a high-power blender with 1 cup of vegetable broth and blend until smooth!
What can I substitute cashew cream for?
If you do not want to use cashew cream, that is not a problem! You can use canned coconut milk for another creamy dairy-free, vegan option. Or, you can also use heavy cream for a rich dairy option.
Can I cook this wild rice and mushroom soup with white or brown rice?
You most certainly can! However, using another kind of rice drastically changes the recipe. Because wild rice takes longer to cook, if you are using brown or white rice, your cooking time will reduce by at least half, going from 40 minutes to 15-20 minutes. Keep in mind, wild rice also has a distinct nutty and earthy flavor, so the flavor profile of the soup will change slightly if you use white or brown rice.
What to eat with Creamy Wild Rice Mushroom Soup?
I enjoy my wild rice mushroom soup with a slice of Garlic Rosemary Focaccia (Gluten-Free & Vegan)! This soup is perfect on its own, but you can always serve it with a fresh salad, like this Vegan Caesar Salad, for an even fuller meal!
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Looking for more Vegan Soup Recipes! Try these GFB Favs!
- Homemade Roasted Tomato Basil Soup
- White Bean Kale Soup
- Roasted Butternut Squash Soup (Vegan)
- Ginger Garlic Bok Choy Soup
Creamy Wild Rice Mushroom Soup Vegan & Gluten-Free
- Large Dutch Oven or Stock Pot
- 16 oz mushrooms (or 1 pound)
- 1.5 cup Wild Rice
- 5 cups Veggie Broth
- 1 cup Cashew Cream (sub: heavy cream)
- 1 tsp Fresh Thyme
- 2 tsp Fresh Rosemary, chopped
- 4 Garlic Cloves, minced
- 2 Medium Carrots, diced
- 2 Celery Stalks, diced
- 1 Small Onion, diced
- 1 tbsp Herbs De Provence
- 2 tbsp Cooking Oil
- 2 tbsp Butter (vegan or non-vegan)
- Thoroughly rinse wild rice and transfer it to a small bowl. Cover the wild rice with cold water and allow it to soak for at least 30 minutes. Set aside.
- Prepare your mirepoix: chop the onions, celery, and carrots.
- Over medium heat, add the butter, vegan or non-vegan, to a large stockpot or Dutch oven. Then, add the onion, carrots, and celery, and cook for 8-10 minutes, or until softened.
- Add mushrooms and garlic, stir to combine, and cook for 8 minutes, making sure to stir occasionally to ensure even cooking. Add cooking oil if needed. The mushrooms should be soft and slightly golden when done.
- Once the vegetables are done cooking, add the rosemary, thyme, Herbs De Provence, and rice (drained). Let the mixture cook for 1-2 minutes.
- Add the vegetable broth and mix well. Bring the mixture to a boil, then cover and reduce the heat to medium-low. Let the mixture simmer for 40-50 minutes, or until the rice is tender. Make sure to occasionally stir the mixture.
- Once the rice is tender, remove the lid and stir in the cashew cream (or heavy cream// coconut cream). Let the mixture simmer for an additional 3-5 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and enjoy!