Recipe | Creamy Wild Rice & Mushroom Soup

Creamy Wild Rice & Mushroom Soup
And Soup Week continues! It also ends. I guess since I only post 2-3 recipes each week, theme weeks are not very epic around here, huh? Theme months would be way too much I think, but maybe I’ll start doing theme fortnights in the future. (Yes, I said fortnight. I’m fancy like that.)

Having grown up in the midwest, I can tell you this: Midwesterners like their food creamy. We love cheesy casseroles, anything made with canned soup, and all kinds of concoctions made with sour cream, mayo, and/or cheese sauce (usually and, not or). Being sick last week, I was craving comfort food and to me, comfort food is creamy food. So I set out to make a vegetarian version of the classic Creamy Wild Rice & Chicken Soup. And then, because it’s the New Year and I’m trying to watch what I eat, I set out to make a lighter version.

White Mushrooms
The biggest obstacle was figuring out what to replace the chicken with. I’m always hesitant to cook with seitan on my blog because I don’t know if that’s readily available everywhere. And tofu in a creamy soup? That seemed kind of icky. So I went with adding extra mushrooms. I know, a lot of you hate mushrooms. You can use something else in your soup then!

I adapted my Creamy Wild Rice & Mushroom Soup from this Cream of Turkey & Wild Rice soup from Eating Well. Instead of adding heavy cream or half-and-half, they used sour cream to thicken the broth. I love this method of making creamy soups–it adds creaminess without a lot of fat or calories. It also adds a little tanginess. My husband was on the fence about this, but I really like it. So be warned–if you’re ambivalent about sour cream, you might want to stick with adding whole milk, half-and-half, or heavy cream instead.

Creamy Wild Rice & Mushroom Soup
This soup was exactly what I needed when I was feeling sick. It reminded me of home, of chilly winters, of snow soaking through my boots and numb toes–okay, maybe I don’t miss everything about the Midwest. But it did remind me of the food I grew up on. Total comfort food.

Creamy Wild Rice & Mushroom Soup

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Creamy Wild Rice & Mushroom Soup

This Creamy Wild Rice & Mushroom Soup is made lighter by replacing heavy cream with sour cream. Adapted from Eating Well's Cream of Turkey & Wild Rice.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. white or cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 c. celery, chopped
  • 1 c. carrots, chopped
  • 1 medium shallot, chopped
  • 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • salt + pepper to taste
  • 1/3 c. white wine
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 4 c. vegetable broth
  • 1 c. instant or quick-cooking wild rice
  • 3/4 c. reduced-fat sour cream
  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add mushrooms, celery, carrots, and shallot and cook, stirring often, until softened (5-7 minutes). Stir in flour, salt, and pepper and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add white wine and thyme; increase heat to medium-high and cook 2 minutes more.
  2. Add broth to Dutch oven and bring to a boil. If you're using instant rice, add it now and reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and cook until rice is tender, 5-7 minutes, then stir in sour cream and parsley.

Notes

If you'd like to use non-instant wild rice, cook 1 cup according to the package instructions and stir it into the soup at the end of cooking time.

http://ohmyveggies.com/recipe-creamy-wild-rice-mushroom-soup/

Kiersten Frase

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Comments

  1. Autumn says

    I made this today — it’s so delicious! I didn’t have sour cream, so I substituted lite coconut milk. Thank you for the wonderful recipe!

  2. Heather says

    I made this today with the frozen rice blend from Trader Joes and subbed Greek yogurt for sour cream. It was hearty, warm and delish!

  3. Sarah Birtwisle Newson says

    Delicious, we tried this tonight. Really quick, easy to make and lovely on a chilly night. Thank you

  4. Molly says

    This recipe is confusing. Are you saying that the volume of wild rice need is 1 cup of cooked rice? This is pretty different from 1 cup uncooked.

      • Molly says

        Thanks for your quick response. I have some wonderful wild rice from the gas station near my grandmother’s house in N. Minnesota (3lbs for $10!) that I transported all the way to British Columbia in my suitcase. My approach given your recipe revision will be to cook 1 cup of dried rice in my rice cooker and add that to the soup at the end. Very excited to see this recipe because I have been vegetarian for about 17 years, but still remember my Minnesota born mother’s creamy wild rice chicken soup from childhood.

        • Kiersten Frase says

          I think the last wild rice I bought was $5 for a tiny little box. I guess I will have to stock up if I ever find myself in Minnesota! Cooking 1 cup of wild rice in advance and stirring it in at the end of cooking time will work perfectly. I hope you enjoy the recipe!

    • Kiersten Frase says

      I haven’t tried freezing it; I do know that dairy can sometimes be a little finicky when frozen & thawed, so you might want to freeze it minus the sour cream and add that in after reheating, just to be on the safe side.

  5. Madie says

    I would love to make this soup, sounds like a great vegetarian soup! But, can I make it without the white wine? Thanks :)

  6. Alanna says

    Will it change the flavour without the white wine? or what is a good replacement…I usually only have red wine on hand!

    • Kiersten Frase says

      I haven’t used red wine in this particular recipe, but I do like red wine with mushrooms and pair the two often in other recipes. If you use a dry red wine, yes, the flavor would be different, but I think it will still be good. Just avoid using a sweet red wine!

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