Sunday, October 8, 2023

Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup


  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • ¾ cup finely chopped carrots
  • ½ cup finely chopped celery
  • 8 oz. Baby Bella (cremini) mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup dry wild rice blend
  • 1 Tbsp. poultry seasoning 
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • 4 cups (1 quart) vegetable broth
  • ⅔ cup heavy cream (or cashew cream)
  • ⅓ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese (regular or gfcf)
  1. Measure out heavy cream and let it sit at room temperature while you prepare soup. Or, prepare cashew cream, if using. See notes for instructions.
  2. Heat oil and butter in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the onion, carrots, and celery, and cook for 8 minutes, or until softened.
  3. Add mushrooms and garlic, and stir to combine. Cook for 6 to 8 minutes, stirring only occasionally, until the mushrooms are soft and slightly golden.
  4. Add rice and stir to coat. Let the rice cook for 1 to 2 minutes to lightly toast the grains. Stir in poultry seasoning, salt, and pepper.
  5. Add broth and 1 cup of water; stir well. Bring the mixture to a low boil, cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 45 to 60 minutes, or until the rice is tender.
  6. Remove the lid and stir in the heavy cream (or cashew cream). Gradually sprinkle in the Parmesan cheese, stirring continuously to avoid clumping, until all is combined. Remove from heat and ladle into bowls.
To make homemade cashew cream: Pour ⅔ cup boiling water over ⅓ cup raw cashews. Let sit while the soup cooks. When ready to stir in the cream, transfer mixture to a blender and blend until smooth. Pour cashew cream into soup and stir well to combine.
To Store: Refrigerate leftovers for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
To Freeze: Store cooked and cooled leftovers in an airtight freezer-safe storage container in the freezer for up to 3 months. Let thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.
To Reheat: Reheat gently on the stovetop over medium heat until warm throughout. You can also reheat this soup in the microwave, however be sure to stop and stir it every 30 to 45 seconds. This helps promote even reheating so the top layer isn't scolding and bottom is still cold.

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