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Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup

vegan wild rice and mushroom soup

Vegan Wild Rice & Shiitake and Oyster Mushroom Soup

This vegan friendly wild rice soup is really easy to make, slow cooker friendly and perfect for week nights. I’ve tried to combine simple but delicious flavours to bring you a soup that is comforting, hearty and filling.

What’s in the recipe?

Wild Rice- I’ve used a precooked wild rice to save on time, however if you’re cooking the rice from scratch please refer to the cooking notes.

Mixed Mushrooms- I’m a big fan of mixing mushrooms such as oyster, chanterelle and shiitake however you can use whichever mushrooms you can get your hands on.

Vegan Cream- Using a vegan single cream such as oatly or alpro will work a treat for this. It really works with the mushrooms and the smoked paprika.

Tamari- Using tamari with mushrooms helps give an extra kick of umami, as it has an almost ‘meaty’ flavour to it.

Stock- I’ve just used a Kallo stock cube (the post on Instagram was sponsored by Kallo) and boiling water however you can use home made or shop bought stock if that’s available to you.


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Wild Rice & Mushroom Soup

Vegan wild rice and mushroom soup made using vegan cream, shiitake and oyster mushrooms and a simple stock. This can be made in a slow cooker or left to simmer slowly on a stove top for dinner. Either way, this recipe is utterly delicious, comforting and easy to make.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 21 mins
Servings 2 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tbsp vegan butter or olive oil
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • 1 white onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 200 g mixed mushrooms (I used a mixture of shiitake chanterelle and oyster
  • 1 tbsp tamari
  • 1 Kallo Organic Garlic & Herb stock Cube + 750ml water
  • 250 ml plant based cream

Herbs & seasoning:

  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp parsley
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp marjoram sub for chilli flakes
  • 180 g cooked wild rice *refer to notes if cooking in the soup
  • 1 tbsp pine nuts optional to top

Instructions
 

  • Finely chop the carrot, onion, garlic cloves, stalk of celery and fry in the butter for 5 minutes
  • Add the roughly chopped mushrooms and add the tamari, smoked paprika and herbs *note* set aside a handful of the mushrooms to add on top at the end, so they stay crisp
  • Add the water & stock cube and stir together followed by adding the vegan cream and turn right down to a low heat
  • Stir in the cooked wild rice and season generously with salt and pepper

Notes

If cooking the rice within the soup, add an extra 250ml of water to allow the rice to soak up, keep an eye on the levels of water and add a little more if needed
Allow 20 minutes extra cooking time if cooking wild rice from raw

If you like this recipe why not try my Garlic & Tomato Pasta Dish

vegan tomato pasta recipe

Dinner Lunch & Light Bites Recipe

Tuscan Wild Mushroom Creamy Soup

tuscan mushroom soup recipe vegan

Creamy Vegan Mushroom Soup

This comforting mushroom soup recipe is vegan friendly and really easy to make. Using garlic, oregano, thyme and smoked paprika it picks up flavours from the Mediterranean but with a smokey kick. Perfect for autumn nights, lets take a look at the recipe below.

Recipe Breakdown

Wild Mushrooms – Choosing wild mushrooms for this dish will give a slight variation in flavour and texture just from the mushrooms alone. I used a mix of oyster, chestnut and shiitake within this soup.

Herbs-  Using mediterranean herbs such as oregano, basil, and thyme with a little touch of smoked paprika adds a really beautiful depth of flavour. When you’re frying the mushrooms, onion and garlic in the herbs and oil it smells INCREDIBLE.

Cream- Traditionally with this soup you need a heavy cream which is basically a cream that has a higher fat content. There are loads of ‘creams’ within the plant based market at the moment so whether you use a soy based cream,  or an oat based cream it will work. I used Oatly single cream in this. When I add the butter to the recipe is helps thicken this as though it were a ‘heavy’ cream.

Cornflour- This is a brilliant ingredient. Naturally gluten free and brilliant at thickening soups and stocks. I added around 1tbsp to thicken this up however you can add as little or as much as you like (within reason, I wouldn’t add more than 2tbsp)

Vegetable Stock-  I use boiling water mixed with a good quality vegetable stock cube. If you’re doubling up the recipe, don’t forget to double up the stock cubes too!


wild mushroom tuscan soup vegan

Cooking Tips

Fry off the vegetables first

Frying off the onion, garlic, herbs and mushrooms first allows the mushrooms to caramelise in the butter. If you fry in a good quality non stick pan for around 6-7 minutes it gives the mushrooms and peppers enough time to start to get a beautiful glaze before adding the stock and cream.

Add the stock before the cream

When you add the stock you want to get the temperature to a low simmer first which will give the water enough time to start to mix all of those beautiful flavours from the vegetables. Turn the temperature right down so it’s not simmering or bubbling then add the cream. You don’t want the temperature too hot as the cream can separate / spoil.

Add crusty fresh or toasted bread at the end

Adding buttered toast or bread, or even leftover breadcrumbs will make a really delicious crunch in contrast to the creamy soup.


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Tuscan Wild Mushroom Soup

Creamy wild mushroom soup inspired by the classic Tuscan soup. Flavours or thyme, oregano, garlic and smoked paprika brought together with a heavy (vegan) cream to make an indulgent comfort food.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Servings 2 People

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 white onion finely diced
  • 1 pepper chopped into 4cm squares
  • 2 tbsp Pure Dairy Free Sunflower Spread
  • 5-6 sun dried tomatoes chopped into small chunks
  • 200 g mixed mushrooms chopped
  • 400 ml veg stock made with boiling water and 1/2 stock cube
  • 200 ml plant based cream can also use oat based creme fraiche

Herbs

  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • Large pinch salt & pepper
  • 1 tbsp cornflour to thicken, optional
  • 2 bay leaves not essential but works beautifully

Instructions
 

Method:

  • Add the Pure spread to a deep pan, place on a medium heat then add the onions and fry for around 5 minutes
  • Add the minced garlic cloves, sundried tomatoes, pepper and mushrooms to the pan along with all of the herbs and fry for a further 6-7 minutes
  • Once the mushrooms have browned add the vegetable stock, give a stir then reduce the heat right down
  • Add the cream and stir together, taste test adding more seasoning / herbs if needed
  • Serve with a slice of crusty bread & a generous slather of vegan butter

Notes

Try adding plant based chorizo to add a real smokey flavour

If you like this recipe why not try my harissa and potato soup.

Chickpea and potato stew vegan

Dinner Recipe

Potato & Cauliflower Soup With Harissa

cauliflower and potato soup vegan recipe

Hearty Cauliflower and Potato Soup

Packed with flavour, this harissa cauliflower and potato soup is hearty, filling and perfect for the colder months of the year. Completely vegan and gluten free, it’s perfect to make for friends and family.


Ingredients Breakdown

Potato and Cauliflower- The main bulk of the soup comes from the potatoes and cauliflower which help make this soup / stew extra hearty. I find that if you dice the potatoes into bite size pieces it keeps the cooking time nice and low.

Harissa- I’ve used a homemade harissa as I prefer the flavour which I’ve linked here. If you buy shop bought, the flavour can be quite concentrated so make sure you use the 1tbsp instead of the recommended 3tbsp for homemade.

Chargrilled Peppers- Using the jarred chargrilled peppers marinated in olive oil usually adds a kick of flavour. They’re smokey and have a gorgeous texture that works really well in this stew.

Chickpeas- This is an optional ingredient but I find it helps bulk out the recipe, especially if cooking for a bunch of people.

Vegetable Stock- If doubling up this recipe, remember to double up the stock. I’ve used just boiling water and a stock cube (with an extra half for this recipe). Keep your eye out for reduced salt stock cubes too, that way you can add salt yourself when taste testing.


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Potato, Cauliflower & Harissa Soup

Packed with flavour, this harissa cauliflower and potato soup is hearty, filling and perfect for the colder months of the year. Completely vegan and gluten free, it's perfect to make for friends and family.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

For the stock

  • 3 cloves garlic finely diced / pressed
  • 1 red onion finely diced
  • 400 g passata can use tinned chopped tomatoes
  • 1.2 l vegetable stock I use boiling water and 1 1.5 stock cubes
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds give them a smush with the back of your spoon to help release the flavour
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 tbsp cumin
  • 3 tbsp harissa paste if using shop bought harissa only add 1 level tbsp

For the Filling

  • 220 g drained chickpeas A 400g tin of chickpeas will drain to roughly 220g
  • 1 large cauliflower head chopped into bite size florets
  • baby potatoes, any white potato will work roughly around 500g of potato cut into bite sized pieces to help cook quicker
  • 100 g chargrilled peppers I use the preserved jarred ones, chopped up
  • 100 g spinach fresh or frozen

For the toasted seed topping

  • 1 tsp black sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp white sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp cashew nuts
  • 1 tbsp dairy free yogurt with a drizzle of harissa on top too to each bowl if you like

Instructions
 

  • In a deep pot or frying pan add 1 tbsp of olive oil then throw in the fennel seeds along with the diced red onion and fry for around 4 minutes
  • Add the minced garlic and fry for a further 60 seconds before adding the drained chickpeas, chopped potatoes & cauliflower along with the dried cumin, paprika and coriander, toss so all the flavours mix together
  • Add the chopped preserved peppers, drained chickpeas, and chopped potatoes then add the passata and vegetable stock, pop a lid on top and allow to simmer for 15 minutes
  • In a small frying pan add the seeds and bring to a medium heat to toast for the last 5 minutes whilst the soup is bubbling
  • Once the potatoes and cauliflower are tender add the spinach to heat through just before serving
  • Most important part - taste test the soup, season with salt and pepper to taste until perfect
  • Serve up in a bowl and top with a spoonful of dairy free yogurt and an extra drizzle of harissa. Add the toasted seeds and enjoy!

Notes

 
  1. If using my home made harissa (recipe here) add around 3 tbsp to the soup, however if using a shop bought, this can have a much more concentrated flavour so only use 1 level tbsp.
  2. I find antipasti jars of red peppers really give this dish the smokey flavour so don't hold back! Add an entire 200g jar (just don't add the oil) to the pot, slice up those peppers and enjoy
  3. Highly recommend mixing harissa in with the yogurt before serving
  4. Cut the potatoes and cauliflower into bite sized pieces to help with the cooking time, and to make it easier to eat!
  5. Feel free to add more passata to the pot if you like, it'll make it a lot more concentrated in tomato flavour but will be delicious

 

 

If you like this recipe why not try my Tuscan Wild Mushroom Soup

vegan mushroom tuscan soup