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Best Soup Made With Wild Rice

Best Soup Made With Wild Rice

In the vast tapestry of culinary experiences, few dishes manage to transcend the ordinary, and our Vegan Wild Rice Soup stands as a testament to this distinction. Beyond its unassuming appearance lies a decadent and creamy creation that encapsulates our profound philosophy on food—a philosophy that revolves around the core principles of nourishment, deliciousness, and community-building. Join us on a culinary journey where fresh and healthy ingredients converge to form a savory masterpiece, inviting you to savor every spoonful.

Unveiling Our Food Philosophy

At the heart of this recipe and our recent Cozy Dinner Party is a tribute to our friends at Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove. Beyond their commitment to crafting top-tier kitchen appliances, our shared philosophy extends to embracing the art of living deliciously. It’s about setting aside distractions, embracing the communal experience, and indulging in the sumptuous flavors that life has to offer.

Best Soup Made With Wild Rice

A Culinary Celebration

Our Cozy Dinner Party served as the backdrop for celebrating the impending cool weather and the joyous reunion with my sister, who is making the journey from Southeast Asia to the United States. It’s a rare opportunity to share quality time, a stark contrast to our sporadic meetings in the past.

The gathering was also a nod to my personal quest to transition from a summer aficionado to a winter enthusiast. Embracing the chill requires mastering the art of getting “cozy,” and what better way to achieve that than with a delightful spread of seasonal delights, including our star attraction – the Wild Rice Soup.

Best Soup Made With Wild Rice

Crafting the Perfect Vegan Wild Rice Soup

This Vegan Wild Rice Soup is a testament to plant-based excellence. Creamy, cozy, and savory, it defies expectations by being entirely vegan, though you’d be forgiven for mistaking it for a dairy-laden delicacy. Perfectly seasoned and irresistibly tasty, this soup is hailed as the epitome of culinary satisfaction.

The Secrets to Perfection

1. Harness the Power of Cashews

Soak cashews while the soup simmers, then blend them with a portion of the soup to create an unbelievably creamy base. It’s a dairy-free secret that adds richness without compromising on flavor. (For nut allergies, consider our Wild Rice Mushroom Soup.)

Best Soup Made With Wild Rice

2. Introduce White Beans and Mushrooms

In the absence of meat, white beans step in as a plant-based protein, bringing a unique and delightful texture. Meanwhile, mushrooms contribute significant flavor, elevating the overall profile of the soup.

3. Patience with Wild Rice

Wild rice demands time, approximately 50 minutes, to reach perfection. Let the soup simmer until the rice grains burst, ensuring they are tender and infused with the rich flavors of the broth.

Unveiling the Ingredients

  • ½ cup cashews*
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 2 celery ribs
  • 3 medium carrots
  • 8 ounces baby bella mushrooms
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 8 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup wild rice (not a wild rice blend)
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 2 15-ounce cans white beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dried sage
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce, tamari, or liquid aminos

Masterful Execution: Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Prep the Cashews: Soak cashews in water while you proceed with the recipe.
  2. Vegetable Medley: Dice the onion, slice the celery, cut the carrots into rounds, slice the mushrooms, and mince the garlic.
  3. Saute Perfection: In a Dutch oven, heat olive oil, and sauté onion, celery, and carrots until lightly browned. Add mushrooms and sauté for an additional 2 minutes. Introduce garlic, thyme, and oregano, stirring for an extra 2 minutes.
  4. Broth and Rice Fusion: Pour in vegetable broth, add wild rice, 1 ½ teaspoons of kosher salt, and black pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook uncovered for 20 minutes. Incorporate drained and rinsed beans, and continue simmering for an additional 30 to 35 minutes until the rice is tender.
  5. Creamy Alchemy: Reserve 2 cups of hot soup (including broth, veggies, and rice) and blend with soaked cashews, 1 cup water, and dried sage until creamy. Reintroduce the mixture into the soup.
  6. Season and Garnish: Stir in soy sauce and the remaining ½ teaspoon of kosher salt. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Garnish with freshly ground pepper.

Embracing Winter Bliss

As the winter months descend, indulge in the warmth and comfort of a bowl of Vegan Wild Rice Soup, where every spoonful encapsulates the essence of coziness, community, and culinary excellence. Allow your taste buds to embark on a journey of delight as you revel in the flavors of this exceptional dish, carefully crafted to elevate your dining experience.

Beyond the Bowl: A Culinary Exploration

The Cozy Dinner Party Experience

Our Cozy Dinner Party wasn’t just about the soup; it was a curated experience of warmth and togetherness. Picture a table adorned with a fresh salad, a signature cocktail, and crisp bread—complementing the hearty Wild Rice Soup. These elements synergize to create a culinary symphony, where each bite and sip harmonize to form a melody of flavors.

Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove: More Than Appliances

Our culinary journey isn’t just confined to the kitchen; it’s a collaboration with brands that share our passion for excellence. Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove aren’t merely appliance manufacturers; they are enthusiasts of the good life. The quality craftsmanship that graces our kitchen extends beyond functionality—it’s a commitment to a lifestyle marked by tasteful experiences.

Winter Coziness: A Skill to Cultivate

For those of us who are summer enthusiasts, the transition to winter can be a challenge. The Cozy Dinner Party served as my personal endeavor to cultivate the skill of getting “cozy” during the cooler months. The soup, with its warmth and depth of flavors, became a centerpiece in embracing the winter season with open arms.

Seasonal Delights Beyond the Soup Pot

As we savor the delights of the Vegan Wild Rice Soup, let’s not forget the importance of a well-rounded seasonal menu. A fresh salad, bursting with the crispness of winter greens, provides a refreshing contrast to the hearty warmth of the soup. A signature cocktail, carefully crafted to complement the flavors of the evening, adds a touch of sophistication. Crisp bread, served alongside, completes the ensemble, offering a delightful crunch to each bite.

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