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Natural Awakenings Twin Cities

“Creamy” Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 3-8 hours
Serves: 4-6 

Ingredients:

1 c. multi-color wild rice blend, uncooked*

1 small white onion, roughly chopped

3 stalks celery, roughly chopped

2 large carrots, peeled and chopped

3-4 cloves garlic, peeled

12 oz. fresh mushrooms, washed, divided

1 15-oz. can cannellini beans, undrained**

1 whole bay leaf

2 t. garlic powder

6-8 c. vegetable stock, divided

Salt and black pepper, to taste

½ c. full-fat coconut milk

¼ c. fresh parsley, finely chopped 

Tip: For less salt, rinse and drain the beans before pureeing them.

Directions:

  1. Rinse the wild rice under cold running water until water runs clear. Let drain and transfer to a 5 or 6-quart slow cooker crock.
  2. Add onion, celery, carrots, and garlic to a food processor and pulse until very finely minced and transfer to slow cooker crock.
  3. Add 2/3 of the mushrooms to food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Thinly slice remaining mushrooms and add to slow cooker pot, along with the finely chopped mushrooms.
  4. Add cannellini beans and a little water to food processor and puree until smooth. Pour into slow cooker crock with other ingredients. Add bay leaf, garlic powder, and 6 cups of vegetable stock. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to thoroughly combine all ingredients.
  5. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8. Actual cooking time will varying by individual slow cooker, so check for doneness after 2½ hours (or 5½ hours for low) and adjust cooking time accordingly. (The rice should be tender, but not mushy, when finished).
  6. When cooking time is complete, remove bay leaf and discard. Add coconut milk, chopped parsley, and additional vegetable stock, if necessary, to achieve the desired consistency. 
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