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chicken of the woods wild rice soup

Chicken of the Woods Wild Rice Soup

Chicken of the Woods Wild Rice Soup is a cozy fall soup perfect to enjoy after a day of mushroom foraging, or autumn hiking. Try this classic Minnesotan recipe to warm your soul!
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CourseVegan Recipes
CuisineMinnesotan
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Servings4 servings
Calories435kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 tbs Olive Oil
  • 1 Medium Finely Chopped Yellow Onion
  • 1 can Whole Fat Coconut Milk
  • 1 Cup Broken-up Chicken of the Woods
  • 2 Ribs Chopped Celery
  • 2 Medium Chopped Carrots
  • 1/4 cup Dry White Wine
  • 1 tsp Thyme
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 2 tsp *Salt To taste
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 Cup Cooked Wild Rice
  • 4 Cups Vegetable Broth or Mushroom Broth
  • 3 tbs Potato Starch or Corn Starch
  • 2 Cloves Crushed and Chopped Garlic
  • 2 tsp Mushroom Seasoning Optional

Instructions

Instant Pot Directions

  • Turn on the Sauté feature on the Instant Pot and add 2 tbsp. of olive oil, your chopped onion, and garlic; sauté for 2 minutes
  • Now add your broken up chicken of the woods, carrots, celery, white wine if using, and sauté everything together for another 4-5 minutes- until onions start to get a little clear
  • Add your salt, thyme, black pepper, and bay leaf.
    Sauté for one more minute
  • Add your vegetable broth, wild rice, and potato starch- stir well.
    Now cover the Instant Pot and pressure cook for 10 minutes
  • Release the steam and add a can of your coconut milk, stir well
  • Serve with crusty bread, a green salad, and a glass of wine

Stove Top Directions

  • On medium heat add 2 tbs of olive oil, your chopped onion, and garlic to a large stockpot - sauté for 2 minutes
  • Now add your broken up chicken of the woods, carrots, celery, white wine if using, and sauté everything together for another 4-5 minutes- until onions start to get a little clear
  • Add your salt, thyme, black pepper, and bay leaf. Sauté for one more minute
  • Add your vegetable broth, wild rice, and potato starch- stir well. Cover and cook for 20-30 minutes- until carrots are soft.
  • Add your coconut milk and stir well. Taste to see if any more salt is needed (amounts varies due to variable broths)
  • Serve with your favorite bread, good company, and a warm fire!

Notes

  • You can add either 1 tbs chickpea flour or all purpose flour as well. The purpose is to help thicken the broth.
    Do not use tapioca starch here- you don't want your soup to be gooey!
  • I made this recipe with light coconut milk once since my grocery store was sold out of whole fat coconut milk one time I made this.
    I added 2 tbs of powdered coconut milk with another tablespoon of coconut oil. It worked great!
  • To Precook Your Wild Rice:
    Pressure Cooker-
    The best method to precook the wild rice is in a pressure cooker for the quickest result. Do a 1:1 ratio of water to rice and cook for 40 minutes
    You do not need to soak the rice in this method Stove Top-
    Otherwise presoak your wild rice either overnight or for at least 3-5 hours, then cook on the stove with a water ratio 1.5:1 to rice and cook covered for 40-60 minutes.
    The rice can be slightly chewy since it will finish cooking with the rest of the soup
  • Consider adding 1/4 cup dry white wine when you are sautéing your onions and garlic- it adds a sweet depth that is wonderful in cream sauces and broths. The alcohol will cook out and the wine will infuse your vegetables with a tangy sweetness.
    The flavor will be more earthy without it.
  • The amount of salt needed will vary depending on the vegetable broth you use. If you are using a homemade veggie scrap broth with no salt added you'll want to add more salt vs using a prepacked vegetable broth.
    The premade vegetable broths tend to be high in sodium and may substitute any salt in this recipe.
    Try a 50/50 blend of black salt with truffle salt for extra depth in the broths flavor.
    Otherwise a simple sea salt also does the job!
    Taste as you cook to get your ideal proportion of salt.
  • Nutrition

    Calories: 435kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 2152mg | Potassium: 707mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 5600IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 3mg