Hearty Vegan Vegetable Wild Rice Soup

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This vegan vegetable wild rice soup is loaded with flavor and oh-so-comforting. Hearty enough to make a meal of and easy enough for a weeknight, this healthy soup is guaranteed to warm you up!

We’re heading into the coldest days of the year, and I for one am all about soup! I can’t get enough of it and find myself cooking big weekly batches of hearty soups for lunches and dinners.

Soup is delicious, can often be on the healthier side, and it’s great for meal prep (often being freezer-friendly!).

This vegan wild rice soup is a favorite that’s going right into heavy rotation. It’s delicious, satisfying, and versatile! You can have a cup of it on it’s own for a light lunch, pair it up with some crusty bread, or even add vegan sausage for a stick-to your-ribs winter dinner.

Let’s talk about how it’s made!

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  • What You’ll Need
  • How to Make Vegan Wild Rice Soup
  • Leftovers & Storage
  • Frequently Asked Questions
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  • Hearty Vegan Vegetable Wild Rice Soup

What You’ll Need

  • Olive oil. Feel free to substitute another high-heat oil, such as avocado or canola oil, or leave it out and sauté the veggies in water for an oil-free version.
  • Onion.
  • Carrot.
  • Celery.
  • Garlic.
  • Vegetable broth. I used Better Than Bouillon in seasoned vegetable flavor, but use your favorite!
  • Wild rice.
  • Diced tomatoes. Use the canned variety that’s packed in juice.
  • Tomato paste.
  • Fresh rosemary. Dried rosemary can be substituted, but you’ll need to cut the amount down to a teaspoon.
  • Sweet potato. We’re using a fresh sweet potato of the conventional orange variety (sometimes labelled as yams in U.S. supermarkets). You could substitute another type of sweet potato, or even winter squash or a regular potato if you’d like.
  • Fresh kale. You can use another type of green if you’d like, but you might need to adjust the cook time — softer greens like spinach will cook much quicker than kale.
  • Salt & pepper.

How to Make Vegan Wild Rice Soup

The following is a detailed photo tutorial on how to make this dish. Scroll all the way down if you’d like to skip right to the recipe!

  • Heat your oil in a large pot, then add diced onion, carrots, and celery. Sweat the veggies for a few minutes, until they begin softening up, then add the garlic and continue cooking the mixture for about a minute.
  • Stir in the broth, wild rice, tomatoes, tomato paste, and rosemary. Crank up the heat and bring the mixture to a boil, then lower the heat and let it simmer for about 30 minutes.
  • Stir in diced sweet potato and let the soup continue simmering for about 15 minutes. By this point the sweet potato and wild rice should be starting to soften up.
  • Stir in chopped up fresh kale. Tip: You might need to add the kale a bit at a time and let each addition wilt before adding more.
  • Let the soup simmer for another 15 minutes or so. You can let it go longer if you prefer your wild rice and/or kale to be more tender. As you make this soup again and again you might find yourself adjusting the timing of adding different ingredients to suit your personal tastes — that’s just fine!
  • Take the pot off of the burner and season your soup with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Ladle your vegetable wild rice soup into bowls and dig in!

Leftovers & Storage

Leftover wild rice vegetable soup will keep in a sealed container in the fridge for about 3 days, or in the freezer for about 3 months. The wild rice will continue to absorb water while you store the soup, so feel free to add more broth when reheating if needed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is vegan wild rice soup gluten-free?

It is!

Do I need to peel the sweet potato?

No, but you certainly can if you prefer to.

Can I substitute white or brown rice for the wild rice?

You can, but you’ll need to make some adjustments because white and brown rice both cook quicker than wild rice. For brown rice, reduce the simmer time in step 5 to about 10 minutes. For white rice, skip step 5 altogether and add the sweet potato at the same time as the broth, tomatoes, rosemary, and rice.

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