Vegan Creamy Cauliflower Wild Rice Soup
This vegan creamy cauliflower wild rice soup is brimming with good-for-you ingredients yet you'd never know it based on taste. Its savory, rich, and oh-so-creamy base is made with a combination of cauliflower-cashew cream and vegetable broth.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Servings: 6 to 8
- 1 cup uncooked wild rice blend
- 4 cups fresh or frozen cauliflower florets
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 large white or yellow onion, diced
- 3 medium carrots, peeled and diced
- 3 stalks celery, trimmed and diced
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme or more to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary or more to taste
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
- 1 1/2 cups filtered water
- 2/3 cup raw cashews, soaked for two hours (unless using a high-speed blender)
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt, plus more to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Cook the rice according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
Meanwhile (about halfway through cooking the rice), bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the cauliflower florets and boil for 7 to 10 minutes, or until fork-tender. Drain and set aside.
While the cauliflower boils, heat the olive oil in a large stockpot or dutch oven over medium-low heat. Add the onion, carrots, celery, thyme, and rosemary. Sauté for about 5 minutes, or until the vegetables just begin to soften, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and continue to cook for another minute, or until it begins to soften.
Stir in the vegetable broth, increase the heat to medium-high, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, add the boiled cauliflower to a high-speed blender along with the filtered water, cashews, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, and sea salt. Blend on high for two minutes, or until completely smooth and creamy.
Add the cauliflower cream mixture and the cooked rice to the pot of soup and stir to incorporate. Increase the heat to medium-low and continue to simmer for just 5 minutes.
Taste and generously season with more sea salt and black pepper to taste. (I usually add another 1 teaspoon of sea salt and lots of freshly ground black pepper.)
Leftovers can be refrigerated for up to 5 days or frozen for up to 1 month.
If the soup is thicker than desired after refrigerating and reheating, simply whisk in a bit more vegetable broth or filtered water and adjust seasonings as needed.