Wild rice & Mushroom Soup

This Forest Foraged- Pacific Northwest wild mushroom soup is bursting with vegetables, fungi, and antioxidant rich wild rice.

a dutch over filled with rice and mushroom soup next to several small pumpkins and branches of greenery

Ingredients in Creamy wild mushroom and rice soup:

fresh ingredients-

  • leeks
  • celelry
  • carrots
  • onions
  • garlic
  • oyster, baby portobello, chanterelle mushrooms
  • fresh thyme
  • heavy cream
  • unsalted butter

pantry ingredients-

  • chicken or vegetable stock
  • dry white wine
  • wild rice
  • salt & pepper
a blue dutch oven filled with creamy soup

Equipment needed for this recipe:

  • immersion blender
  • heavy dutch oven or soup pot
  • sharp knife
  • measuring cups, spoons
  • lagre bowl
  • soup bowls- buy my favorite HERE
a black stone counter filled with vegetables, mushrooms, butter, rice and a large vase of deep magenta dried hydrangeas

Common Questions about this recipe:

Can I use coconut milk or a dairy alternative to this recipe?

The fat content and proteins in heavy cream are what make this soup so rich. If you cannot tolerate lactose, coconut milk or soy milk might be the best alternative.

Will instant wild rice work to speed up the cooking process?

Yes- but keep in mind, rice that is microwave will not have the same motional properties as long grain wild rice and will not the nutty flavor. try cooking the rice the day before and chill in the fridge until time to assemble the soup. This will help speed up getting dinner on the table.

Is this soup an entree?

Yes! It is so rich, hearty and satisfying, we serve as an entree at my home. A small side salad and a loaf of crusty warm sourdough are all you needed for a coat supper. No one will walk away hungry from your table.

So leeks or celery or both?

It’s really up to you- I love the taste of leeks and celery. But leeks can be a bit $$$, so feel free to just use celery.

Can I use dried thyme instead of fresh?

You bet! Obviously dried herbs will not have quite the same flavor as fresh. Use only 1 tsp. A little of goes a long way.

I do not drink wine. What would be a good substitute?

Adding another 1 cup of either water or chicken stock will be fine. Just delegate the pan with a small amount of liquid first before adding in all the liquid. Scrapping up those brown bits from the stock pot or dutch oven adds so much flavor.

Where do I buy these mushrooms?

Most grocery stores now carry all of these mushrooms- look for them in loose bins in the produce section. Baby portobellos are everywhere- they are just small, dark brown mushrooms. Often Asian markets have a fantastic selection of mushrooms as does Whole Foods, Sprouts and local farmers markets. You can use dried mushrooms and reconstitute them in warm water.

Piles of mushrooms, a small bowl of wild rice a large onion and glass of whet wine

Other soup recipes to try:

small brown cardboard cartons with die cut outs filled with exotic types of mushrooms

Tips about creamy wild mushroom and rice soup:

  1. Local and fresh produce always provides me with the best results. This is especially true with this soup. Fresh carrots and onions from my local CSA, Two Bear Farms , and a bounty of herbs from my own garden create this wonderful soup.
  2. Let your immersion blender do all the heavy work. Just chop, sauté and blend for the silkiest soup you can imagine.
  3. Leave the mushrooms alone once they hit the heat. If you fiddle with the mushrooms, they will steam and not brown. Allow the mushrooms to et them sear and then add back in the remaining vegetables.
  4. Normally, I would love to forage wild mushrooms like hen of the woods and chanterelles from our woods, but because we had such a dry season, it could not find any this year. Maybe next Spring, unless the bears beat me to it.
a wooden bowl filled with a variety of diced exotic mushrooms

Learn about foraging:

I love foraging for mushrooms each year in our woods. Look on Facebook groups to join a local foraging group or reach out to your local county extension office in your area. Never eat wild mushrooms without confirming from a local expert they are safe for human consumption. There foraging resources are listed below:

  1. National Audubon Mushroom Field Guide
  2. Western Montana Mycological Association
  3. Puget Sound Mycological Society
a few twigs of herbs being tossed into a blue dutch oven filled with vegetables sautéing on a stove top

Forest Foraged: Pacific Northwest Wild Mushroom & Rice Soup

Recipe by meggen Arthur Wilson Course: Montana Kitchen, MOST POPULAR RECIPES, Soups u0026amp; StewsCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Moderate


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Indulge in a creamy and flavorful wild mushroom and rice soup, filled with fresh mushrooms, vegetables, and antioxidant-rich wild rice. Forage your local woods and create this hearty and antioxidant rich bowl of comforting creaminess. Packed with leeks, carrots, onions and fresh herbs- this soup is easy to blend up using an immersion blender for the creamiest soup you’ve ever tried. White wine, rich chicken stock and cream add to the incredible flavor.


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, divided

  • 2 cups sliced leeks or celery

  • 1 cup sliced carrots

  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 6 oz chanterelle mushrooms, brushed clean, trimmed and sliced

  • 6 oz baby portabello mushrooms, brushed clean, stems removed and sliced

  • 6 oz oyster mushrooms, brushed clean, trimmed and sliced

  • 1 cup dry white wine

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

  • 6 cups chicken or vegetable broth

  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme (2 TBSP)

  • 2 tsp kosher salt and more to taste

  • 1 tsp black pepper, plus more if needed

  • 1 cup long grain wild rice, uncooked


  • Melt 1 TBSP of butter in a dutch oven. toast the uncooked wild rice for 1 minutes. Pour in 4 cups of water or chicken stock. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 50 minutes. Remove all the rice from the pan. Cover to keep warm. Do not wash the pan.
  • Melt 2 TBSP of butter in the dutch oven or a large heavy bottomed pot over medium heat. Add in the leeks, carrots, onion, garlic and sauté until tender about 7-9 minutes. Remove the veggies from the pot and set aside in a large bowl.

  • Add in 1 TBSP of butter to the pan and add in the mushrooms. Spread out the mushrooms in the pan so the surfaces touch the bottom of the hot pan. Sprinkle with 1/4 tsp kosher salt. . Let brown for 1 minute without stirring until the edges of the mushrooms are golden and crispy. You may need to do this in batches. Add in more butter if needed. Once all the edges of the mushrooms are fully browned, add the carrots, leeks, onions and celery back to the pot. Stir in the white wine to deglaze the pan and cook on low until the liquid becomes thickened. Add in remaining butter and the herbs, salt and pepper and cook to coat the vegetables with all the liquid.
  • Slowly add in the broth and cook until simmering. Add in half of the cooked wild rice. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Remove the herbs stems from the pot.
  • With an immersion blender, pulse the soup until it becomes thick and creamy- about 7-9 pulses. You do not want it completely smooth. Add in the remaining rice and heavy cream. Cook another 5 minutes testing for seasonings. Add in more salt and pepper if desired. I like a lot of pepper with this soup so adjust your seasonings as desired for your pallette.
  • Ladle into bowls and serve with sprigs of thyme or oregano or a decadent drizzle of cream. An earthy Pinot Noir pairs beautifully with this soup.

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  1. Hunky Hubby says:

    This was so good!!