‘Tis the season for stick-to-your-ribs soups. While I think there’s something very elegant about a perfectly smooth bisque, when I’m hankering for a soup that is a full meal on its own, a purely blended number won’t do. I need to have something to bite into for a soup to seem especially satiating.
(In some ways it’s like having a smoothie for breakfast. For me, slurpable smoothies just aren’t filling enough unless I’m planning on eating an hour later.)
This creamy mushroom soup with lentils and brown rice has all of the velvetiness of a cream of mushroom soup plus the hearty, protein-packed oomph of added lentils and rice. Delicate French lentils du Puy hold their toothsome shape, unlike their brown or red brethren. This is the kind of soup that only requires some crackers or a loaf of crusty bread for dipping and nothing else. Dinner is served.
Obviously, this vegan soup doesn’t have a drop of dairy. It gets its creaminess by way of raw cashews. (If you don’t have a high-speed blender, you’ll need to soak the raw cashews for a few hours in water to soften them. Just drain off the soaking liquid before starting the recipe.)
This filling & bone-warming creamy mushroom soup includes:
- Cremini or button mushrooms
- French lentils du Puy
- Basmati brown rice
- Onions & garlic
- Sage & thyme
- And a mushroom-y cashew cream
The soup reheats well if you want to make extra. Just be aware that it will continue to thicken in the refrigerator. So you’ll need to add a splash of water before reheating.
If you’re a big mushroom fan like I am, you’re going to love this cozy and warming sauna-in-a-bowl.
(Short on time? I used Basmati brown rice here, but if time is at a minimum, grab pink rice instead. Reduce the cooking liquid by ½ cup, and cook for just 20 minutes instead of 30 before adding the mushroom-y cashew cream.)
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