Thick and creamy, yet delicate in flavor. This cozy Creamy Leek and Wild Rice Soup is perfect all year round. It comes from Vanessa Croessmann’s new cookbook, Awesome Vegan Soups: 80 Easy, Affordable Whole Food Stews, Chilis and Chowders for Good Health. It’s a keeper!
For me, soup season is all year. I could eat it every day. Brothy, hearty, creamy, chunky, spicy, refreshing – I love them all! Which is why I’m so excited to tell you about this new cookbook today! Not only will you get a full review of Vanessa Croessmann’s new book, Awesome Vegan Soups, but Vanessa is generously letting me share the recipe for her totally delicious Creamy Leek and Wild Rice Soup. Keep reading to get all the details!
Meet Vanessa Croessmann
Vanessa is the voice, photographer, and recipe creator of the blog, Vegan Family Recipes. She is also a wife, and a mother to two young boys. On her blog, she shares healthy plant based recipes that will please everyone in your family.
I had the pleasure of meeting Vanessa (and Linda from Veganosity!) in the summer of 2016 when she was visiting family here in the midwest. She is just as sweet, friendly, and gorgeous in person that you would imagine her to be. The three of us had a great time munching on vegan food, sipping vegan drinks, and getting to know each other better. It was such a fun time!
I am thrilled to be able to share Vanessa’s new book with you today. I have always loved her recipes – her Vegan Cauliflower Leek Casserole is a favorite of mine – and this book lived up to all of my expectations. Not only did she create these 80 new soup recipes, but she did all of the beautiful photography herself too! She’s quite a talented lady!
Take A Look Inside
Awesome Vegan Soups is organized into four seasonal chapters, so you can cook with produce that is in season and affordable. Below are just some of the mouthwatering choices in each chapter and I can’t wait to try them all!
Hearty and Warming Autumn Soups: Mushroom Quinoa Chili; Autumn Vegetable Minestrone; Thai Red Curry Sweet Potato Soup; Apple Pumpkin Soup with Chipotle
Cozy and Filling Winter Soup: Creamy Potato Beet Soup with Horseradish; Indian Lentil Soup with Kale and Cilantro; Winter Detox Soup; Broccoli Potato Chowder
Bright and Fragrant Spring Soups: Easy Artichoke Soup; Creamy Caramelized Onion Soup; Spicy Orange Carrot Soup; Lemon Orzo Soup with Peas and Spinach
Light and Refreshing Summer Soups: Watermelon Gazpacho; Summer Vegetable Curry Soup; Creamy Cucumber Avocado Soup; Grilled Corn and Tomato Soup with Guacamole
Extras and Toppings: A bonus 5th chapter that includes recipes such as Vegan Sour Cream; Basil Walnut Pesto; Homemade Vegetable Broth Powder, Homemade Croutons.
This Creamy Leek and Wild Rice Soup is so good, you guys! It’s super creamy and so easy to make. Just a few ingredients come together perfectly to make this light, yet filling, soup. Pair it with a slice of toasty bread to make it even more satisfying. I can also attest that leftovers are just as good! The flavors continue to meld – I seriously can’t get enough of this wild rice soup!
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Creamy Leek and Wild Rice Soup
- 2 leeks
- 1 tbsp (15 ml) olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1 lb (453 g) potatoes (peeled and diced)
- 1 tbsp (2 g) fresh rosemary (finely chopped)
- ½ tsp fresh thyme
- 4 cups (960 ml) vegetable broth
- 1 cup (240 ml) water
- 2 cups (480 ml) plant-based milk
- 1 cup (170 g) uncooked wild rice*
- salt and pepper (to taste)
- Bread (for serving)
- Cut off the dark green leaves from your leeks. You can either throw these leaves away or keep them for later to make a broth. Chop the white part of the leeks into thin rings. The sliced leeks should weigh roughly 12 ounces (340g). Place the sliced leeks in a bowl of cold water. Rinse them thoroughly to remove any dirt. Drain the water from the bowl and set the leeks aside.
- Heat the olive oil in a large pot and add the minced garlic, leeks, potatoes, rosemary, and thyme. Cook everything in the pot over medium heat for 5 to 7 minutes, until the garlic becomes fragrant and the leeks become slightly limp. Add the vegetable broth and water and bring to a boil. Once the soup is boiling, reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes until the leeks and potatoes are tender.
- Puree the soup with an immersion blender, or in a blender in batches, until smooth. Add the milk and rice to the soup and bring to another boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring often to prevent the rice from sticking to the bottom of the pot, for 20 to 30 minutes until the rice is tender.
- Season the soup with salt and pepper to taste. Serve the soup with a slice of bread, if you like.