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Recipe for Instant Pot Wild Rice Soup

 Miriam Hahn and Look Staff

Are you looking to whip up a delicious, hearty meal without spending hours in the kitchen? If so, say hello to this wild rice soup recipe, which harnesses the convenience of the Instant Pot, making it a breeze to cook up a flavorful batch of soup in no time. Moreover, the recipe yields six servings, so there’s a good chance you’ll be enjoying this soup for days to come after you make it.

Now, let’s talk about wild rice. It’s not your average rice — it’s nuttier, chewier, and packed with a distinct earthy flavor that adds depth to any dish. Plus, it’s loaded with nutrients like protein and fiber, making it a wholesome choice for your meal while offering up a convenient way to switch things up from classic white or brown rice. “Not only is this soup delicious but it’s also perfect for meal prep,” wellness coach and recipe developer Miriam Hahn says. “You can make a pot over the weekend and then you’ve got yourself a tasty lunch or dinner option ready to go for the week ahead.”

Gather the ingredients for Instant Pot wild rice soup

Instant pot wild rice soup ingredients

Step 1: Fire up the Instant Pot

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Turn on the saute setting on the Instant Pot.

Step: Add the butter

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Add the butter.

Step 3: Add onion, garlic, and mushrooms

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Once the butter has melted, add the onion, garlic, and mushrooms and stir for 3 to 5 minutes until soft.

Step 4: Continue building the soup

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Add the rice, broth, salt, mushroom seasoning, sage, and thyme.

Step 5: Cook the soup

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Close the Instant Pot lid and set the time for 35 minutes.

Step 6: Add the final ingredients

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When the time is up, release the Instant Pot pressure and add in the carrots, celery, and balsamic vinegar

Step 7: Finish cooking

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Set the time for 8 minutes.

Step 8: Stir in the cream

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When the time is up release the steam, open the lid, and stir in the heavy cream.

Step 9: Garnish and serve

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Top with fresh parsley and serve.

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Simplify your dinner plans with this Instant Pot wild rice soup recipe, which is loaded with veggies like carrots and mushrooms.

Prep Time
10
minutes

Cook Time
46
minutes

Servings
6
Servings

bowls of soup with bread

Total time: 56 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup diced red onion
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup uncooked wild rice
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon mushroom seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon sage
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • 3 chopped carrots
  • 3 chopped celery stalks
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley

Directions

  1. Turn on the saute setting on the Instant Pot.
  2. Add the butter.
  3. Once the butter has melted, add the onion, garlic, and mushrooms and stir for 3 to 5 minutes until soft.
  4. Add the rice, broth, salt, mushroom seasoning, sage, and thyme.
  5. Close the Instant Pot lid and set the time for 35 minutes.
  6. When the time is up, release the Instant Pot pressure and add in the carrots, celery, and balsamic vinegar
  7. Set the time for 8 minutes.
  8. When the time is up release the steam, open the lid, and stir in the heavy cream.
  9. Top with fresh parsley and serve.
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Can I make wild rice soup on the stovetop instead of in an Instant Pot?

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If you don’t have an Instant Pot or don’t feel like pulling it out of the cupboard, you can cook this wild rice soup on the stovetop instead. The process is quite simple and only requires a bit more attention to simmering times. Start by melting the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the diced red onion, minced garlic cloves, and sliced mushrooms, sauteing until they are soft and fragrant, which should take about 5 to 7 minutes.

Next, stir in the uncooked wild rice, vegetable broth, salt, mushroom seasoning, sage, and thyme. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover and let it cook until the rice is tender, which typically takes about 45 to 50 minutes. You’ll want to check occasionally to stir and ensure the rice doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot.

Once the rice is tender, add the chopped carrots, celery, and balsamic vinegar. Continue to simmer, uncovered, for about 10 more minutes or until the vegetables are soft. Finally, reduce the heat to low, stir in the heavy cream, and heat through without boiling. Garnish with chopped parsley before serving for a fresh, flavorful finish.

Can I use a different kind of rice in this soup?

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You can use different types of rice in the Instant Pot recipe. If using brown rice, maintain the same cooking time as for wild rice. For white rice, reduce the initial cooking time to 20 minutes. Adjust the seasonings as needed, since milder rice like white or brown might absorb flavors differently than the nuttier wild rice.

Rice aside, there are a few other substitutions that can be made in this recipe. To make this wild rice soup vegan, replace the butter with vegan butter or olive oil and use full-fat coconut milk instead of heavy cream for a creamy texture. If you can’t find powdered mushroom seasoning, you can swap that for 1 tablespoon of soy sauce or tamari. These substitutions not only preserve the rich and earthy essence of the soup but also align it with a plant-based diet, making it a wholesome and satisfying vegan meal.

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