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Creamy Coconut & Mushroom Quinoa Soup

Author - Alyssa Rimmer

This mushroom quinoa soup is creamy, naturally vegan soup made with coconut milk as the base. It's loaded with flavor, packed with healthy ingredients and makes for a perfect weeknight meal.

creamy coconut mushroom quinoa soup

When it comes to cozy recipes, I'm all for a creamy coconut soup. But coconut and mushroom? For the longest time, I thought that was a crazy weird flavor combination. I grew up with mushrooms in Italian style dishes with tomatoes, beans, pastas, stews, etc., that adding them to something Asian-inspired just seemed wrong.

But then in college, I fell in love with Thai food – especially Tom Kha Gai. This is a traditional Thai coconut soup that uses coconut milk as the base along with chicken, galangal, kaffir lime and mushrooms. It's heavenly and I've been a fan of the coconut mushroom combo ever since.

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So today I'm going to share my almost-spin on this soup in this deliciously creamy Coconut & Mushroom Quinoa Soup (really it's just the coconut + mushroom we're stealing). It's a snap to whip up, has the most amazing texture and the flavor is on point!

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I know not everyone out there is a mushroom fan, which is totally fine, but for me, they're one of those vegetables that I simply adore. Maybe it's because my Italian side of the family are mushroom farmers or maybe it's because I love how they add meatiness and richness to a dish, without being overpowering or heavy.

But more likely it's a combo of the two.

creamy coconut & mushroom quinoa soup

But maybe my favorite thing about mushrooms? They soak up flavor like nobody's business.

Which is why I think they pair perfectly with coconut milk.

Coconut milk has a very delicate flavor, but it's also quite pronounced at the same time. I can almost always tell when a dish has coconut milk in it. But coconut milk (similar to something like cinnamon) also adds a natural sweetness, so if you're trying to cut back on sugary foods, I think coconut is a great option. I personally use it all the time, especially for quinoa breakfast bowls and my morning smoothies.

creamy coconut & mushroom quinoa soup

For someone who doesn't have dairy milk in their diet, coconut milk has been a savior. Especially the full-fat variety. I use it to replace heavy cream in my baking, to thicken soups (like this Creamy Coconut & Mushroom Quinoa Soup), to make ice cream and also to make whipped cream topping.

It's incredibly versatile, and while it is rather high in fat, it's packed full of healthy fats, so I don't worry too much about it. Just like I mentioned in this post about how to get more healthy fats into your diet, they're super important and many of us actually need more!

how to make a creamy coconut & mushroom quinoa soup with simple ingredients

And finally, we get to the soup. Oh the soup.

I wasn't really planning to go in the coconut milk direction with this, but that's what I had in my pantry. You have to go with what you've got sometimes…and times like this it totally turns out for the better.

This soup is full of creamy, coconut-y, mushroom-y, quinoa-y goodness. The broth has the faintest sweetness from the coconut, the mushrooms have sopped up all that delicious flavor and the little quinoa pearls lend a unique texture to the soup that makes it hearty, but at the same time surprisingly light and refreshing.

It's a warm weather soup. A cold weather soup. And just a generally all-year round awesome kind of soup.

creamy coconut mushroom quinoa soup

creamy coconut mushroom quinoa soup
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Creamy Coconut Mushroom & Quinoa Soup

This mushroom quinoa soup is creamy, naturally vegan soup made with coconut milk as the base. It's loaded with flavor, packed with healthy ingredients and makes for a perfect weeknight meal.

Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword coconut, healthy soup, mushroom
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 424 kcal
Author Alyssa

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 cups mushrooms I used a mix of cremini, portobello and shitake
  • 4 shallots diced
  • 4 - 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons quinoa flour
  • 2 cups full-fat coconut milk
  • 2 - 3 cups low-sodium broth chicken or vegetable
  • 1/3 cup white quinoa or rainbow quinoa
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Sriracha to taste optional
  • Chives / parsley to garnish optional
  • Additional sauteed mushrooms optional

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a dutch oven. Add mushrooms, shallots and garlic and cook until garlic is fragrant and mushrooms have started to soften, about 5 - 6 minutes. Add quinoa flour and stir to combine and mushrooms are coated.
  2. Add coconut milk & broth (start with 2 cups and add more if needed), followed by quinoa. Bring to a boil then reduce to simmer for 20 minutes, until quinoa is cooked. Add more broth here if needed.
  3. Stir in lemon juice, season with salt and pepper (and Sriracha if using). Cook for another 5 minutes.
  4. Serve immediately. Garnish with fresh herbs and additional sauteed mushrooms.

Recipe Notes

adapted from food opera

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Coconut Mushroom & Quinoa Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 424 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 33g 51%
Saturated Fat 22g 110%
Sodium 134mg 6%
Potassium 944mg 27%
Total Carbohydrates 27g 9%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 5g
Protein 11g 22%
Vitamin C 25.3%
Calcium 5.7%
Iron 32.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

a creamy coconut & mushroom quinoa soup served with sauteed mushrooms
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  1. This looks so delicious! For the mushrooms, do you have a general weight estimate? Let’s say for just cremini with a dash of shiitake ;). Helps for my shopping planning! Thank you!

  2. I have made this soup for the soup party with my girlfriends and they all appreciated it so much. I think they will be visiting this blog as well. Thank you for your efforts!

  3. I have a bunch of mushroom broth in my pantry. Would you suggest using it instead of vegetable broth in a recipe like this? I think it would probably make the soup even more mushroom-y, which I’m personally a fan of. What do you think?

  4. Excellent.excellent, excellent, Best creamy mushroom soup I have ever had. And so quick to make. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Wow this soup is going down as my favorites! It was so tasty and finished by the family before I could get a second bowl! Thank you!

  6. We tried this the other night and it was simply delicious! The combination of coconut milk and mushrooms is wonderful! Creamy, savory and satisfying! It was even better the next day. We will definitely make this again!

  7. This is the best mushroom soup I’ve been ever had! It had an amazing buttery type flavor. I added some red pepper flakes and it was perfect. Will definitely be making it again.

  8. Hi Alyssa, this looks deee-vine! Can you please clarify the size in weight (oz or g) of the can of full-fat coconut milk?
    Thanks in advance.
    Andrea

  9. I made this tonight and it is divine!!! Thank you for this wonderful recipe, it’s will be on high rotation as our colder months approach. My best friend is vegan and I’m constantly looking for great tasting recipes to impress her with….she loved it!!!!

  10. Thank you sooo much! I have always been obsessed with mushroom soup! I recently got diagnosed with PCOS, and these ingredients look perfect for healing my body and delicious enough to nourish my soul too 🙂

  11. I admire vegan cooking, but I hate it when people use broth… it’s just disgusting…. You’re spoiling your food with chemicals, ruining the taste of the freshness… sorry.

    • Quite a violent reaction to broth….lol. I save veggie scraps in a bag in the freezer. When the bag is full it goes into a large pot covered with water and simmered for a couple of hours. Then it gets strained and put in containers and back in the freezer. Nothing disgusting, no chemicals, no worries.

    • Quite a violent reaction to broth….lol. I save veggie scraps in a bag in the freezer. When the bag is full it goes into a large pot covered with water and simmered for a couple of hours. Then it gets strained and put in containers and back in the freezer. Nothing disgusting, no chemicals, no worries.

  12. Great recipe! Not only did my husband love it our 17 month old couldn’t get enough of it. She wouldn’t eat her fruit and veggies any more once she tried the soup. Thank you!!!!

  13. Hello,

    I’d love to give this recipe a try. I don’t have quinoa flour and am wondering if I can sub it out for whole wheat flour or something else?

  14. Hi Alyssa,
    I LOVE mushroom soup. It’s my very favorite. Thanks for creating a way to incorporate mushrooms and quinoa in a delicious gluten-free dairy free mushroom soup. Keep on cooking! Lovin’ your results. Happy New Year! Susan

  15. If I have cooked quinoa, can I add it instead? Could I use a bit more and cooked for less time? I’m really looking forward to this soup!

    • Yes, I think you could! I’d say that you just add it in at the very end (maybe 5 minutes left of cooking), and reduce the liquid by at least 1/2 a cup. Perhaps just start with 1 1/2 cups water and then add more as needed. Let me know how it turns out for you!

  16. Great timing! I needed to use some mushrooms and this turned out to be the perfect soup for a snowy Oregon Sunday. My husband exclaimed “wow!” after the first spoonful. It was quick and easy. We’ll definitely make this again.

    • This is so awesome! Thank you for sharing Cindy 🙂 I’m thrilled to hear you both enjoyed it. And isn’t it great, how easy it is!? I’ll definitely be creating more soups like this soon! xo

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