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Vegan Mushroom and Thyme Soup

  • Author: Maša Ofei
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: serves 4


This vegan mushroom and thyme soup is super easy to make and is a beautiful combination of flavours. It can be served as an entree or a main, warming you up during the cooler months.  


  • ½ cup / 105g medium-grain brown rice (or 1⅓ cup cooked rice)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 250g / 8.82 ounces button mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 cups firmly packed (1 medium-sized) zucchini / courgette, grated
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme (approx 2 sprigs)
  • 6 cups / 1½ liters vegetable broth*(or store-bought)
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 12 teaspoons salt (or to taste)

Toppings: (optional)

  • Mushrooms, sauteed
  • Chives, chopped
  • Thyme, just leaves
  • Olive oil


  1. Rinse the rice well and add it to a small saucepan. Add 1 cup / 250ml of fresh water and bring it to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, place the pot lid askew to let steam escape, and cook until all the water has evaporated.
  2. For the rest of the soup, place a large saucepan on medium-high heat, add the oil, onions, and garlic, putting the lid on completely. Let the steam help to cook the onion and garlic, stirring after a couple of minutes.
  3. Add in the chopped mushrooms and place the lid back on again. Cook for a further 3-5 minutes. This will help sweat down the mushrooms and create a bit of a sauce down the bottom of the pan.
  4. Add in the grated zucchini and stir well.
  5. Add in the thyme and broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a gentle simmer. This should take about 10 minutes.
  6. Around this time, the rice would have finished cooking, and you can add it in. Simmer for a further 20 minutes.
  7. Add pepper and salt to taste. 
  8. If you want a creamier, less chunky soup, you can blitz the soup with an emersion blender a few times. 


Broth / stock: Alternatively use a store-bought stock or 1 teaspoon of powdered stock with 6 cups / 1½ liters of boiling water

  • Diet: Vegan

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