World Famous (my world anyway) Wild Rice Soup

Don’t worry… I’ve got the recipe in front of me this time.  If I forget anything, I’m blaming the two beef bouillon cube containers that have been an endless source of fighting and frustration recently.  I’ve spent hours, it seems, on my knees searching for the elusive and fast-rolling plastic containers and lids to ensure each monster has their own, not to mention refereeing arguments when they don’t.  I’m hoping the circus tent that we bought yesterday (now gracing our living room) will provide an alternative source of entertainment and prove a worthy distraction.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Children of all ages, I present to you, Wild Rice Soup!

Wild Rice Soup IngredientsWild rice soup has long been a favorite of mine, thanks to my Grandpa (my Mom’s Dad).  Here is my personal recipe – adapted from a handful of others – intended to create a warm, hearty meal that resonates with memories, lots of love, and… oh yeah, it reheats easily, freezes well, and it’s the ultimate comfort food (especially for us Northern Minnesotans)!

Did you know that Wild Rice is actually a Grass?

6 T Butter
1/2 Onion, diced
2 T Flour
3 C Beef broth (I use bouillon since I rarely have stock on hand or the energy to run to the store)
2 C Cooked wild rice
1/4 C Grated carrots
2 Stalks celery, diced
3 Strips cooked bacon, diced
1 C Half & Half
2 T Sherry
1 Cooked chicken breast, diced (not the steroid kind, you only need about 3 chicken tenders worth)
Salt & Pepper

Wild Rice SoupGet the wild rice going first since that takes about 45-50 minutes.  Use 1/2 cup dry wild rice and 1 1/2 C water.  Bring to a boil, then simmer until the majority of the grains have split.

If needed, cook your chicken and bacon now.  You’ll have plenty of time.  Once that’s done, assemble your pot!

Melt the butter in a large stock pot.  Saute onions in butter.  Blend in flour.  Slowly add broth and bring to a boil.  Stir in rice, carrots, chicken, and bacon.  Simmer for 5-10 minutes.  Add Half & Half and sherry.  Continue to simmer until heated through.  Add pepper to taste.  Serve & enjoy!




2 comments to World Famous (my world anyway) Wild Rice Soup

  • This is one of those dishes that signifies the official start of the fall/winter season in our house. So yummy!

  • Mimi Danos

    Personally know, that this is the best wild rice soup, I’ve ever had.

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