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This one is definitely not vegetarian friendly, but it sure is yummy! This is one of my husband’s favorite soups, so when he (finally) had an opinion on dinner and asked for Wild Rice Soup I happily made it that night. It’s not very often he comes up with a dinner idea- I don’t know why guys are content eating whatever lands in front of them! I know I wouldn’t be… Anyway, while making my grocery list I realized I haven’t written a blog post for this recipe yet, so here you go!
The ingredients are pretty simple. This is a great recipe for using up leftover ham and bacon, too. (I know, what is leftover bacon?) Aside from the wild rice, you may have everything you need to whip this up in less than an hour!
Let’s get started with a few notes:
- I really like the Simply Balanced brand (from Target) of cooked wild rice. Wild rice takes for.ev.er to cook (like an hour) so while this is a tiny bit more expensive, it’s worth it to make this soup quickly.
- I also usually make this after we’ve had a ham for dinner, but if you’re not making a ham then a “ham steak” in the butchers’ department works great.
- I play with ingredients depending on what I have. As long as the base is on point, feel free to add more garlic, more ham, more bacon- you get the point. I had about 2 cups of ham left over, but if I had 1 cup or 3 cups, I would have used it up.
- Salt & pepper is optional. Definitely taste before adding salt because the chicken broth, ham & bacon tend to be salty enough. I did not add any salt this time & it was perfect- even for my salt loving husband.
- Tired of bacon making your kitchen greasy & grimy? Check out our post on how to make bacon without a mess in 20 minutes! If I make bacon for the two of us for breakfast sometimes I’ll crumble & freeze the leftovers for soups, salads, etc.
- After you’ve sautéed the onion, garlic & carrots in the butter, you’ll make a white roux. If you’ve never made a roux, pronounced “roo”, it is SO EASY! Here’s how to make a roux with color examples so you know when it’s done.
- If you have leftover rotisserie chicken, this is the perfect soup to use it up in! Dice the chicken and add it to the pot at the end. Yum, yum, yummy!
Now it’s time to gather & prep your ingredients. (The teal pouches on the left are the Simply Balanced wild rice packages, so you know what to look for at Target.)
Once you’ve sautéed the onion, garlic & carrots in butter, add the flour and make your roux. Add the broth and stir while bringing to a boil, letting the base thicken.
Add the cream, continuing to stir and thicken.
Next add the remaining ingredients and stir. Simmer for about 10 minutes so the flavors combine.
And that’s it! Super easy and sure to be a hit with your family. I also made the most delicious No Knead Skillet Bread from Baker Bettie to go along with the soup. As someone who struggles with bread I can say it is SO easy.
This really hit the spot when Chicago temperatures dipped into the negatives! Looking forward to leftovers for lunch, especially since my husband is working from home in this bitter cold.
Looking for another comfort food to warm you up on a cold day? Then definitely check out these Quick & Easy Chicken Dumplings from DIY with my Guy! They are sure to hit the spot.
Want more soup ideas? Our Soups, Chowders and Stews board on Pinterest! There are hundreds of awesome recipes to try.