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Wild Rice Soup

As the oldest of eight girls growing up on the farm, I began cooking at an early age! This soup—which I first had at my sister's house—brings me compliments no matter where I serve it. —Elienore Myhre, Balaton, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Cook: 1 hour
  • Makes
    8 servings (about 2 quarts)


  • 1/3 cup uncooked wild rice
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 quart water
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, finely chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups half-and-half cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • In a medium saucepan, combine the rice, oil and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, cook the onion, celery and carrot in butter until vegetables are almost tender. Stir in flour until blended; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Slowly stir in broth and undrained rice. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until slightly thickened, 2 minutes. Reduce heat; stir in the cream, rosemary and salt. Simmer, uncovered, until rice is tender, about 20 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 270 calories, 19g fat (11g saturated fat), 61mg cholesterol, 797mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • karen28
    Feb 12, 2021

    I wrote the below review and couldn't find a way to delete it and, although I forgot to give it a star rating, I want to revise my rating. After it cooled for a bit, it got much thicker and is actually pretty good. I used 1/2 cup of wild rice, which is plenty.

  • Gerald
    Dec 17, 2019

    Yum yum perfect! My changes: I used rice already in my pantry instead of buying wild rice. Used all the vegetables listed and threw in some cut veggies from my fridge. I used 1/4 c flour to suit the consistency I prefer (not too thick). I used vegetable broth instead of chicken. I left out the half

  • overdogged
    Oct 30, 2019

    This is very similar to mine. I use cup of rice. Also brown a half pound of chopped bacon and half pound s!iced mushrooms and add to soup. Also add chopped chicken and use half and half. Very filling. Nancy

  • Patty
    Oct 28, 2019

    This is an absolutely excellent base recipe. To those who give a bad rating because others made adjustments just stop! You are giving poor ratings for the recipes, not the reviewers. Cooks often adjust recipes based on ingredients they like or not. In my case with this recipe I used what I had on hand and what I like. I used heavy cream and milk instead of half and half and I add what I always do for soup: I added some concentrated chicken stock. I also doubled the veggies. Next time I’ll add more rice. Otherwise I followed the recipe and it was amazing. Will definitely make over and over.

  • hlona
    Aug 22, 2019

    A midwest finishing touch is always a splash of sherry : )

  • kmcope
    Nov 21, 2017

    This recipe is a good start, but as has been mentioned in other comments, it was pretty bland and watery as is. I changed things up a little the next time and it's awesome! I doubled the rice and cut back on the water to 3 cups. Also doubled the veggies. Added 2 cups cut up rotisserie chicken. and 1 tsp of McCormick Tuscan seasoning in place of the Rosemary. Comfort food perfection!

  • Val
    Nov 25, 2016

    My husband and I LOVED this soup! I did put in a bit more rice - 1/2 cup instead of 1/3 - because we like a thicker soup. It was wonderful! Will definitely make again! I also added a little ground red pepper at the end!

  • Jenna092
    Mar 26, 2016

    This is a delicious recipe! The only reason why my husband and I are giving it 4 stars is because we thought that it was in need of more rice and veggies. This was a perfect, meatless dinner, however!We doubled the amount of rice and added more vegetables. We also added chicken later on. It was pretty runny, but thickened up really well the next day. Delicious recipe!

  • qwm
    Nov 21, 2015

    Had this recipe sitting around for quite some time and finally tried it last night. The only thing I would change is adding more rice. I will try making it with a full cup of rice and maybe add a clove, or two, of garlic next time. This was easy and delicious!

  • gucci65
    Mar 5, 2015

    This was delish. ! I have made this several times. !!!!!