My sister and my family tries to get together as often as possible, but it doesn’t happen often enough as the kiddos and the nieces have a full schedule with their kiddos, jobs, church, etc. You know, life stuff! So when we do, it’s usually over Thanksgiving holiday, when the air is crisp, and it’s Alabama-Auburn football. We usually have a great time, and good football watching food. One of the menu choices is always a crock pot full of chili, and for those who do not eat meat, a bit pot of this Wild Rice Soup. I am ready for some soup weather. And when it cools off a little, this will be one of the first recipes I will make. It is also a recipe you can make your own, add a little of this, add a little of that. Change up the seasoning or vegetables a bit, or add a little more. Make this recipe your own, but whatever you do, give it a try.
Wild Rice Soup
1 box of Uncle Ben’s White and
Wild rice mix
3 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 medium onion, chopped
3 carrots, peeled and chopped
½ cup chopped celery
¼ cup chopped green bell pepper
1/2 of an 8-oz pkg mushrooms or use all of the package if you want-I do (any kind you want-regular or protobello)
½ cup all purpose flour
3 cans (14/12 ounce each) chicken broth
1 Tbsp minced fresh chives
1 cup half and half
½ tsp garlic powder (or to taste)
Salt and pepper to taste
(If you like meat in your soup, add 1 slice ham -1 inch thick, cubed and saute with vegetables)
Cook rice according to package. Set aside. Melt butter in a large saucepan. Add onion, carrots, celery, bell pepper, and mushrooms (and ham cubes if you are using them). Saute until vegetables are tender. Add flour and stir until liquid has evaporated. Slowly add chicken broth, whisking to blend thoroughly. Add wild rice and chives. Slowly add half and half. Do not allow to boil.
**The original recipe calls for ½ cup wild rice, rinsed and 2 cups water. Bring rice and water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Boil 45 minutes and set aside. Then continue with the rest of the instructions. I have found by using the box of the mixed rice and spices in Uncle Ben’s, it not only speeds up the soup process, but adds a ton of additional flavor to the soup. Just thought I would share so you could decide which way you want to make yours.