Wild rice adds a nutty, crunchy dimenson to this wonderful soup filled with rich, earthy flavors. Perfect in Autumn or Winter months. Ideal with a sandwich for lunch or as a starter course for a holiday meal.

Cream of Minnesota Wild Rice Soup
Recipe type: Soups and Stews
Serves: 12
  • salt; as needed
  • 3/4 Cup wild rice
  • 1 Cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 1 Cup flour
  • 6 Cups chicken stock (to 8)
  • 1/4 pound bacon; finely diced
  • 1 onion; chopped
  • 1/2 pound carrots; chopped
  • 4 celery stalks; diced
  • 1/2 pound mushrooms; sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons diced red pimentos
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves (to 2)
  • freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 Cups half-and-half
  1. Bring 2 Cups of salted water to boil in a saucepan. Add the rice and simmer, covered, until the rice is tender but still has some bite to it, 35 to 40 minutes. It will not absorb all the water. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a skillet over low heat. Add the flour and blend well. Cook, stirring, until light golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Be careful it doesn't brown.
  3. Heat 6 Cups of the chicken stock to a simmer in a large saucepan. Whisk in the flour mixture until smooth. Strain the mixture.
  4. Wipe the pan clean and heat over medium-high heat. Add the bacon and cook until almost crisp, 5 to 6 minutes. Stir in the onion, carrots, celery and mushrooms. Cook until tender, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes. Stir in the pimentos, bay leaf and thyme. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Add the stock mixture and wild rice to the pot. Simmer over medium-low heat, 20 to 30 minutes, adding more stock if the soup becomes dry. Stir in the half-and-half and heat to serving temperature. The soup will be thick. Adjust the salt and pepper to taste. Remove the bay leaf before serving.
This recipe yields 12 servings.

Each serving: 311 calories; 366 mg sodium; 62 mg cholesterol; 24 grams fat; 14 grams saturated fat; 18 grams carbohydrates; 7 grams protein; 1.92 grams fiber.

NOTES : Recipe, originally published in the Times in 1992 is from the St. Paul Hotel in St. Paul, MN

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