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BEST Minnesota Wild Rice Soup

Minnesota Wild Rice Soup

Minnesota Wild Rice Soup

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Minnesota Wild Rice Soup

Minnesota Wild Rice Soup


Are you looking for a creamy, hearty, comforting and completely satisfying soup? Search no further, this is one of my very favorite warm you -through-and-through soups and it is seriously the BEST recipe out there! I will walk you through this scrumptious recipe step by step so you can make a gourmet meal and impress your family, friends and guests.  Let’s get started!


BEST Minnesota Wild Rice Soup


16 oz. package wild rice (2 1/2 cups)

1/2 cup butter (1 stick), divided

8-16 oz. portabella mushrooms, diced (depending on your taste)

1 ½  – 2 cups diced carrots

1 medium onion, chopped

1 cup celery, chopped

1 Tablespoon chopped garlic

3 oz.thick sliced diced ham, approx. 2 cups

1 – 3 oz. sliced almonds, depending on your preferrence – toasted*

1/3 cup flour

1 quart half and half (4 cups)

2  12 oz. cans evaporated milk

3 tsp. chicken bouillon (Knorr is best)

1  1/2 tsp. Montreal Chicken Seasoning

1  1/4 tsp. poultry seasoning

1/2 tsp. smoked paprika

1/2 tsp. salt

1 Tbl. balsamic vinegar

1 cup water

*1 cup milk, optional if soup is thick


Cook rice according to package directions.  

*I cooked the 2 1/2 cups of wild rice in 5 cups of water, adjust as needed.

While the rice cooks, in a large pot, melt 1 Tablespoon butter in a large pan and add in the carrots, onion, celery, and mushrooms.

Cook for until they are soft, but still have a crunch to them.Minnesota Wild Rice Soup 2Add in the garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Minnesota Wild Rice Soup 3While the vegetables are cooking in a non-stick fry pan, pour in the almonds and cook on medium heat until lightly browned.

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Do not add oil, just stir and watch closely as they will burn easily.

Pour out into a bowl when they are toasted nicely.Minnesota Wild Rice Soup 5

In the same pan, add in the diced ham and fry to crisp on the sides for flavor.

Add to the cooked vegetables.

Minnesota Wild Rice Soup 6 Clean out the pan, and using the pan again, you are going to make a roux.

Place the remaining 7 Tablespoons butter in the pan and melt.Minnesota Wild Rice Soup 7Add in 1/3 flour and whisk, stirring constantly for 2 minutes to cook out the flour taste.Minnesota Wild Rice Soup 8Add in the half and half, whisking along with the chicken bouillon, Montreal Chicken Seasoning, poultry seasoning, balsamic vinegar, smoked paprika and salt.

Whisk constantly.

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Cook for 3 minutes; still whisking constantly.Minnesota Wild Rice Soup 11

Add in the vegetables, the ham, evaporated milk, water and almonds.Minnesota Wild Rice Soup 11

Heat through.
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Adjust seasoning to taste and if it is too thick add more milk, or water, depending on your preference.  I did add in the extra cup of milk and it was PERFECT!
Refrigerate any leftovers and when warming, again thin with water or milk if needed.

Minnesota Wild Rice Soup

Minnesota Wild Rice Soup

Carrie’s recipe. Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2015

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  1. You had me at mushrooms as still one of my favorite veggies, especially in soups. Pinning to make and of course sharing too!! Thanks Carrie 😉

  2. Echo says:

    This looks delicious! Thank you for sharing the food of my people!

  3. Carrie, I love wild rice, and Lundberg is such a good one! Thanks for a great recipe- pinned! 🙂

  4. Diane Roark says:


    I love wild rice and mushrooms. I am going to have to try this.
    Thanks Carrie for this delicious looking recipe.

    Many blessings,
    Diane Roark

  5. I love creamy soups. Thanks for sharing on Tasty Tuesdays!

  6. Adrian says:

    Hey Carrie! Stopping by to let you know I love this Minnesota Wild Rice Soup recipe so much that it will be featured at this week’s Teach Me Tuesday Linky Party:) See ya there?

  7. You always bring the wonderful dishes to our party! Thank you. Pinned and tweeted. We feel honored that you take the time to stop by our party. I hope to see you on tonight at 7 pm. We love to party with you! Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

  8. Tanya Anurag says:

    Congrats! We have selected this post to feature on Wake Up Wednesday Link Party. Find it here-


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