Friday, February 4, 2011

Wild Rice Soup

There's something hearty and almost meaty (or so I tried to tell Tim) about Wild Rice Soup. When I told Tim I was making Wild Rice Soup, he said chicken and wild rice soup? I said no, besides the bacon, there's no meat in this recipe but aren't you happy it does have bacon it? Actually lots of bacon. This recipe called for 1 pound of bacon, I scaled it down to 1/2 pound. Seriously, a pound of bacon?!!

I cooked the rice for this in my rice cooker. It produced perfectly cooked wild rice in about an hour. I don't know about you but I always have trouble cooking rice on the stove top. I love the depth of flavor the red wine adds to this soup. Whenever we have a little leftover wine, I freeze it in ice cube trays. Then when I need a little wine, I just toss in a cube or two. Like many soups, this one is better on day two or even day three.

Minnesota Wild Rice Soup
Recipe Courtesy of Lana Right Here Right Now
4oz wild rice
1 lb bacon
3 T bacon grease
1/4 c chopped green pepper
3/4 c chopped celery
3/4 c chopped onion
2 cans chicken broth
3 cans cream of mushroom soup
1/4 c sherry or red wine, optional

Prepare wild rice as directed on package. While that cooks, fry bacon until crisp. Remove bacon to drain, then crumble. Reserve 3 T for soup. Saute pepper, celery and onion in bacon grease until soft. Add remaining ingredients and simmer on the stove for an hour or more (tastes better the longer it simmers).

I am linking this to Foodie Friday at Designs by Gollum , Souper Sunday at Kahakai Kitchen
and Fat Camp Friday at Mangoes and Chutney.


  1. Yum, sounds good to me. And yes, a pound of bacon is alot, but...I'd be willing to sacrifice just to see how it worked out ;)

  2. What a great idea wild rice soup and of course that bacon would really add that special flavour bacon loves(mu husband) crave.

  3. What a great idea about the wine ice cubes! and I'm with you on cooking rice! I think I need one of those rice cookers!
    Your soup looks great, a whole pound of bacon? WOW!

  4. Yum, this too looks ideal for these bitterly cold winter days!

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  5. Wild rice is so amazing! And in soup, what a brilliant way to incorporate it. Bacon with the wild rice. Mmmm. I'm not even in cold weather and this looks good.

  6. Something new and different. I can't wait to have a bowl of this.

  7. I don't have a recipe for wild rice soup. It looks great. Thank you!

  8. I'm with you - one pound of bacon? Wow! I'll stick with the half pound you used. Wonderful soup, but my husband would be looking for the meat too, so it's a good thing there's bacon in it. Have a good weekend!


  9. My that is a lot of bacon. ;-) This looks like such a creamy and delicious soup--perfect to warm you up.
    Thanks for sending it to Souper Sundays. ;-)


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