I’ve used the same wild rice soup recipe for easily a decade. Used it and loved it, but recently I saw a version that called for a box of Uncle Ben’s Wild Rice. What a great idea! Easy to find at any grocery store, pretty cost effective, adds just enough wild rice that my kids don’t think I’m trying to poison them, and the seasoning packet really works great as a flavor source. Uncle Ben’s is fairly healthy, claiming to use only natural flavorings, so no preservatives as best as I can tell. So here’s the old tried and true, re-vamped to include the Uncle Ben’s. It makes great leftovers as well. Just re-heat and add a little milk to bring it back to original consistency.
1 (6oz.) box Uncle Bens Long Grain and Wild Rice (with seasoning packet)
2 1/2 cups whole milk (or equivalent mixture of milk and cream depending on your desired fat content)
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 cups cooked, cubed chicken (roasting in the oven is perfect!)
salt to taste
pepper to taste
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup cooked, chopped bacon (optional)
In a large, heavy pot, melt butter and add the onions, celery, and carrots. Saute until slightly soft; 8 minutes. Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Turn heat to a simmer and add the contents of the box of Uncle Ben’s Wild Rice. Cover and cook 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat the 1/4 cup butter in a small saucepan. When just bubbling, add the 1/4 cup all purpose flour. Whisk together and cook over medium heat, continuing to whisk, for 3–5 minutes. Don’t let this roux get overly brown, just slightly golden. Set aside.
When soup is done simmering, add the milk or milk and cream mixture. Cook 10 more minutes on low until rice has finished cooking. Bring back to a low boil and add the roux (butter/flour mixture) and cook, stirring until soup thickens. Add cooked, cubed chicken. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with fresh parsley and slivered almonds sprinkled on top. And another hold-over from my original recipe: toss a little cooked, chopped bacon on the top as well!
**Add other vegetables if desired: broccoli, cauliflower, peas, corn.…