Minnesota Wild Rice Soup

One year I got extra fancy and started out Thanksgiving dinner with this wonderful soup! It’s a delicious and satisfying winter meal in itself.

Yields 8-10 first course servings


1 cup uncooked wild rice

2 tablespoons butter

2 leeks, diced (about 2-1/2 cups)

2 plum tomatoes, diced (1 cup)

4 celery stalks, diced (1 cup)

8 ounces mushrooms, sliced (2 cups)

2 cloves garlic

1/4 cup flour

6 cups chicken broth

2-3 bone-in chicken breasts, cooked, removed from skin and bone, and diced (1 1/2 cups)

1 cup cream

1/4 cup dry sherry

1 tablespoon honey

Salt and pepper, to taste


Cook the wild rice according to the directions on the package. Wild rice generally takes 55-60 minutes to cook.

In a large soup pot, melt the butter and sauté the leeks, tomatoes, celery, mushrooms, and garlic on medium high heat. Cook for about 15 minutes, or until the vegetables have softened, stirring occasionally.

Add the flour and stir until blended into the vegetables. Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Once boiling, cover, turn the heat down to low, and simmer for 30 minutes.

Add the wild rice and chicken. Stir in the cream, honey and sherry. Cook until thoroughly heated. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve hot!

13 thoughts on “Minnesota Wild Rice Soup

  1. notedinnashville says:

    This looks soooo good. Wish I was eating it right now.

  2. Reblogged this on Romancing the Bee and commented:

    I adore this soup!! It’s perfect all winter long…

  3. Jueseppi B. says:

    Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat™.

  4. Any particular reason it’s Minnesota soup? (I checked your ‘About’ to find that you’re in Ohio.) I ask because I assumed wild rice was simply an upper midwest thing (and maybe also a New England thing.) Now I’m wondering if there’s something special about MN rice … which I have been unaware of because I’ve grown up in the state.

  5. Oh, and the recipe sounds delicious. I will be trying it out this weekend. 🙂

  6. I had this soup at a restaurant and it was absolutely the best. The addition of the honey maybe the ingredient I missed when trying to recreate it.

  7. […] to do step one of MY recipe (roast a turkey) tonight, however, you may want to join me in trying Minnesota Wild Rice soup this […]

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