Lunch / Dinner
Chicken & Wild Rice Soup
There may not be a more welcoming and warming soup than one starring chicken, bacon, wild rice, and almonds. Bold, woodsy flavors make it ideal for wintery nights.
This soup is amazing right after preparing, but its even better when served the next day
Simmer rice in water in a saucepan, covered, over medium heat until grains are tender and start to split open, about 45 minutes. Remove rice from heat and drain any excess liquid.
Cook bacon in a large pot over medium heat until crisp; reserve drippings. Drain bacon on a paper-towel-lined plate.
Add mushrooms to drippings; sauté over medium-high heat until soft, 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low and add onion, carrot, and celery. Cover pot and sweat vegetables until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Remove lid and increase heat to medium.
Stir in flour and cook 1 minute. Deglaze pot with sherry, scraping up any browned bits. Stir in broth, wild rice, chicken, and thyme. Bring soup to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 10 minutes.
Add milk, cream, sour cream, and bacon; season with salt and pepper. Gently simmer soup, without allowing it to boil, until heated through, 1 minute.
Garnish each serving with scallions and toasted almonds.
Wild rice may take a while to cook, but the result is a nutty flavor and chewy texture that's wonderfully highlighted in this soup.
Use a slotted spoon to transfer the bacon to a plate, leaving the drippings in the pan for added flavor.
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 24%
Sodium 166mg 6%
Carbs 18g 6%
Fiber 2g 8%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.