Minnesota Wild Rice Soup

Barbara Oseland Recipe

By Barbara Oseland BOseland

5 (cut this recipe in half from 10)
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This is THE BEST Wild Rice Soup recipe! I have eaten a many cups, bowls, gallons of this soup from many places in Minnesota and this is by far the best and it took a lot of work to get this.
Story is I worked for a large company that would make this soup maybe once a month, if I was lucky and got to the place before they ran out, I got to enjoy this wonderful cup of soup that left me happy for many days. I asked for the recipe, and was denied. After a while, I asked if it were possible that they start selling it for take home, in a Quart or Gallon, a vat perhaps, so I could take it home. Yippee! A little while later they did offer this as an option. I asked for the recipe but again was denied. I decided to leave this part of the company and transfer to another section that would take me away from this soup. Alas towards my last number of days, I was told that the recipe would finally be available to me in the flyer given to the employees. The soup lives on!


2 c
11/2 c
diced onion
11/2 c
diced carrot (about 3)
1 lb
cooked diced chicken (about 1 3/4 - 2 cups)
4 c
chicken stock (can be made if using a whole chicken, make fresh stock if you wish)
4 c
heavy cream or milk
1/2 lb
uncooked wild rice (1 1/4 cups)
4 c
1 Tbsp
vegetable oil
1/2 c
1/2 c
salt and pepper

Directions Step-By-Step

In a large soup pot, add water and bring to boil. Add rice and cook until tender. Remove rice from the pot, drain and set a side. See basic cooking instructions for Wild Rice below.
In the same pot, on medium high heat, add oil and vegetables and saute for 5 minutes. Add stock and chicken and cook for 20 additional minutes at medium low heat.
Add rice back, heavy cream or milk and heat for 5 minutes.
In a separate pot, melt butter and whisk in flour to make a roux. Add this mix a little at a time to thicken the soup. The roux must cook for at least 20 minutes.
Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
Wild Rice Cooking-- its a 1 cup rice per 3 cups liquid. For THIS recipe it would be 1/2c rice to 1 1/2 c liquid. Follow these instructions on basic cooking method for wild rice.
Wash rice thoroughly by running it under cold water in a strainer. Add rice to boiling liquid in a heavy saucepan or pot. Reduce heat and simmer covered for 35-50 minutes (about 45 minutes or so) or until kernels puff open. Then, uncover, fluff with a fork and simmer 5 more minutes and drain off excess fluid. If you like chewier rice, cook for less time. If you cannot find wild rice where you are, you can go online and purchase it, or check to see if your local grocery store would be able to order it for you. It has a very nutty and earthy taste I am sure you will love. Try it in your holiday dressing, hot dishes and more.

If buying chicken stock rather than using fresh, buy low sodium or no salt so you can control the sodium in the soup. If you do not like thickened soup, you do not need the roux as the rice does thicken up the soup by itself.

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Nancy R Robeyone
Dec 6, 2014
Yep, Byerlys and Lunds. Nice recipe.
Barbara Oseland BOseland
Jan 3, 2012
Oh, Thanks. I was not aware that they were the same. I have it here in front of me and they are somewhat similar, but different. Byerly's has almonds, thyme, sherry, parsley, and half and half from what I see. I have not had the Lunds one before (I don't shop there) so maybe it is similar. Not sure but I am going to be trying that recipe as well, but probably will go back to the one I have and love.
Nancy R Robeyone
Jan 3, 2012
It is from Byerly's and Lunds. I have the same recipe and I can tell you this is to DIE FOR! Thanks for sharing.
Barbara Oseland BOseland
Dec 12, 2011
Thank you so much! Looks exactly like it should thank you for the great picture! When you have a chance to give a rating, would appreciate it. Stay warm!
Christine Weidner ChristineW811
Dec 11, 2011
Made the soup and it was a winner, so good on a cold night! I served it with fresh french bread, great for dipping! I also posted a picture for everyone. Thanks Barbara!!