soup’s on…

soup’s on…

At least here in Portland…it is still quite chilly and damp…so bring on the soup I say!

I made this soup last week…in fact, I made it once before although my family didn’t recall…and they raved about this soup…doesn’t that always make your heart soar.

It is very simple and yummy…I made a slight ingredient adjustment to make it a bit lower in fat content.

Dinner’s On Me…is a great site for dinner and recipe ideas.

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
serves 6-8

1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup diced onion
1/2 cup diced celery
1/2 cup diced carrots
4 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts – cooked & shredded
1 (4.3 oz) box Rice-a-Roni Long Grain & Wild Rice (original flavor)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup butter
1 1/4 cups heavy cream
3/4 cup milk

In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onions, celery and carrots and saute for 7-8 minutes. Add chicken broth, water and shredded chicken. Bring to a boil and add rice (save seasoning packet!). Cover pot and remove from heat.

In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add the seasoning packet and stir to combine. Slowly add the flour (in 1/4 cup increments) to form a roux and continue to stir. Add salt and pepper. Whisk in heavy cream and milk, a little at a time, until fully incorporated. Cook and continue to stir until thickened – about 5 minutes.

Return broth/rice mixture to the heat and add cream mixture. Cook over medium heat until rice is softened and soup is thickened and heated through, about 10-15 minutes.

***I substituted the heavy cream and the milk for the same amount of  fat-free half and half and it didn’t sacrifice any of the creamy texture.  I still used the same amount of butter but I thought with 8 servings…it’s not horrible.

Short on time…buy a couple of oven roasted chicken breast from the hot case at your favorite grocery store.!

Happy cooking,



One thought on “soup’s on…

  1. Yum! I just made soup this morning with leftover ham/and ham bone. Enjoying the smell and enjoying the warmth … inside! Gosh will be happy to see the sun more regularly. See you tomorrow! xoxoxo

    Sounds wonderful Chris…I have a ham bone in the freezer for the future…I just wish the majority of my family liked split pea or lentil soup…looking forward to tomorrow…I feel like it has been ages…ready for a word…that’s for sure!


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