Cheesy Ham 'n' Rice Soup Recipe
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Cheesy Ham 'n' Rice Soup Recipe

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Here's a real gem! After tasting a similar soup at a popular restaurant in the Twin Cities, I came up with my own version. Everyone who tastes it says it's wonderful. Adding the almonds at the end gives the soup a fun crunch. -Nicole Weir, Hager City, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 4 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 4 medium carrots, shredded
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups half-and-half cream
  • 8 ounces process cheese (Velveeta), cubed
  • 4 cups cooked wild rice
  • 3 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 2-2/3 cups cooked brown rice
  • 3 tablespoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 8 cups water
  • Slivered almonds, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 341 calories, 16g fat (9g saturated fat), 61mg cholesterol, 1580mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 16g protein


  1. In a large saucepan, saute celery and onion in butter until tender. Add carrots; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes. In a large kettle or Dutch oven, combine the flour, salt and pepper. Gradually stir in cream. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  2. Remove from the heat; stir in cheese until melted. Stir in the wild rice, ham, brown rice, bouillon, celery mixture and water. Return to a boil. Sprinkle with almonds if desired. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Cheesy Ham 'n' Rice Soup in Taste of Home February/March 2003, p41

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Reviewed Nov. 29, 2013

"Our family favorite :) Love love love"

Reviewed Sep. 29, 2013

"This is my favorite soup to make. It makes a large batch of super savory soup. When I take leftovers to work, co-workers are jealous."

Reviewed Mar. 3, 2013

"I added 8 oz. sliced mushrooms, just because they needed to be used. A great addition, but would be good just the way the recipe is written. This was an awesome recipe! It is flagged as a new favorite."

Reviewed Oct. 11, 2012

"I don't put the ham in it because I'm vegetarian, and I don't use the veleeta. I substitute with a different cheese."

Reviewed Jan. 8, 2012


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