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Cheesy Ham 'n' Rice Soup Recipe

Cheesy Ham 'n' Rice Soup Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Cheesy Ham 'n' Rice Soup

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pastiepie 46510
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2013

"Our family favorite :) Love love love"

TheFamilyChef 46408
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."

D Kingslow 137976
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."

kayvie 137974
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."

ahmom 87721
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2012


BelindaVandenBroeck 133717
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2011

"Once I made this that was it for me. It is a favorite for anyone that tastes it. Always have excellent reviews. I have made it for family gatherings, office luncheons, and potlucks. I love it and so does anyone who tastes. I sometimes use Lactaid milk for people who might be lactose intolerant and it's delicious either way."

Kamikaze Bunny 54176
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2010

"This is my husband's favorite! He requests it every year for his birthday. I, too, omit the salt. I had been using the low-sodium boullion granules, but tonight my sister suggested I use low-sodium chicken broth in place of some of the water (we used a 48 oz. pkg of broth and 2 cups water). That turned out even better!"

msholets 137973
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2010

"The sodium content of this soup as written is outrageous! I omitted the salt completely and replaced 1 tblsp. of chicken bouillon granules with no sodium granules. It was still plenty salty, I may reduce the regular chicken bouillon more next time. To reduce fat I used fat-free evaporated milk instead of the half and half and 2% milk velveeta instead of regular. My whole family loved it!"

JennySchooley 54453
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2009

"This is such a comforting soup. My family requests it every year when we go skiing and there are rarely leftovers."

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