I'm originally from Minnesota, where wild rice grows in abundance and is very popular in recipes. This soup has been part of our Christmas Eve menu for years. To save time, I cook the chicken and wild rice and cut up the vegetables the day before. —Virginia Montmarquet, Riverside, California
"Because this warming soup takes advantage of several convenience items, it's very quick to make," assures Gayle Holdman from Highland, Utah. "It's perfect for casual entertaining, because you can keep it warm in the slow cooker. The pot is always scraped clean."
This is a quick way to add a homemade touch to canned soup and to put it in the category of comfort food. It is thick and creamy with added texture from crunchy wild rice and a subtle smoky bacon flavor.