Hearty Wild Rice Soup Recipe
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Hearty Wild Rice Soup Recipe

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When I was a judge at a local fair, this soup recipe received my highest score. Of all the recipes I tasted that day, it was the only one I went home with and has been a winner ever since. —Kathy Herink, Gladbrook, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 4 celery ribs, chopped
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 1 package (6-3/4 ounces) quick-cooking long grain and wild rice mix
  • 5 Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged Bacon strips, cooked and crumbled

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 268 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 43mg cholesterol, 909mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 17g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook beef, celery and onions over medium heat until beef is no longer pink and vegetables are tender, breaking up beef into crumbles; drain.
  2. Stir in water, broth, soup, rice mix and contents of the seasoning packet. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 5 minutes or until heated through. Top servings with bacon. Yield: 8 servings (about 2 quarts).
Originally published as Wild Rice Soup in Quick Cooking September/October 1998, p15

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taragon79 User ID: 235665 202790
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2014

"This IS a good recipe, I had some leftovers and made it into this soup, I added onion soup mix also for flavor, it turned out great! Thank you for this!"

DianeC23 User ID: 141506 29947
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2014

"I didn't have quick-cooking wild rice, so I made the rice ahead of time and separately, and then cut the amount of water to compensate. It was tasty and creamy. We enjoyed it, and I would make it again."

kmarqui User ID: 3651843 30005
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2013

"Great soup. I used a Basmati wild rice packet from Trader Joe's. Next time I will try sausage ot ground turkey/chicken as the protein. We added in some salt and pepper, but just to our liking. This soup didn't last two days in our house. Thanks for sharing this with us."

oeg1kallee User ID: 152044 66801
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2013

"My family really enjoyed the soup! I confess that I used some wild rice pilaf that I had already cooked and in the freezer. I did add some sliced carrot, and a bit of powdered coffee creamer , 2 Tbl cornstarch in 1 /2 cup water to thicken the broth- just because we like a creamy texture-but we loved it."

mrsh318 User ID: 3583996 66598
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2013

"I didn't really like this soup that much. It came out too mushy and took up all the juice and just basically tasted like glorified wild rice. Perhaps it was because I didn't get the quick cooking rice. I had to cook mine 20 min. To get the rice done."

JGa2595176 User ID: 496732 59079
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2013

"I was excited by the ease and heartiness of this recipe, but it fell a little flat. I made excatly to recipe, and it really seemed to need more spice and additional vegetables. My family ate it, but we all agreed I would like not make again."

zmarie User ID: 1401063 50535
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2013

"This soup is fantastic! I like a creamier texture, so I added an extra can of cream of mushroom soup. I would also reduce the amount of water used. I added fresh mushrooms to the vegetables and topped it with mozzarella cheese instead of bacon! We will definitely be keeping this recipe handy for quick, tasty winter meals!"

anitamm User ID: 7158753 83133
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2013

"I made this soup for dinner tonight and everyone liked it, although I had to use 2 packages of rice mix. I will make it again, but next time add chopped carrots and sliced mushrooms and maybe use chicken instead of ground beef."

treasuredogs3 User ID: 4197202 59882
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2013

"I made this soup last night for friends and family. It was a hit. Fall is in the air and it warmed us up nicely. The bacon on top was a nice touch."

summyb User ID: 3917798 48566
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2012

":( I really wanted to like this soup. I even sauteed some fresh mushrooms to add to it. I threw the whole thing away. I felt so bad. I wonder if I could have doctored it up with more spiciness. Sigh... :( So rare when I find a recipe on TOH that fails me."

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