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My father-in-law used to make this casserole in the oven. I switched to the slow cooker so I wouldn't need to keep an eye on it. This side dish compliments many meals. - Mrs. Garnet Pettigrew, Columbia City, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 5 hours
MAKES:10-12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 5 hours
MAKES: 10-12 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 6 celery ribs, diced
  • 2 cans (10-1/2 ounces each) condensed beef broth, undiluted
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup uncooked wild rice
  • 1 can (4 ounces) mushroom stems and pieces, drained
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef and sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain.
  2. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the celery, broth, water, onion, rice, mushrooms and soy sauce. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour. Reduce heat to low; cover and cook for 4 hours or until the rice is tender. Yield: 10-12 servings.
Hearty Wild Rice is filling enough to be served as a main course with fresh whole wheat bread and a salad. Or use it as a side dish for any meaty entree.
Originally published as Hearty Wild Rice in Taste of Home Ground Beef Cookbook 1999, p63

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Reviewed Oct. 24, 2009

"NOT a good recipe. Very little taste. Cooked into mush. Would not recommend."

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