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Wild Rice Chowder

 Wild Rice Chowder
Our Test Kitchen adapted Amy Chop's recipe to use up leftover wild rice. “I found this years ago, and it has become a family favorite,” says the Oak Grove, Louisiana cook. TIP: “Try adding cooked chicken or smoked sausage. There are endless possibilities for new and exciting variations,” Amy says.
6-8 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 25 min.

Ingredients

  • 8 bacon strips, diced
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 1-1/2 cups cooked wild rice
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) cubed process American cheese (Velveeta)
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, cook bacon until crisp. Remove with a slotted
  • spoon to paper towels. Drain, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings.
  • Saute onion in drippings until tender. Stir in flour and salt.
  • Gradually stir in water and broth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir
  • for 2 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  • Stir in the wild rice. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add the milk, cheese, parsley and bacon; cook and stir until heated
  • through and cheese is melted. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1-1/3 cups) equals 329 calories, 23 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 47 mg cholesterol, 894 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 13 g protein.