Creamy Wild Rice Soup

Soup Season is my favorite season, and THIS one tops them all. Creamy Wild Rice Soup has all the good stuff - wild rice, plenty of veggies, and a creamy roux to bring it all together.

Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword creamy soup, wild rice soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 417 kcal
Author Sue Ringsdorf


  • 10 oz. Wild Rice
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 large onion - chopped
  • 4 large carrots - chopped
  • 3 large celery stalks - chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic - diced
  • 16 oz. sliced mushrooms - either regular white or Baby Bella
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper - to taste
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 8-9 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • extra broth for leftovers (if needed)


  1. In a medium stock pot, bring 2 1/4 cups chicken broth to a boil. Add wild rice, and reduce heat to a fast simmer (medium low heat). Place lid on tightly and cook until rice is el dente, or approximately 45-50 minutes (or possibly a few extra minutes). Fluff with a fork.

  2. In a large stock pot, heat olive oil and butter over medium heat. Add onion, carrots, celery, mushrooms, and spices (onion powder, rosemary, thyme, kosher salt and pepper). Sauté for 5-6 minutes or until the veggies begin to soften. Add garlic during the last 30 seconds.

  3. Then add flour and stir for 3 minutes, to fully incorporate the flour. Add chicken broth and bring to a  boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir until thickened, approximately 15-20 minutes.

  4. Add cooked wild rice to the soup, along with the milk and the half and half, and let simmer for another 10-15 minutes.

  5. Serve hot.

Recipe Notes

  1. In the roux, you could change up the ratio of milk to half and half, depending on how rich you like your soup.
  2. Keep some extra broth handy, because the rice expands, and your leftovers may need some liquid.
  3. Leftovers are great for up to four days!
Nutrition Facts
Creamy Wild Rice Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 417 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 23mg8%
Sodium 578mg25%
Potassium 941mg27%
Carbohydrates 53g18%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 6458IU129%
Vitamin C 15mg18%
Calcium 129mg13%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.