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Creamy Wild Rice Soup
Creamy Wild Rice Soup is a real family favorite on a cold winter’s evening. Here at Turnips 2 Tangerines, we are extremely fortunate to live in Wisconsin where native wild rice grows. Wild rice is still hand-harvested by native Wisconsin Indian Tribes living in the northern regions of Wisconsin. This means we are fortunate enough to be able to purchase locally hand-harvested native wild rice at extremely great prices.
Known for its luxurious and nutty flavor and chewy texture, wild rice isn’t really rice at all. Instead, it’s a long-grain, marsh grass native to the northern Great Lakes area, where it’s harvested by the local Indians. It’s important to clean wild rice thoroughly before cooking it. The best method is to place the rice in a medium bowl, fill with cold water, stir and set aside for a few minutes. Debris will float to the top and the water can be poured off.
Harvesting Wild Rice in Wisconsin
Each year, more and more people are attracted to the joys of wild rice harvesting. Through the collection of wild rice, harvesters can explore the best of Wisconsin, collect their own food, support the local economy and help to ensure that this important plant remains available for all people and wildlife, who depend upon, enjoy and appreciate its bounty. You must be a legal resident of Wisconsin to harvest wild rice.
*Watch this video for more information on Harvesting Wild Rice.
A delicious, creamy soup made with hand-harvested Wisconsin wild rice.
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 large carrot, peeled and shredded
- 1 green pepper, chopped
- 1 celery rib, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/2 cup flour
- 8 cups chicken broth
- 3 cups cooked wild rice
- 1/2 pound bulk Italian sweet sausage, cooked and drained
- 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper
- 1 to 2 tablespoons hot sauce
- 1 12 oz can evaporated milk
In a large saucepan or dutch oven saute' onion, carrot, green pepper, celery, garlic and chopped mushrooms in butter until tender. Stir in flour until blended. Gradually add broth, whisk together until blended. Stir in rice, sausage, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stir constantly for for 2 minutes. Stir in milk and hot sauce.
Cook 1 hour until heated through.