Wild rice soup is an easy recipe to make for dinner.  This hearty comfort food is filled with bacon, mushrooms, and vegetables.  Use a Dutch oven on your stovetop to create the best creamy soup you'll have this fall.

Prep Time: 50 minutes
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Soups & Stews, Vegetarian Main Course

The Best Creamy Wild Rice Soup

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This recipe was originally published on September 7, 2018.

September is here and that means soup season!  I can’t think of a better way to welcome fall then to make a comforting pot of savory wild rice soup.

dipping bread into wild rice soup

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What ingredients are traditionally put in wild rice soup?

  • Mirepoix: onions, carrots, celery
  • Earthy Spices: thyme, sage, or rosemary
  • Butter and Flour: to make a roux
  • Liquids: Chicken broth and water
  • Wild Rice: black rice with no fillers mixed in
  • Mushrooms: to give the soup an earthy, umami flavor profile
  • Dairy: heavy cream, half and half, or milk to give it a creamy taste

bowl of wild rice soup with a spoon

Does wild rice need to be rinsed?

Yes, it’s a good idea to rinse it once under cold running water to get rid of any debris or dust.

How long does it take to cook wild rice?

If you are cooking the wild rice separately, it will take 45 to 60 minutes.  It’s best to cook wild rice with a ratio of 1:3 rice to water and a bit of salt.  Cover then bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook until tender and the kernels crack open to revel the white interior.

What does wild rice taste like?

Wild rice has a chewy texture like brown rice, but unlike brown rice, wild rice has a toasty, nutty, earthy flavor.

holding a bowl of wild rice soup

Do you have to soak wild rice before cooking?

Soaking is optional.  If you choose to, soak the rice for a minimum of 4 hours or overnight.  When you soak wild rice, it reduces the cooking time by half.

What’s the difference between black rice and wild rice?

  • Wild rice: from the grass family.  Grown in North American lakes and river beds.  Chewy texture, nutty, earthy taste.
  • Black rice: from the rice family.  Grown in China.  Slightly sweet with a nutty texture.

person holding a spoonful of wild rice soup

How do you thicken wild rice soup?

  • When the wild rice simmers in soup, it releases a starch which helps thicken it.
  • Butter and flour are stirred together and cooked to make a roux.
  • 1:1 ratio of warm soup broth to arrowroot or cornstarch whisked in separate bowl, then added to the soup.

How many calories are in wild rice soup?

Our recipe has 345 calories for one cup of soup.  It’s also high in vitamin A and has 27.7g of carbs.  For more nutritional information, scroll past the recipe card.

spoonful of wild rice soup

How long does wild rice soup last in the fridge?

After the soup is finished cooking, allow the soup to fully cool before transferring to an airtight container.  Our creamy wild rice soup should last in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Can I freeze creamy wild rice soup?

If you plan on freezing this soup, it’s best to leave out the dairy and add it once you reheat it.  Freeze it in zip-top plastic bags or airtight containers. 

If you freeze it with the dairy, it could separate.  If this happens, whisk it with more fresh cream or a slurry of cornstarch or arrowroot and water.  You could also reheat it over a double boiler in its frozen state, stirring frequently.

ladle full of wild rice soup

What can I serve with wild rice soup?

  • Crusty bread: Try it with our English bloomer bread or rustic cob loaf.
  • A big fresh salad: Try our spinach apple salad or our Brussels sprouts salad.
  • Autumn dessert: Go for a fall dessert, like our soft pumpkin cookies or our apple cranberry crisp.

How do you cook wild rice soup in a crock pot?

  • Dump.  Pour in stock, water, wild rice, mushrooms, onion, carrots, celery, garlic, crumbled bacon, and spices to the crock pot.
  • Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.  Rice should be tender and popped open.
  • Cream sauce.  Melt butter, whisk in flour, cook 2 minutes, whisk in milk.  Cook and whisk until thickened.
  • Finish. During last 10 minutes, add the cream sauce to soup.  Taste and adjust seasonings.  Garnish with fresh thyme.

How do you make wild rice soup?

Gather all the ingredients.  Prep the vegetables, cook the bacon, and remove the leaves from the thyme sprigs.

ingredients for wild rice soup

In a Dutch oven, saute the mirepoix in butter.  Sprinkle in the spices and add the garlic.

cooked mirepoix for wild rice soup

Saute the mushrooms in butter in a medium-sized frying pan.

frying mushrooms for wild rice soup

Sprinkle flour over the mirepoix, and cook, stirring constantly, for 3 minutes.

adding flour to veggies for wild rice soup

Add the wild rice and stir for a minute to toast it.

toasting rice for wild rice soup

Gradually stir in the chicken stock to prevent lumps from forming, then add the water and the bacon.  Cover and bring to boil, then simmer for 45 minutes.

stirring chicken broth and water into wild rice soup

If there is excess fat floating on top of the soup, skim it off if you want.

skimming fat off of wild rice soup

During the last 15 minutes of cooking, taste the soup and add more salt, pepper, or thyme as desired.  Remove the soup from the heat and pour in the cream.  Stir until well mixed.

pouring cream into pot of wild rice soup

Garnish with a sprinkle of fresh thyme leaves and black pepper.  Serve warm with fresh homemade bread like our crusty English bloomer.

person stirring a pot of wild rice soup

Pro Tips for Making Wild Rice Soup

  • Use 100% wild rice (no rice blends of wild and brown rice).
  • Toast the rice for added flavor.
  • Want more veggies?  Try sweet potatoes, butternut squash, or kale.
  • Want meat?  Try 4 cups of chicken or smoked turkey.  Add during last 15 minutes.
  • Want nuts?  Try toasted slivered almonds.
  • Want it dairy free?  Try coconut milk.
  • Want it low fat?  Try evaporated milk.
  • Need this gluten free?  Use a cornstarch or arrowroot slurry mixed with hot soup broth.  Use gluten free chicken broth.
  • Need a garnish?  Try fresh thyme leaves or lemon zest.

This version of wild rice soup is creamy, comforting, and luscious.  Ladle up a hot bowl of this hearty wild rice soup for your friends and family tonight–you won’t be disappointed.

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These other fall soups will warm you up from the inside out.

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The pleasure of a 5-star review for this wild rice soup would be greatly appreciated.

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The Best Creamy Wild Rice Soup

  • Author: Brooke
  • Prep Time: 50 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 10 cups 1x


Wild rice soup is an easy recipe to make for dinner.  This hearty comfort food is filled with bacon, mushrooms, and vegetables.  Use a Dutch oven on your stovetop to create the best creamy soup you’ll have this fall.



  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter (reserve 2 tablespoons for the mushrooms)
  • 1 cup yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 1/4 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 1/4 cup carrot, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced (roughly 3 large cloves)
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, rubbed clean and sliced
  • 7 slices low sodium bacon, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup dry wild rice, rinsed
  • 8 cups low sodium chicken stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, for garnish


  1. Melt the butter over medium-high heat in a Dutch oven.  Add the mirepoix (onion, celery, and carrot) and the spices and stir until well mixed.  Cook for 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, then add the garlic and cook until fragrant, roughly another minute.
  2. While the mirepoix is cooking, melt two tablespoons of butter over medium high heat in a medium-sized frying pan.  Add the mushrooms, stirring well to coat them in butter, and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.  The mushrooms are done when the liquid is evaporated and they start turning brown.
  3. Once the mirepoix is done, reduce the heat to medium and sprinkle the flour on the vegetables.  Use a wooden spoon to mix the flour into the vegetables, then cook the flour for 3 minutes.  This will form the roux to help thicken the soup.
  4. Add the wild rice, and keep stirring for a minute to toast it.
  5. Slowly pour in the chicken stock, stirring constantly to prevent lumps.  Stir in the water, the crumbled bacon, and the mushrooms, then cover and bring to a boil.
  6. Turn the heat down to medium low and simmer for 45 minutes to cook the wild rice and improve the flavor.
  7. During the last 15 minutes of cooking, taste the soup.  If desired, add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt and black pepper and 1 1/2 teaspoons more of fresh thyme leaves.
  8. After the soup is cooked, take it off the heat, if necessary, skim off any fat that rises to the top.  Pour in the heavy cream.  Stir until it is well incorporated.  Tip: if you are planning on freezing some of this soup, only add cream to the soup you’ll be eating before freezing it.
  9. Transfer the soup to individual serving bowls and garnish with a sprinkle of fresh thyme leaves and black pepper.  Serve warm with a thick slice of our crusty English Bloomer.


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  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: mushroom, creamy, bacon

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29 thoughts on “The Best Creamy Wild Rice Soup

  1. I posted this response in error on some poor persons creamy asparagus recipe, so if you ever come across a review that makes no sense it’s mine!

    Rate this 5 star although I reduced the liquid by 2-2.5 cups of stock and water resulting in a much thicker consistency but my gosh the tastes your recipe produces. It was delicious and my husband who prefers casseroles as a rule really really enjoyed the flavours. More tonight then freeze the rest, there are only two of us and this is a lot of soup! Thanks for the recipe.

  2. I added leftover Thanksgiving turkey to this recipe! Great way to use up some extras. I have a family of six and this was enjoyed by all!

  3. Sorry, just wanted to clarify if it’s cooked bacon that is added? I’m not the cook in the family but this sounds delicious and would like to give it a go.

    1. It’s really best to use 100% wild rice for this soup, since most blends contain very little wild rice. If you’re in a pinch, you can try using a blend; just realize that the soup will not taste the same. Let us know how it works out for you, Claudia! Happy cooking. 😊

  4. Thank you for sending me your Savor the Flavour news letter. The Wild rice soup & the Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup sound like soups that will be easy for me the handle & they also sound yummy!!!!!!

  5. I made this today and it was delicious, I only put a a few sprinkles of thyme in, but next time I will eliminate it, I never cared for that spice. I also preferred cream instead of whipping cream. Great for the beginning Fall in Minnesota

  6. This soup is addictive! I did double rice, half the cream and added a yellow zucchini and 2 small potatoes. Did a vegetarian take and did vegetable broth and no bacon or mushrooms. This soup was so good and easy to make.

  7. This soup is definitely chewy from the wild rice, and the flavours mix delightfully! The wild rice is quite unique, and I like its color. The veggies taste very nice with the soft and delicious mushrooms. They add a great umami flavour, along with the thyme.

  8. I made this soup tonight and it was wonderful. The recipe was easy to follow and the soup tasted great. I really enjoyed the rich creamy flavor.

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