I'm always craving a bowl of chicken and wild rice soup. After Thanksgiving, it's usually turkey and wild rice. It's a delicious bowl of comfort food you can make in the crock pot or slow cooker or on the stovetop.
The ingredients are straight-forward. I use basic carrot, onion, parsnips and celery here, with leftover turkey, mushrooms and wild rice, but you can improvise and add other seasonal vegetables to give it some extra fall flavors.
Two things I might add are kale, especially lacinato or dinosaur kale. Some people also add sweet potatoes, but they will break down in liquid. If you want to add those, use Japanese sweet potatoes, which are white, and firm.
Cozy Autumn Wild Rice Soup with Turkey and Mushrooms
- 1 3 quart soup pot
- 14 grams dried mushrooms a generous half cup or more
- 2 ribs 4 oz celery, ½ inch dice
- 3 cups 12 oz mixed parsnips, celery root and carrots, ½ inch dice
- 1 small yellow onion peeled and diced ½ inch
- Scant ¾ cup parched wild rice
- 8 cups turkey stock from a turkey carcass or vegetable stock or chicken stock
- 2 cups cooked turkey meat from the carcass roughly chopped
- ¼ cup dry sherry optional
- 4 strips (~4 oz) bacon sliced thin
- 8 tablespoons butter unsalted
- ½ cup all purpose flour or equivalent or use gluten free flour
- ½-1 cup heavy cream To your taste. Don't be afraid of full-fat dairy!
- Kosher salt to taste
- 1 dried bay leaf
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme optional
- Bring the wild rice to a simmer with 1.5 cups water, then turn the heat to low and cook until tender and the liquid is absorbed, about 20 minutes. Cover the rice and set aside.
- Soak the dried black trumpets in 3 cups of stock for 15 minutes, then agitate well to remove grit, remove the trumpets, strain the liquid and reserve.
- Very roughly chop the black trumpets—you still want to be able to chew them. In a gallon sized soup pot, render the bacon crisp until it’s given up it’s fat, then add the butter, onion and leek and cook on low heat 10 minutes.
- Add the remaining vegetables and cook a few minutes more. Add the sherry and cook off for a minute. Add the flour and stir to coat, carefully stirring to saturate the flour, then add the stock, mushrooms, thyme and bay leaves, bring the mixture to a simmer, and cook on the lowest heat possible for 20 minutes.
- Add the cooked wild rice, turkey and cream, cook for a minute or two more just to heat through, then double check the seasoning, adjust as needed, and serve. The soup is better the second day.