Tuesday, November 11, 2014

North Woods Wild Rice & Chicken Soup

As I have mentioned before, I am a preschool director.  I am so blessed to work with 17 wonderful teachers and another great group of children's staff.  The teachers know I am a foodie so we are always talking food and recipes.  One of my newer teachers, Molly, shared this family favorite soup. Her family loves it and I knew mine would too.  Molly doubles it and usually adds a little extra cream cheese.  There are only three of us with the older two at college so I didn't double it.  We loved it!  It is a very hearty soup - kind of chowder like.  Mine did get a little thick so I added another cup of chicken broth.  Serve with crusty French bread and a salad!!

North Woods Chicken & Wild Rice Soup

1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1/2 cup celery, chopped
1/2 cup carrots, chopped
1/4 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 cups chicken broth (or more if gets too thick)
1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
1 cup Uncle Ben's Original Wild Rice, cooked
1 cup chicken, cooked and chopped
4 oz cream cheese

In a 4 qt Dutch oven, melt butter.  Add onion, celery and carrots, stirring over medium heat until carrots and celery are tender.  Stir in flour, salt and pepper.  Add broth all at once.  Cook and stir until bubbly.  Stir in evaporated milk, wild rice, cooked chicken and cream cheese.  Cook over medium heat until cream cheese is melted.  *Recipe can easily be doubled

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