This Creamy Leftover Turkey Wild Rice Soup recipe is hearty, satisfying and full of carrots and wild rice in a light, creamy broth. It's great for using up leftover turkey from the holidays and an easy, comforting classic, perfect for chilly days!
It's soup season and we couldn't be more excited! This creamy leftover Turkey Wild Rice Soup is a favorite post-holiday meal and always makes it on the menu the day after Thanksgiving.
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- WHAT'S IN THIS SOUP?
- IS MINNESOTA WILD RICE A RICE?
- IS WILD RICE THE HEALTHIEST RICE?
- WHERE TO PURCHASE WILD RICE
- WHAT TO SERVE WITH THIS LEFTOVER TURKEY AND WILD RICE SOUP RECIPE FOR TWO
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WHAT'S IN THIS SOUP
Leftover Turkey! No leftovers? Pick up a chicken breast from the deli or poach a chicken breast in water with onion, carrots, bullion, salt and pepper, simmer for 40 minutes. Use this breast meat in place of the turkey.
- Wild Rice - To speed up the cooking of the rice, add a small amount of baking soda to the soup—this helps break down the tough fibers in the rice and reduces cooking time by about 15 minutes.
- Low-sodium Chicken Broth – I am a big fan of using Better than Bullion Roasted Chicken. If you decide to use this you will need 1 teaspoon of Better than Bullion per 1 cup of water. A purchased chicken stock also works well with this recipe.
- White wine – any white wine you have in your refrigerator will do just fine.
- Carrots - I typically add 1 chopped carrot when making this soup for 2 people (6 cups of soup) but feel free to add more.
- Flour and Cream we use to thicken the broth.
- Chopped, cooked turkey - a great way to make use of leftover Thanksgiving turkey.
- Salt and Pepper – Seasoning the soup is REALLY important. Taste the soup to see if you’ve added enough salt and add more as needed.
IS MINNESOTA WILD RICE A RICE?
Living in Minnesota since the age of 18, many of my recipes include the Minnesota State grain…wait for it, yep it’s Wild Rice.
Wild rice (Zizania aquatica or Zizania palustris), called manoomin in the Ojibwe language, has been a staple food for Minnesota’s Indians for centuries. Wild rice is not a true rice but a species of grass.
IS WILD RICE THE HEALTHIEST RICE?
Wild Rice is rich in antioxidants and is considered a healthy option, especially when compared to white rice. Cooked wild rice has about 30 per cent fewer calories than brown rice as well as 40 per cent more protein
The low calorie and high nutrient contents make wild rice a nutrient-dense food.
It's a very impressive source of minerals and a great plant-based protein source.
This is a great article that helps decode the world of purchasing and cooking wild rice by the Forager Chef.
WHERE TO PURCHASE WILD RICE
If you are not from Minnesota or Wisconsin it may be a bit more difficult to find wild rice at your local grocery store. Here is one I recommend, and you can get it on Amazon!
WHAT TO SERVE WITH THIS LEFTOVER TURKEY AND WILD RICE SOUP RECIPE FOR TWO
I really like to make a nice salad. Try the Blueberry Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette. Consider switching out the blueberries for diced apples and dried cranberries.
We really love cornbread, and this gives a fantastic reason to make Sweet Buttermilk Cornbread with Maple Syrup Butter. Yum.
Enjoy this family favorite now perfectly portioned for two!
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- ½ cup wild rice Trouble finding wild rice? Try ordering from amazon KC's Best Minnesota Wild Rice
- 1 carrot peeled and chopped
- ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth, or use Better Than Bullion 3 teaspoons Better Than Bullion mixed into 3 cups of water
- 3 cups white wine
- 2 Tablespoons flour
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 1 ½ cups chopped cooked turkey
- salt and pepper
For the soup:
- Toast rice in a Dutch oven over medium heat until rice begins to pop, 5 to 7 minutes.
- Stir in broth, wine, carrots, thyme, and baking soda and bring to boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, until rice is tender, about 1 hour.
- Whisk flour and cream in bowl until smooth. Slowly whisk flour mixture into soup. Add turkey and simmer until soup is slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Serve.
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