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Minnesota Wild Rice Soup

Minnesota Wild Rice Soup

  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4 main dish servings 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Soup


This Minnesota Wild Rice Soup is creamy and delicious with a rich broth and hearty wild rice. Perfect for a chilly winter evening!



  • 1 cup wild rice
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 stalks of celery, diced (about ⅓ cup)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced (about ½ cup)
  • 2 large carrots, diced (about ⅓ cup)
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 small bundle of thyme (optional)
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)


Stovetop Method

  1. Cook the rice according to the package directions.
  2. In a large pot, heat the butter over medium heat for 30 seconds or until melted.
  3. Add the celery, onion, and carrots and cook for 5 minutes over medium heat, stirring frequently.
  4. Add the broth and thyme and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for 15 minutes.
  6. Remove the thyme stems from the pot.
  7. Add the cooked wild rice, evaporated milk and salt. (Note: if your rice isn’t ready yet, simply turn off the heat of your soup pot and then resume cooking once the rice is ready to be added.)
  8. Cook over low-medium heat until heated through. If you let this sit before serving, the rice will continue to absorb the broth. Simply add ½ cup of water and stir until you reach the desired consistency.
  9. Add additional salt to taste, if needed.

Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker Method
Note: You need to add an additional 2 cups of water, as noted below.

  1. Add the butter, wild rice, celery, onion, carrots, broth, plus 2 cups of water to the pressure cooker.
  2. Cook on manual for 45 minutes, then release the pressure and remove the lid as soon as it is fully depressurized.
  3. Stir in the evaporated milk, thyme, and salt. Let cool for 5-10 minutes. Remove the thyme before serving.


Note: If cooking in a pressure cooker, be sure to depressurize after 45 minutes and stop the cooking process. Some models will continue to keep the soup warm until manually turned off. This will cause the wild rice to become soggy.

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