Zesty & Creamy Italian Wild Rice Soup

Anne Lauer, Hugo, MN
2022 wild rice recipe contest finalist

    ½ lb ground pork Italian sausage
    ½ medium onion, sliced
    1 celery rib, thinly sliced
    1 tsp canola oil
    1 clove garlic, minced
    1 cup water
    ½ cup chopped cauliflower
    1 medium tomato, peeled, seeded, and diced
    1 medium carrot, sliced
    1 tsp kosher salt
    ½ tsp each: dried basil and dried thyme
    ¼ tsp each: dried oregano and ground black pepper
    1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
    1 bay leaf
    1 cup cooked wild rice
    2½ cups whole milk, divided
    1 tbsp flour

In medium saucepan, stir-fry sausage, onion, and celery in oil. Add garlic; cook 1 minute. Add water, cauliflower, tomato, carrot, and seasonings; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover; simmer 15 minutes. Stir in wild rice and 2 cups milk. In small bowl, whisk flour into ½ cup milk; whisk into soup, stirring constantly. Bring to boil; cook until thickened, stirring constantly. Remove bay leaf.

4 servings

Recipe compliments of the Minnesota Cultivated Wild Rice Council

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