This is the kind of meal that comes together with help from an empty refrigerator. Usually the last two items left are a few carrots and celery. While I typically make stock, I was on a mission to use a small amount of wild rice that I found pushed to the back of my pantry.
It takes certain recipes for me to enjoy wild rice. I’ve had numerous wild rice dishes where the flavor was off. For this wild rice soup, the balance of sweet from the carrots and body from the wild rice makes for one delicious soup.
Carrot Wild Rice Soup
1 pound carrots
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large shallot, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
¼ cup dry white wine
½ cup uncooked wild rice
3 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
1 to 2 cups water
⅓ cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
Zest and juice from one lemon
- Scrub the carrots, trim the ends, and cut into ½” thick half circles; set aside. Heat a large pot over medium heat and add the olive oil followed by the minced shallots. Cook until the shallots are fragrant and soft; 5 to 6 minutes. Add in the garlic and the cut carrots, cook for 1 to 2 minutes more.
- Measure in the white wine and cook until mostly evaporated. Next, add in the wild rice, broth, and 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook until the rice is tender; 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the parsley, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Taste and add more salt as desired (this will greatly depend on the broth you use).
Tips & Tricks: I like to start with just the 3 cups of broth and add water as needed to thin out the soup. This ensures you won’t end up with an overly broth-heavy soup.
Also, if you don’t have wine open already, just skip.
Stock up: get the pantry ingredients you will need: carrots, broth
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Wild Rice Soup
The carrot and wild rice combination is good. I’m not big on the flavor of wild rice, but the sweetness from the carrots help balance the earthiness of the rice. However, there are a few swaps you can make. I recommend striving to keep the balance of the sweetness and earthiness- it really rounds out the soup.
Vegetables: In addition to or as a substitute for the carrots, use sweet potatoes, potatoes, or root vegetables. Parsnips and rutabagas are quite lovely with the wild rice as well.
Greens: Once the soup is mostly done, stir in kale, chard, or spinach and let wilt. Adds a nice pop of color!
Rice: Not a fan of wild rice? Long grain brown rice will work in this soup, just plan to add a few extra splashes of broth as needed.