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Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup

Yield Makes 7 cups; 4 or 5 main-dish servings
This simple, easy-to-prepare soup uses quick-cooking rice, canned chicken broth, and matchstick-cut carrots to speed preparation.

Notes: Garnish soup with parsley.


  • 3 1/4 cups fat-skimmed chicken or beef broth
  • 1/4 cup wild rice
  • 1 cup dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 onion (1/2 lb.), peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 pound sliced common mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 russet potato (1/2 lb.), peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup dry sherry
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half (light cream) or whipping cream
  • Salt and pepper

Nutrition Information

  • calories 238
  • caloriesfromfat 30 %
  • protein 10 g
  • fat 7.9 g
  • satfat 4.6 g
  • carbohydrate 27 g
  • fiber 3.5 g
  • sodium 116 mg
  • cholesterol 21 mg

How to Make It

  1. In a 1- to 2-quart pan, bring 1 1/4 cups broth and rice to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until rice is just tender to bite, 45 to 50 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, in a bowl, soak shiitake mushrooms in 1 1/2 cups hot water until pliable, about 20 minutes. Squeeze mushrooms in water to loosen grit. Lift out mushrooms, reserving liquid. Cut off and discard stems, then thinly slice caps.

  3. In a 5- to 6-quart pan over medium-high heat, stir shiitakes in 1 tablespoon butter until golden brown, about 5 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer shiitakes to a small bowl.

  4. To large pan, add remaining 1 tablespoon butter, onion, common mushrooms, garlic, rosemary, and thyme; stir often until vegetables are golden, about 10 minutes.

  5. Carefully pour shiitake soaking liquid into pan, discarding grit in bottom of bowl. To pan, add potato and remaining 2 cups broth. Cover, bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat and simmer until potato mashes easily when pressed, about 20 minutes.

  6. In a blender, whirl soup, a portion at a time, until very smooth. Return to pan. Add shiitakes, wild rice with liquid, sherry, and half-and-half. Stir often over high heat until hot, about 2 minutes.

  7. Ladle into bowls and season to taste with salt and pepper.