I know that creamy-something-and-other-wild-rice-soup is popular, and you’ve probably got a kazillion recipes for it. But Cheesy Bacon Wild Rice Soup? This, my friends, is the one you need to make. Right. Now.
I am not taking responsibility for the calorie content in this soup. In fact, I don’t even know what it is. I don’t want to know what it is. And neither will you because Cheesy Bacon Wild Rice Soup is so good you won’t. even. care.
Ingredients for Cheesy Bacon Wild Rice Soup
1 pound bacon, cut into bite sized pieces
1 onion, diced
1/2 pound wild rice or wild rice blend (stock up with this!)
3 (10.5 oz) cans Cream of Potato Soup
3 cans (fill the soup cans from above) of milk
1 quart Half and Half
1 pound Velveeta cheese, cubed into small chunks
How to make Cheesy Bacon Wild Rice Soup
First, you need to prepare the wild rice according to the directions on the package. (And if you’re wondering how to get wild rice to end up flat, not curled—the secret is to boil it slowly and softly. If you boil it too hard, it curls.) Drain the rice. Set aside.
Second, you need to fry up your bacon and onion. Not to crispy crumbly, but “done”. Drain off the fat. Set aside.
Now, it’s time to put the soup together. To a large pot, add the cooked wild rice, fried bacon and onions, the cans of potato soup…
…and those same soup cans each filled once with milk.
Now, add that whole quart of half and half to the soup. Yes, the whole darn quart.
Stir to combine. Continue stirring occasionally as you heat this soup slowly. You do not want this to boil. Slow and thorough. Good things take time, you know? Yes.
Looking for a nice side to serve with this soup? You may also enjoy…Homemade Breadsticks
Now, keep it nice and warm. About a half hour before you intend to devour this soup, add the cubed Velveeta cheese.
Continue heating slowly, stirring occasionally to get the cheese melted through.
Now, friends, serve it up in your best china!
Notes: Cheesy Bacon Wild Rice Soup works well as leftovers, but be aware that this soup does not freeze well because of the high dairy content. You can also substitute chicken, turkey, pheasant, or a combination of those meats in this soup.