Wild Rice Chowder Recipe

Wild Rice Chowder
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Prep: 25 mins
Cook: 55 mins
Total: 80 mins
Servings: 8 to 10 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
425 Calories
17g Fat
49g Carbs
22g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 to 10
Amount per serving
Calories 425
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 21%
Saturated Fat 6g 31%
Cholesterol 59mg 20%
Sodium 666mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Protein 22g
Calcium 147mg 11%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Wild Rice Chowder looks complicated, but once you start cooking it's just a matter of adding ingredients as the soup cooks. Try serving it with Onion Scones fresh out of the oven. Drizzle it with some basil pesto for even more flavor.

This hearty soup can also be made ahead of time. Just make it as the recipe directs, then refrigerate it up to 3 days. To serve, just reheat in a saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently, until the soup simmers. You may need to add some more chicken broth or half and half to get to the desired consistency if you are reheating the chowder.


  • 1 cup wild rice (uncooked, rinsed)
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons butter (or olive oil)
  • 1 cup onions (chopped)
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 3 potatoes (peeled, cubed)
  • 1 (16 ounce) package baby carrots
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 (16 ounce) package frozen corn
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 2 cups ham (cooked and cubed, or cooked chicken, or meatballs)

Steps to Make It

  1. In a heavy saucepan, combine the wild rice and water. Cover and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 30 to 45 minutes, or until the rice is tender. Do not drain. Set the rice aside.

  2. In a large stockpot, melt the butter or heat the olive oil. Add the onions and garlic and saute until tender.

  3. Add the flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 to 2 minutes or until the flour mixture bubbles. Stir in the chicken broth and mix well with a wire whisk until the sauce is blended.

  4. Add the potatoes, carrots, thyme, nutmeg, and pepper. Cover the pot, bring the soup to a boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes or until slightly thickened.

  5. Add the corn, then cover and simmer an additional 20 minutes until the vegetables are tender. Stir in the half and half, ham and the cooked wild rice. Cook until steaming, but do not bring the soup to a boil again.

  6. To make the soup in the crockpot, combine all ingredients except olive oil (which is omitted), flour, half and half and corn in a 4-quart crockpot. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 9 hours.

  7. In a small bowl combine 1 cup half and half and 2 tablespoons cornstarch and mix well. Stir into the crockpot along with remaining half and half and corn.

  8. Cover and cook on high for 30 to 45 minutes or until soup is thickened and ham is hot.