Cream of Kabocha and Wild Rice Soup and my 300th Post

Yes, this is my 300th post and Roti n Rice turns 2 on December 31st! How time flies! It is hard to believe that it has been almost 2 years since I published my first post. Many thanks for your continued support and encouragement. I could not have done it without YOU. Your valuable feedback and comments keep me going. THANK YOU!

For today’s post, I have decided to share this Cream of Kabocha and Wild Rice Soup with you. As much as I like roti (bread) and rice, soup makes my heart sing, especially during the cold Minnesotan winters. There is nothing like a nutritious bowl of soup to warm the body and soul. While we drink a lot of clear soups, I like to make a creamy soup every now and then to accompany a “Western” meal. I made this soup as a starter for our Thanksgiving dinner.

A very popular soup here is Minnesota Wild Rice Soup. Wild rice is after all Minnesota’s State Grain. It is actually a grain and not a rice at all. Highly nutritious, it is naturally abundant in the cold rivers and lakes of Minnesota and Canada and is the staple in the diet of the Chippewa and Sioux Indians, native to this region. To read more please click here.

August through September is the usual harvest time for wild rice. I buy a bag or two each year as they are plentiful in the stores. I use it in turkey stuffing, salads, and soups. They also make great basket stuffers in gift baskets. Do check out the other two recipes using wild rice on this blog. Simply click on the picture to get to the recipe.

I hope you enjoy this soup. I used my favorite kabocha squash but you can use pumpkin or butternut squash if you prefer.

Cream of Kabocha and Wild Rice Soup
 
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Serves: 4 to 6 servings
Ingredients
  • ½ cup (85g) wild rice, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 small carrot, diced
  • 1 stick celery, diced
  • 5 (1.2 liters) cups chicken stock
  • 1 kabocha squash, seeded, peel, and cut into cubes
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup (240ml) heavy cream
Instructions
  1. Cook wild rice in 2 cups of water for 45 minutes or until it fluffs up. Drain any remaining liquid left in the pot. Set aside.
  2. In a large pot, melt butter. Add onions, carrot, and celery. Sauté till soften, about 3 minutes. Pour in chicken stock. Bring to a boil. Add kabocha squash. Lower heat and allow soup to simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Turn off heat. Remove pot from stove onto a hot pad. Puree soup with an immersion blender until smooth.
  4. Turn on heat and place pot back onto stove. When it comes back to a boil, add cooked wild rice, salt, and pepper. Allow soup to simmer for 5 minutes on medium low setting.
  5. Stir in cream and allow it heat through but not boil.
  6. Turn off heat and serve warm.

Serve warm with crackers or crusty bread.

I am linking this to Friday Soup Blog Hop hosted by the lovely Katherine Martinelli.

Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! 8-)

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Comments

  1. says

    Wow, 300 posts!!! All amazing. This soup looks SO good. I think I will make this soon. We don’t have kabocha squash here that I’ve seen but I’ll substitute butternut squash or pumpkin as you suggested.

  2. says

    Hey Biren – Congrats on 300!!! Woo hoooo! My goodness, can’t imagine chalking in three hundred posts myself now – so much work! Well done GF.

    Your soup would be so welcome right now – the air is chilly this evening. I will be rushing off after this, for a bbq party and it’s actually drizzling!!! :D

  3. says

    Oh Brien, this looks so good. With colds racing through everyone in the house, a healthy pot of soup sounds perfect. I’m a fan of wild rice in soup because it doesn’t get mushy or look like maggots (I know, gross, but that’s how my mind works), so this would be perfect for me.

    Congratulations both on the 2-year anniversary coming up and on this 300th post! I’m glad I found your blog because I have learned so, so much from you!

  4. says

    What a wonderful recipe to celebrate your 300th post! Congrats on 300. That is quite a feat and amazing. You always share the most fantastic recipes and pictures with us! So glad to have found your site!

    Oh I am having a fabulous little christmas giveaway today so if you get a chance stop by if you can! Xo
    jessica

  5. says

    What a comforting looking soup! I love it that you added some wild rice, reminds me of my favourite barley soup :). Congrats on the 300th post, looking forward to seeing more beautiful posts over here :D)!!

  6. says

    Congratulations on your 300th post!!! This is amazing and your lovely blog is turning 2! What a great month for you Biren! It’s going to be a big celebration month for you!! I love your kabocha soup. Adding wild rice is very interesting. So we can consider that as one meal like porridge… no? Heheh. Have a wonderful weekend Biren!

  7. says

    What a great soup, perfect for the cold weather! I think I never bough wild rice because I am not sure what to do with it, putting it in soups sounds like a great idea!

  8. says

    Congratulations on this milestone! I can’t think of a better recipe to celebrate your 300th post. I could use a bowl of this lovely soup right now, it’s getting pretty darn cold here in Seattle! I look forward to many more wonderful posts from you. :)

  9. says

    Your kabocha squash soup recipe is good on its own, but the addition of the wild rice certainly turns a good thing great! I love wild rice and will be checking out your other recipes. Great post!

  10. says

    Congratulations on 2 years of blogging Biren! The soup is so hearty and comforting! I don’t use wild rice often enough in my cooking – even though I have it in my cupboard. Wishing you another great year of blogging!

  11. says

    I did not know that wild rice is Minnesota ‘s State grain!
    I have said it at FB but it does not matter to say it again – congrats on your 300th and happy blogversary!

  12. says

    Wow, this soup is fantastic! I had Blue Kuri squash, so I used that instead. And I fried up 3 slices of bacon, and then sauteed the veggies in the bacon grease. This soup is a winner! Thanks for posting the wonderful recipe!

  13. DongXing says

    Congratulations on your 300th post and 2nd anniversary of blogging! I enjoy reading all, and trying out quite a fair bit of, your recipes. Keep them coming! This soup looks really good and I will definitely try to make the soup with my last celebration squash which has been sitting on my counter…

  14. Darlene says

    I am hungry right now. I read your recipes and make me excited to cook at when I got home. It finds me more delicious.

  15. Cindi says

    Even if I don’t follow your recipes exactly, they always inspire me to make something delicious. Thank you, Biren. And congratulations on your 300th post. It’s a lot of work, but very much appreciated by all of us.

    • Biren says

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Cindi. I am very happy to hear you are inspired to try my recipes. :)

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