A florist loves soup weather

It’s SOUP weather!
One of my clients fed me this soup when I was installing their Christmas last year, and I asked her for the recipe. Thankfully, she was glad to share. Thanks, Nina!
With the unseasonably cool temps, (an average of 8 degrees less that usual for the past month!)  it’s time to whip out those soup recipes.
I love making soup!  Its easy, it reheats well, its quick, I can drink it in the car from a travel mug, and makes great leftovers.
When I make soup, it gets me out of cooking for a few days! (insert maniacal laughter here)
Here is the recipe for Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup. A few of my tweaks are after the recipe.
Happy Fall, Y’all!

Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup
8 C. chicken broth
4 C. water
1 or 2 carrots, chopped 
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 roasted chicken, boned (I use Kroger herb roasted from the deli)
2 pkgs quick cooking long grain & wild rice mix with seasoning packs
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
¾ C. flour
1 C. butter
4 C. heavy cream
Large pot, medium heat: combine broth, water, boned chicken, carrots & celery.
Bring to a boil, stir in rice. Reserve the seasoning packs.  Cover and remove from heat.
Small bowl:  combine flour, salt & pepper.
Large saucepan, medium heat:  melt butter. Stir in contents of seasoning packets until the mixture is bubbly. Reduce heat to low, then stir in flour mixture by tablespoons, to form a roux.  Wisk in cream, a little at a time, till fully incorporated and smooth.  Cook till thickened, 5 minutes.
Stir cream mixture into broth and rice mixture. Cook over medium heat until heated through, 10-15 minutes.  Stir often, as rice and chicken tend to sink to bottom of the pot and can stick if the heat is too high.   Serves many!! 
Jodi’s note: I add more milk, and less cream. I also use ½ the butter.  Sometimes I add more wild rice from the co-op, and then just increase the liquid with more bullion or water.  The soup tends to swell up and lose liquid, so I always add more, esp. to the leftover soup.
Also, Kroger marks their cooked chickens down in the late evening-great time to snatch some up and freeze it for later use! 

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