Turkey, Mushroom and Wild Rice Creamy Soup

3 Dec
Turkey Mushroom and Wild Rice Creamy Soup

Turkey, Mushroom and Wild Rice Creamy Soup

My life is a bit topsy-turvy these days, as I’ve taken on a seasonal job with the U.S. Postal Service as a Santa’s Elf to tide us over while my food cart is closed for the season. The problem is, these elves have to work the night shift in order to get Santa’s packages out and delivered during the day. So now I’m making dinner at 10 am or so in the morning, and doing odd things like decorating the Christmas tree at 3 in the morning on my nights off. (OK I’m kidding about the Santa’s Elf thing, but it sounds much more glamorous than Holiday Clerk Assistant, which is really no more than a mail sorter and package thrower…)

Most days my husband and I are like two ships passing in the night, but on one of our rare encounters recently we had a short discussion about fennel. He couldn’t find any when he needed some for a lasagna he made me for my birthday recently. Long story short, he bought some dried fennel, which made me think of a fresh fennel bulb, which I haven’t cooked with in ages. AND SO, I bought a fresh fennel bulb and decided to make this soup with some of our leftover Thanksgiving turkey. And my husband just LOVED this soup! (He had to reheat it since I made it so early in the day.) It has a very guest-worthy flavor with the addition of the fennel and sherry. I hope you enjoy it too!

Vegetable Soup Base

Vegetable Soup Base

Turkey, Mushroom and Wild Rice Creamy Soup
Adapted from SarasotaCook at Food.com

1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon oil
2 cups sliced and rough-chopped mushrooms (about 8 ounces)
3/4 cup diced onion
3/4 cup thin-sliced baby carrots
3/4 cup thin-sliced rough-chopped fennel bulb
3/4 cup think sliced celery
2 cloves minced garlic
A few sprigs fresh thyme
1/4 teaspoon dried chopped rosemary
1 bay leaf
5 cups turkey or chicken stock, homemade or good-quality
1 cup chopped turkey (can use more if you want)
3/4 cup wild rice mix, uncooked
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup dry sherry
1/2 cup heavy cream or half and half
Salt and pepper, to taste

In a Dutch oven or soup pot, melt the butter and oil over medium and add the mushrooms, onion, carrots, fennel, and celery. Cook until the onions and celery are translucent, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic, thyme, rosemary, and bay leaf in the last minute or so.

Stir the rice into the vegetable mixture, then add the broth and Worcestershire. Bring to a low boil, then cover and lower the heat and simmer for about 45 minutes until the rice is somewhat tender. Uncover, then add the turkey, sherry and cream or half and half, bring to a low boil again, reduce heat and simmer for another 15 to 20 minutes until the rice is cooked through. Taste for seasoning, and add salt and pepper to taste. I meant to add some fresh parsley at the end, but totally forgot. Feel free to throw that in if you have it! Remove the thyme sprigs and bay leaf, and serve with hot crusty bread.

Turkey Mushroom and Wild Rice Creamy Soup

Turkey, Mushroom and Wild Rice Creamy Soup

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55 Responses to “Turkey, Mushroom and Wild Rice Creamy Soup”

  1. Mad Dog December 3, 2017 at 5:34 am #

    There’s nothing wrong with being one of Santa’s Elves – there are loads of little children counting on you πŸ˜‰
    Great soup – I’ll have to try that with pheasant.

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  2. Garfield Hug December 3, 2017 at 5:50 am #

    Good to get a seasonal job. Your job is important to those getting the gifts πŸ˜‰ Stay warm.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Bernadette December 3, 2017 at 6:18 am #

    You elevated leftovers to first course or main course status.

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  4. Teagan R. Geneviene December 3, 2017 at 6:34 am #

    Oh! It’s soup weather, and this sounds delicious, Kathryn. With my egg allergy it’s hard to find pasta with a good flavor and texture, so I like chicken (or turkey) and rice better than noodle soups. This really does look wonderful.
    As for the temp job, I’m all for the “elf” title. πŸ˜€ Elf, faery — go on being you!
    By the way, the fabulous faery, Pepper Stargazer flies back to Thistledown soon. Hugs on the wing!

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    • anotherfoodieblogger December 3, 2017 at 6:36 am #

      Thanks Teagan! But you go ahead and enjoy your goulash for today. πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to see Pepper’s reappearance, yay!! XOXO

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  5. apuginthekitchen December 3, 2017 at 6:51 am #

    Wow, this soup sounds wonderful! I have some turkey stock I could use and happen to have some wild rice!! Can’t wait to make it. My Dad used to take a seasonal job with the post office when I was young. I remember he would work all night. Bet you can’t wait to get that food cart out again. Happy holidays!!

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    • anotherfoodieblogger December 3, 2017 at 7:16 am #

      Thanks Suzanne, I hope you get a chance to make it! USPS pays pretty darn good for the job, which is nice. Happy Holidays to you too!


  6. Jodi December 3, 2017 at 6:58 am #

    What a great idea for soup and kinda fun being an elf! πŸ‘πŸ˜‰β€οΈ

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  7. A_Boleyn December 3, 2017 at 9:55 am #

    Delicious looking soup. Enjoy your job in the post office. Hopefully that means there are a LOT of seasonal packages of gifts going out all over the world.

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  8. Tasty Eats Ronit Penso December 3, 2017 at 9:56 am #

    For a second I believed the Elf story… πŸ™‚
    LOVE fennel in any form, so this is definitely up my alley. Looks so hearty and good. πŸ™‚

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  9. D. Wallace Peach December 3, 2017 at 10:53 am #

    I’m about turkey-souped out, Kathryn, but this sounds so good. Fennel? I would never have thought to add that. I’ll have to give it a try with the New Year’s goose. πŸ™‚ And “elf” sounds much more fun than “clerk.” Keep up with your sleep and enjoy the season!

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    • anotherfoodieblogger December 3, 2017 at 11:20 am #

      Yes, both the fennel and sherry give it a really nice refined taste. Goose would be lovely with it too! XO

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      • D. Wallace Peach December 3, 2017 at 12:01 pm #

        I thought so. Can’t wait to try it! Fennel is on the shopping list. πŸ™‚

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  10. Colleen December 3, 2017 at 11:23 am #

    One of my favorite soups. I can almost taste it just looking at your pictures! Looks delicious.

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  11. Michelle Williams December 3, 2017 at 2:04 pm #

    Perfect for leftovers. Looks delicious!

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  12. PantryPortfolio December 3, 2017 at 2:50 pm #

    Yum! Sounds delicious. Love the idea of adding rice. Enjoy the winter season!

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  13. fromthefamilytable December 3, 2017 at 2:52 pm #

    Oh that looks so good for a chilly December evening.

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  14. cookingwithauntjuju.com December 4, 2017 at 4:27 am #

    I will never tire of soups even if it is turkey! Great recipe with lots of flavor, veggies and those wonderful herbs. You even have wild rice. Perfect for a winter meal “Santa’s Elf” πŸ™‚

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  15. Josette@thebrookcook December 4, 2017 at 8:06 pm #

    Sounds like a delicious way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers. πŸ™‚ Good luck to you with your night shift- I’d fall asleep on the job! πŸ˜‰

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    • anotherfoodieblogger December 4, 2017 at 11:38 pm #

      Ha ha, thanks so much Josette! I get plenty of sleep before my shift. Thank goodness it gets dark around 4:30 pm this time of year where I live!

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  16. StefanGourmet December 4, 2017 at 11:45 pm #

    I’d say stick with Santa’s Elf, it is an accurate description of what you’re doing (distributing presents) and a great story to tell your grand kids πŸ™‚
    What do you mean with dried fennel? Ground fennel seed?
    Nice soup! Think I’d add the turkey meat later – unless it was already dry anyway.

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  17. chefkreso December 5, 2017 at 11:44 am #

    This soup might be one of the best of this Christmas season!

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  18. Fourth Generation Farmgirl December 6, 2017 at 4:26 pm #

    This sounds so good, Kathryn! πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

  19. Lynz Real Cooking December 7, 2017 at 6:28 am #

    Exciting and important job KR! Tell santa hi please

    Liked by 1 person

  20. Debbie Spivey December 7, 2017 at 7:11 am #

    Looks and sounds amazing!

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  21. Cathleen @ A Taste of Madness December 7, 2017 at 1:37 pm #

    Yikes. I hear you. Me and my fiance rarely see each other because of our busy schedules. But as a teacher, at least I get a lot of vacation time πŸ˜‰
    This soup looks amazing! I am sick right now, and I think this would make me feel so much better!

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    • anotherfoodieblogger December 7, 2017 at 11:34 pm #

      Ohhh, I am sorry you are sick! I wish I could magically transport some soup for you. Get well soon!


  22. FrugalHausfrau December 11, 2017 at 5:39 pm #

    It does look company ready and I wouldn’t have thought of fennel in soup! Genius!! Elf does sound much more fun! But in reality it sounds like hard hard work! It will all be over soon, though..

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    • anotherfoodieblogger December 13, 2017 at 5:27 am #

      Yes, I figured I could handle the hard work for just over a month. So far so good! And thank you! πŸ™‚


      • FrugalHausfrau December 13, 2017 at 1:37 pm #

        I’m a little worried about you! Sorry to “Mom” you (you probably heard it from your OWN Mom, lol!) Lift carefully and watch that hand!! πŸ™‚ And get hubby to give you some backrubs and don’t forget about soaking in Epson salts! We’re not getting any younger,

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      • anotherfoodieblogger December 14, 2017 at 3:21 pm #

        No we aren’t, lol! Thanks dear! xo

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  23. Karina Pinella December 15, 2017 at 11:38 am #

    Anything with mushrooms is delish. This looks like another one of your winning dishes too!

    Liked by 1 person

  24. Kouzounas Kitchen December 15, 2017 at 3:55 pm #

    Heavenly soup! πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

  25. Teti December 18, 2017 at 8:24 am #

    Your recipe looks delicious, looove the mushrooms!Please tell Santa that I am waiting for him! πŸ™‚
    Happy holidays!

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