I don't know about where you are, but here it is so cold! We are in the middle of some kind of arctic blast and the temps have been staying below zero during the day even with the sun shining. The dogs do this crazy dance thing when they go out to do their business because they don't want their feet touching the ground. While it's funny, I know it's because that ground is ridiculously cold. The plus side is they are done very, very quickly.
When the temps drop this low the only thing that seems to warm me up is a big bowl of soup. I do like the occasional bowl of brothy soup, but me heart will always be with thick, creamy bowls of almost stew-like soup. This is far and away my favorite.
Chicken Bacon Wild Rice Soup
8 slices bacon, chopped
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
1 box (4.2 oz.) Long Grain & Wild Rice box mix (like Rice-a-roni)
1/2 cup finely chopped green onions
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 cups milk
1½ cup cubed or shredded cooked chicken or turkey
1 tbls. chopped pimiento
In a large saucepan, cook bacon until browned. Add green onions add cook for 1 min. Add chicken broth, water and rice mix (including seasoning packet). Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 25-30 minutes (or until rice is tender). DO NOT DRAIN! You will have extra liquid. This is part of the soup.
In a medium saucepan, melt butter, stir in flour, salt, seasoning, and pepper. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly, until smooth and bubbly.
Gradually stir in milk with the butter/flour mixture and cook until slightly thickened, stirring constantly.
Add this creamy mixture back into the saucepan with the rice/broth. Add chicken and pimientos. Heat on low, stirring every once in a while, for an additional 15-20 minutes. Do not boil.
Serve with extra green onions if desired.
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