Chicken and Wild Rice Soup - Progresso Rip-Off

"I have been trying to break DH of his expensive and high-sodium canned soup habit, and I couldn't find a recipe that was close to this one. I just wrote down the ingredients off the label and made it up as I went along. I was concerned that I wouldn't get it right, since I'm a vegetarian and couldn't taste as I went along. In the end, DH said it was better than the stuff in the can. Please note that cooking and prep times are approximate. A note on the chicken: DH cut up one very large, Dolly Parton-sized chicken breast and I weighed it, so that is where the amount comes from. I suppose you could use any part of the chicken, not just the breast meat."
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Ready In:
1hr 15mins




  • In a large soup pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until it is opaque on all sides and beginning to brown.
  • Add the onion, carrots, celery, and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables begin to soften. (Mine gave off a lot of liquid during this step.).
  • Add the tomatoes with juice, stock, water, basil, thyme, parsley, and oregano. Season to taste with black pepper. If your stock is unsalted, you might want to throw in some salt to taste, too. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to medium-low and simmer until the vegetables are softened to your liking. (This took about 45 minutes for me.).
  • When the veggies are soft enough, add both kinds of rice and simmer for about 5 minutes more. Taste, adjust the seasoning, and serve.

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<p>Updated June 2011:</p> <p>I'm 32 and married to the absolute love of my life.&nbsp; We just bought our first real home together and we're settling in, trying to get things just the way we want them.&nbsp; Hopefully before too long we will be starting a family!&nbsp; After DH finishes college, that is...</p> <p>I'm a vegetarian, but DH loves meat, although he likes a lot of vegetarian food, too.&nbsp; I like to find meat recipes that I can modify to be veg so we can cook it together side by side -- in two separate pots.&nbsp; Now that we have a real house, DH is obsessed with grilling everything possible, so I'm expecting that to rub off on me as well.&nbsp; I'm excited about grilling fruit this summer.&nbsp; I also grow my own herbs and will be planting a vegatable garden next summer when we are settled in better.</p> <p>Besides that, I am an artist (but have to have a crappy day job to pay the bills, not even worth mentioning, LOL<img title=Tongue src=/tiny_mce/plugins/emotions/img/smiley-tongue-out.gif border=0 alt=Tongue />)&nbsp; I really hope to have my art represented in galleries within a couple years or so, and maybe make most of my living that way.&nbsp; In the meantime, ya gotta do what ya gotta do!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>A bit on how I rate recipes:</p> <p>5 stars:&nbsp; I made this more or less as written and loved it, will definitely make it again.&nbsp; I may have made some very minor changes like lowering the fat and/or sodium, subbing veg stock for chicken stock to make it vegetarian, increasing the amount of cayenne, etc.&nbsp; but nothing that would change the basic character of the recipe.</p> <p>4 stars:&nbsp; I enjoyed this a lot but had to make some big changes to accomodate our personal tastes.&nbsp; This would include completely changing the cooking method but using the same ingredients (like roasting veggies instead of boiling, etc.) or seriously modifying the amount of something (like if there is way too much or way too little liquid for my tastes, etc.)</p> <p>3 stars:&nbsp; This would be something that just didn't turn out and I don' t think it was my fault -- like if I suspect there is a typo in the ingredients or instructions, and I had to totally improvise in order to save it.</p> <p>I have never yet and will try not to rate anything less than 3 stars -- if I have serious trouble with a recipe, I would leave a comment without stars to explain why I had trouble.&nbsp; I can usually tell whether I will like a recipe before I make it, so I wouldn't want to ruin someone's ratings just because I didn't care for it.</p>
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