This is such a delicous soup, and another recipe that is so easy to make - This recipe can be made 24 hours ahead and refrigerated. When ready to serve, heat in medum saucepan over medium heat 5 minutes.
Melt butter in medium saucepan over medium high heat. Add onion, celery, and carrot; cook without browning, stirring constantly, 4 minutes or unitl vegetables are tender. Add thyme and rice; cook 1 minute more.
Add broth to saucepan; reduce to medium. Cook 15 minutes or until rice is very tender. Season with salt and pepper.
Purée mixture in blender with cream; serve immediately.
SERVING TIPS: Serve with a garnish of croutons, additional diced celery or a sprinkling of minced herbs. Makes an excellent accompaniment to any entrée featuring chicken breast.