Wild Rice Soup with Maple Syrup

In this recipe for Soupe aux Champignons et Riz Sauvage a l’Érable, rich, creamy soup is balanced by the addition of hearty grains and sweet maple syrup. This recipe first appeared in The Sweet Life, a story about Quebec’s second-largest maple syrup-producing region, Bas-St-Laurent.

Wild Rice Soup with Maple Syrup Wild Rice Soup with Maple Syrup
In this recipe for Soupe aux Champignons et Riz Sauvage a l'Érable, rich, creamy soup is balanced by the addition of hearty grains and sweet maple syrup.

Ingredients

  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 23 cup wild rice
  • 1 cup finely chopped shallots
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 14 cup flour
  • 2 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
  • 12 tsp. freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 1 cup thinly sliced button mushrooms
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Thinly sliced chives, for serving

Instructions

  1. In a 4-qt. saucepan, bring stock and rice to a boil over medium-high heat. Cover and cook, stirring, for 40 minutes. Add shallots and continue cooking until rice is tender, 5–10 minutes. In a small bowl, whisk half-and-half, flour, thyme, and pepper; whisk into soup. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring, until soup thickens, about 15 minutes. Stir in maple syrup, salt, and pepper; divide soup between 6 serving bowls. Garnish with chives.