Slow Cooker Wild Rice Vegetable Soup

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A healthy wild rice soup recipe made with butternut squash, kale and white beans. This Slow Cooker Wild Rice Vegetable Soup is a vegetarian and vegan crockpot soup recipe.

I love every single recipe that I share here on Kristine’s Kitchen, but there are a few that I just know I’m going to make again and again. Which is not an easy thing to say as a food blogger who is constantly testing out new recipes. Sometimes I don’t get to make old favorites as often as I’d like.

Not surprisingly, many of my favorite recipes are easy slow cooker recipes. I originally shared this soup recipe in 2017 and it has become such a favorite with my family and with readers that I’m updating this post with new tips and resharing it today.

I shared a sneak peek of this recipe on Instagram as it was going into my crock pot the first time that I made it. A few people asked for the recipe right away which let me know that I’m not the only one who gets excited when butternut squash and wild rice get together in the slow cooker! Then, when I was happily eating this for lunch at work a few friends asked about the recipe as well. I made a mental note to get the recipe up on the blog as soon as possible!

This Slow Cooker Wild Rice Vegetable Soup is a great option for make ahead lunches or dinners. You can portion it out into individual serving containers for work lunches. You can also freeze portions for later. My Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup is another favorite that freezes well.

This wild rice soup recipe reheats well so you can make it ahead and then enjoy it throughout the week. Making a big pot of soup on Sunday is one of my favorite meal prep tricks.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 cup wild rice or wild rice blend (uncooked) the cook time listed on the package should be about 45 minutes, rinsed and drained
  • 1 medium butternut squash peeled, seeded and cut into ¾-inch pieces (about 4 cups)
  • 15 ounce can white beans I used cannellini, rinsed and drained
  • 4 ribs celery chopped
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 6 cups chopped kale or fresh spinach, optional

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to the slow cooker except for the broth and kale.
  • Pour the broth into the slow cooker, and gently stir to combine.
  • Cook on low setting for about 6 hours, or on high setting for about 3 ½ hours, until the rice is cooked and tender. As all slow cookers vary, cooking time may be different in your slow cooker compared to mine. Near the end of the cook time, check to see if the rice is done. Once the rice is tender, the soup has cooked long enough.
  • Remove the bay leaf.
  • Stir kale into soup. Serve.

Notes

  • To make on the stovetop, start by sautéeing the onion and celery in 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the remaining soup ingredients, except for the kale. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer and cover. Simmer the soup, stirring occasionally, for about 45 minutes, or until the rice is tender. Remove the bay leaf, stir in the kale and serve.
  • Be sure to use a wild rice or wild rice blend with a stovetop cook time of about 45 minutes listed on the package. Add the rice to the slow cooker uncooked. Different slow cookers cook differently, so the cook times in this recipe are estimates. The rice will be soft after cooking in the slow cooker.
  • You can use sweet potatoes instead of butternut squash in this recipe. Peel the sweet potatoes and chop them into 3/4-inch pieces.

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