My Minnesota Chicken Wild Rice Soup is a delicious chicken soup with wild Minnesota rice, vegetables and cream and is equally great for cold northern winters or any day of the year! 

*ingredients :
°1 C raw wild-rice (wash well in hot water using  fine strainer)
°9 cups chicken broth (divided - 6 cups for soup, 3 cups for cooking wild rice)
°½ cup butter (salted)
°½ cup yellow onion (peeled and finely chopped)
°3 carrots (washed and diced)
°4 ribs celery (washed and diced - use green celery leaves if you have a few)
°2 bay leaves
°½ teaspoon dried thyme
°1 tablespoon fresh parsley (chopped - use 12 tablespoons chopped parsley for garnish, if desired)
°½ teaspoon garlic powder
°1 cube chicken stock (use Knorr brand cubes)
°pepper salt (to taste, start with about ½ teaspoon each)
°a glass dried white wine
°2 cups cooked chicken (minced or boneless chicken, skinless)
°Half a cup of heavy cream

* Instructions :

Minnesota wild rice must be rinsed well in hot water about at least 30 sec. Starting with 1 C of wash, raw wild rice in saucepan with 3 C of hot chicken broth when you preparerest of soup ingredients      *Using chicken broth will add another layer of flavor to the wild rice, but I filter the cooked wild rice and discard the broth that was used because it can add a bitter flavor to the   
  In saucepan , dissolve butter on heat. Adding chop onions, carrots, & celery (I love mirapoaks in this finely chop soup, so I often chop & chop them  some times in  food processor). Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are translucent and carrots are tender, about 5 minutes.
Add the spices (thyme, parsley, garlic powder, salt and pepper) as well as the bay leaves and chicken stock cube. Add dry white wine and chicken broth, then stir well.
Raise heat to high & bring soup to boil, & reduce heat, covering & simmer for 21 minutes.
Add the minced chicken, cooked Minnesota wild rice, and heavy cream. Continue to simmer over low heat until heated through, about 4 to 5 minutes.
Remove the bay leaves, and taste and adjust seasonings as needed based on personal preference.

Enjoy !