Photo: Caitlin Bensel
Active Time
32 Mins
Total Time
40 Mins
Yield
Serves 6 (serving size: about 1 2/3 cups)

Go ahead and flag this recipe—it’s sure to become a family favorite. A pot of pure comfort, it’s a slightly thickened, creamy chicken soup with a finishing garnish of smoky bacon. For convenience, we call for precooked wild rice; if you can’t find it, you can substitute 2 cups of your own cooked wild rice or a package of precooked brown rice. If you’re in a real time crunch, look in your supermarket’s produce section for prechopped mirepoix; that’s the combo of onion, carrot, and celery that creates the flavor foundation here.

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high. Add bacon to pan; cook 4 minutes or until crisp. Remove bacon from pan with a slotted spoon, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings. Add onion, carrot, and celery to drippings in pan; sauté 3 minutes. Add thyme, mushrooms, and garlic; sauté 5 minutes. Add stock and 1 cup water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 8 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add kale, salt, and pepper; cook 3 minutes. Stir in chicken and rice.

Step 2

Combine half-and-half and flour in bowl, stirring with a whisk. Stir into soup; cook 2 minutes or until thickened. Top with bacon.

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