This Slow Cooker Autumn Wild Rice Soup is ideal for those days when you’re craving a cozy, comforting bowl of soup but you aren’t wanting to stand over the stove for hours making dinner. This dish is beautifully creamy and full of amazing flavors like tender mushrooms, wild rice, sweet potatoes, and carrots. Slow Cooker Autumn Wild Rice Soup is hearty, rich, and delicious! Don’t forget your favorite crackers or bread for dipping!
Ingredients• 6 cups vegetable stock • 1 cup uncooked wild rice • 8 ounces baby bella mushrooms, sliced • 4 cloves garlic, minced • 2 medium carrots, diced • 2 ribs celery, diced • 1 large (about 1 pound) sweet potato, peeled and diced • 1 white onion, small, peeled and diced • 1 bay leaf • 1 1/2 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning • 3 tablespoons butter • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour • 1 1/2 cups milk • 2 large handfuls of kale, roughly chopped with thick stems removed • kosher salt • freshly-cracked black pepper
Combine the vegetable stock, wild rice, mushrooms, garlic, carrots, celery, sweet potato, onion, bay leaf, and Old Bay seasoning in the bowl of a large slow cooker.
Stir briefly to combine, then place the lid on the slow cooker.
Cook on high for 2-3 hours, until the rice is cooked and tender.
During the final 10 minutes of slow-cooking, in a medium saucepan over the stovetop, cook the butter over medium-high heat until melted.
Whisk in the flour until combined, and cook for 1 minute.
Gradually add in the milk, and whisk until combined.
Continue cooking, stirring frequently, until the mixture nearly comes to a simmer and has thickened. It should be very thick.
Add the cream sauce and kale to the soup, and stir gently until combined.
Taste and season with salt and pepper, plus any extra Old Bay seasoning, if you would like.