Wild Rice Chowder

Minnesota Wild Rice Chowder Soup

Hey foodie friends! Gourmet Gus is heading home this week in addition to craving some homemade Wild Rice soup! Although, Gus loves being out for an adventure he loves being home in Minnesota with a bowl his famous Minnesota Wild Rice Chowder Soup. When we cook up this delicious soup friends and neighbors will come knocking on Gus’s door soup cups in hand. With a soup this tasty anyone would be ready to eat it all themselves, but this cozy warm soup is best with friends, family, and crusty buttered bread. Firstly, let’s get this tasty slower cooker crock pot soup cooking. Secondly, grab a loaf of tasty crusty bread from your local bakery, or bake up your own. Lastly, get ready to share this tasty soup and for the kids to mop up every last drop with a slice of bread!

Gourmet Gus’s comforts of Home

Wild rice, a tasty grain native to North America, has deep roots in in Minnesota and surrounding states. Long ago, Native Americans in the Great Lakes region harvested wild rice, also known as “Manoomin,” as a source for food and nutrition. They carefully collected wild rice from the pristine lake & river waters, which is a practice that still continues continues today.

Now, let’s talk about this Gourmet Gus version of Wild Rice Soup, though this time with a chowder twist! Wild rice soup indeed celebrates the rich heritage of wild rice in Minnesota. Moreover, as mentioned, it was traditionally harvested as “Manoomin” for countless years.
Gus’s Minnesota Wild Rice Chowder blends the nutty, earthy flavors of wild rice with with vegetables, rich broth, and tarragon, and above all helps the wild rice truly shine! Therefore it’s time to gather family & friends, gather ingredients, stir the pot, and get ready for a tasty adventure from home with Gourmet Gus!

Wild Rice…is it even rice?

Wild rice chowder, a comforting soup for the whole family

Attention Parents Cooking with Kids

Parents should use their own discretion in which steps their kids perform and should always prioritize kitchen safety!
Chopping Vegetables: (Kid Effort Score 2 out of 5) Using a kid-safe knife to chop vegetables can be a fun and educational activity for children. Although, this rating of 2 reflects the fact that this step can be kid-friendly with the right precautions
Measuring Ingredients: (Kid Effort Score 3 out of 5) This one takes a bit of math and supervision to get it right, but at this point it’s all about learning
Assemble the Wild Rice Soup: (Kid Effort Score 1 out of 5) All about the fun here! Have the kiddos dump all the pre-measure wild rice chowder ingredients into slow cooker
Finishing the soup: (Kid Effort Score 1 out of 5) Quick and easy step and the finishing touch here! Add the pre-measured cream and give it a stir to incorporate.

Minnesota Wild Rice Chowder

Midwestern fall comfort food with a chowder twist
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 20 minutes
Course dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Traditional American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 400 kcal


  • 1 Slow Cooker (e.g. Crock Pot)
  • 1 Kid Safe Knife
  • 1 Cutting Board
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons


  • 1 Cup Wild Rice
  • 4 Cups Chicken Stock
  • 1 Cup Corn Kernels (Fresh or Frozen)
  • 1/2 Lb Pre-Cooked Sausage, Diced (Kielbasa or Andouille)
  • 1 Cup Onion, Diced
  • 1 Cup Celery, Diced
  • 1 Cup Carrot, Diced
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Minced or Grated
  • 2 tsp Tarragon, Dried (or Fresh if available)
  • 1 Cup Heavy Cream (For finishing)
  • to taste Salt & Pepper


  • Combine Ingredients: In the crockpot, add the following ingredients all at once: wild rice, diced sausage, diced onion, diced celery, diced carrots, minced garlic, dried tarragon, chicken stock, and corn kernels. Stir to combine.
  • "Set it…and forget it!": Set your crockpot to low heat and cook for about 6-8 hours or on high heat for approximately 4-6 hours. The timing may vary depending on your crockpot, so check it periodically. The rice should be tender, and the flavors will meld together over time.
  • Finish with Cream: About 30 minutes before serving, stir in the heavy cream. Let the chowder continue to cook for the remaining time. Be careful not to let it boil in the crockpot once the cream is added, as it may curdle.
  • Season and Serve: Season the chowder with salt and pepper to taste. Adjust the tarragon, salt, and pepper as needed. Ladle the chowder into bowls, garnish with fresh tarragon if desired, and serve hot.
Keyword Basic Cooking Skills, Basic Recipe, Cooking with Kids, Easy Weeknight Dinner, Family-Friendly Recipe, Kid-Friendly Recipe, Slow Cooker

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