Happy New Year! This year I’m starting off with an Instant Pot ham a wild rice soup recipe. I make all kinds of soups during the holidays. Usually because there are so many leftovers from the holiday meals, but also because it’s so damn cold. Currently it’s about -14°. That’s Minnesota, and that’s why we make things like Tater Tot Hot Dish. It’s also probably why we drink.
Anyway, Ham and Wild Rice Soup is a staple around the holidays. As any good Minnesotan knows, the best ham and wild rice soup comes from Byerly’s and this recipe relies heavily on their recipe which you can find here. I love this soup so hard, but it’s got a lot more salt than I can tolerate so I have made some adjustments to the original. I use a ton more onion, no chicken brother (because I didn’t look at the recipe when I made it, and didn’t have any), and possibly more sherry than it calls for. It’s a forgiving recipe that can easily be tailored to your tastes.
Here is my altered version of this recipe with instructions for the Instant Pot:
Instant Pot Ham and Wild Rice Soup
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 chopped carrots
1/2 cup diced celery
3 cups wild rice prepared (I used leftover wild rice from Christmas dinner, it had water chestnuts and mushrooms in it which I think added some lovely flavor and texture)
2 cups chopped ham
A couple of handfuls of slivered almonds
1 cup half and half
1/2 cup (ish) dry sherry
Putting it all together:
Make a mirepoix with the onions, celery and carrots using the sauté setting on the Instant Pot. Don’t let them brown, you just want to bring out the flavor of each ingredient.
Add the ham, wild rice and enough water to cover the ingredients.
Set the Instant Pot on manual high pressure for 5 minutes and let cook.
Do a quick pressure release and when safe to open add your almonds, flour, half and half and sherry. I simply mixed the flour with the half and half but you could mix it with the sherry too or mix all of them together. You may need to add additional water or if you prefer chicken broth.
Cook using the sauté setting until the soup has thickened to your liking.
That’s it! Serve with the leftover rolls and you’ve got a scrumptious meal for these fridgid days.