½ pound ground pork Italian sausage
½ medium onion, sliced
1 celery rib, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon canola oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup water
½ cup chopped cauliflower
1 medium tomato, peeled, seeded, and diced
1 medium carrot, sliced
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ tablespoon each: dried basil and dried thyme
¼ teaspoon each: dried oregano and ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 bay leaf
1 cup cooked wild rice
2½ cups whole milk, divided
1 tablespoon flour
In a medium saucepan, stir-fry sausage, onion and celery in oil. Add garlic; cook for 1 minute. Add water, cauliflower, tomato, carrot and seasonings; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover; simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in wild rice and 2 cups of milk. In a small bowl, whisk flour into half cup milk; whisk into soup, stirring constantly. Bring to boil; cook until thickened, stirring constantly. Remove bay leaf.
Recipe compliments of the Minnesota Cultivated Wild Rice Council and was the 2022 wild rice recipe contest finalist.
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