If you love wild rice soup, then you are going to LOVE this version of it made with ham! This Instant Pot recipe for ham and wild rice soup is a must-make for anyone looking to use up leftover ham. In fact, you may want to make ham just to make this recipe because it is fantastic.
Who else gets excited about using up a leftover ham bone? Anyone? Every year, I get SO excited and spend probably hours dreaming up ways to use up the ham bone (I’m a food blogger after all) and you guys, THIS rich and creamy ham soup is my favorite recipe to date! It’s absolutely drool-worthy delicious! Really, look up “drool-worthy delicious” in the dictionary and you will find THIS SOUP. And well, maybe my whole blog 😉 (I’m such a child, I know).
Even if you make the juiciest and most flavorful ham ever, chances are you and your family won’t be able to finish said ham. Earlier this week I shared my recipe for heating ham in an Instant Pot and I highly recommend you make my recipe for ham as it is delicious! Also, you will most definitely need a ham bone – DO NOT MAKE THIS SOUP WITHOUT THE BONE! The ham bone is full of magic flavor and this soup will not be the same without it! Okay, hopefully that didn’t come across as angry shouting. I worry about that with the internet sometimes. In one of my previous jobs, we had to write in all-caps all the time and sometimes I’d forget to make the switch when chatting with friends on Gchat while at work. My friends probably thought I was either excited or angry all the time, lol. Or well, since they’re my friends they probably just thought I was being goofy.
OH oh oh! Did I mention that this recipe is gluten-free AND can be dairy-free too?! Yes, it’s true. I know that gluten-free and dairy-free wild rice soup is practically unheard of, especially if you find it in restaurants. But my friends, this soup is both of those things AND it’s so good that you won’t even notice! I use potatoes to make a roux instead of flour! I blend cooked potatoes with coconut milk (you can use heavy cream or whole milk if you want to) and the result is a thick and creamy sauce that makes this soup so rich and velvety.
Everything about this soup is perfection: creamy sauce, tender smoky ham and slightly chewy, nutty wild rice.
I use cultivated wild rice in this recipe – I buy mine from Trader Joe’s, but if you can get your hands on hand harvested wild rice then please know that I am jealous.
One thing you should definitely know about this soup is that it makes A LOT of soup. Like 10 cups worth. But trust me, you’ll want it all!
This really is the best leftover ham soup – absolutely perfect for the holiday season. You can serve it with some biscuits (try my 4-ingredient coconut flour biscuits) or if you’re not gluten-free then enjoy it with some crusty bread. Make sure to come back and tell me how much you loved this recipe!
For more Leftover Ham Recipes, you might like:
- Ham and Red Lentil Soup
- Spicy Ham and Potato Breakfast Hash
- French Garbure Soup
- Cantonese Ham and Lotus Root Soup
Need to make a ham first? Here’s my recipe for ham with a spiced honey glaze (instant pot).
- 8 cups water
- 1 meaty ham bone
- 2 cups diced cooked ham
- 1 ½ cups uncooked wild rice I get mine from Trader Joe's
- 1 onion diced
- 1 cup chopped carrots
- 1 cup chopped celery
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 Serrano pepper minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme plus extra for garnish
- 2 teaspoons minced fresh sage
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 2 medium russet potatoes leave whole and unpeeled
- 1 cup full-fat coconut milk or heavy cream/milk
- Parsley garnish
- Rinse the wild rice and drain.
- Add all of the ingredients to the pot except for the potatoes and coconut milk. Mix well.
- Place the whole unpeeled potatoes on top of the soup in the pot.
- Secure the lid, close the pressure valve and cook for 30 minutes at high pressure.
- Naturally release pressure.
- Remove the whole potatoes and place them into a blender along with the coconut milk. Pour this mixture back into the pot and mix well.
- Garnish with parsley and serve.
- This makes A LOT of soup (10 cups) which makes it the perfect thing to serve a large group! Use the leftover ham bone from your holiday celebrations to make this soup for your family and any guests!