Miss V picked this recipe out from my Taste of Home, Heartwarming Soup magazine from last year. I did make a few modifications.
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced (I used 4 small cloves)
1/4 cup butter, cubed (I used unsalted)
6 tbs all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt (I used more after I tasted it a couple times)
1/4 tsp black pepper (again I used more after tasting)
4 cups chicken broth (I used a box of Kitchen Basic Stock)
1 1/2 cups cubed peeled potatoes (I used 3 large russet and it was more than a cup and half)
1/2 cup chopped carrot (I used 2 large carrots and it was more than 1/2 cup)
1 bay leaf (I used two dried)
1/2 tsp dried thyme (I used a bit more, after tasting and I used dried leaves not ground)
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg (I used fresh nutmeg)
3 cups cooked wild rice (I used a mix of long grain and wild, it came preseasoned which I didn't notice when I bought it. So I shook it through a fine mesh strainer)
2 1/2 cups cubed fully cooked ham (I used a 16 oz package of cubed ham)
2 cups half and half
1 can (15 1/4 oz) whole kernel corn, drained (I used about 3 cups frozen corn, thawed)
(Since I used more veggies, I did end up by adding a couple cups of water)
In a dutch oven saute onion and garlic in the butter until they are tender. Add the flour, salt and pepper until combined. Add in the stock. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir for two minutes until thick and bubbly.
Add the potatoes, carrots, bay leaves, thyme and nutmeg. Return to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes or until the potato and carrot are fork tender. Stir in the rice, ham and corn. This is where I saw that it was way to thick so I added about two cups of water. Then added the half and half. Heat through, but DO NOT BOIL!
The original recipe states that it yields 8-10 servings. Mine easily made 12 -15 servings. I like making enough so that my husband and Miss V could have some for lunches the next day and even have it for dinner tonight.
I served it with crusty bread.