Want a Heartier Meal During Soup Season? Try Cream of Rice!

With the holidays behind us and spring not quite around the corner, we find ourselves firmly nestled in what many people lovingly refer to as soup season. While we love a comforting bowl of hot soup as much as anyone, it can sometimes leave us feeling unsatisfied.

Soups heavy on broth can keep us wanting more, while stews stuffed with creams, hunks of meat, or lots of noodles can be a bit too much, or even feel like entirely different meals.

Enter Cream of Rice – the perfect sweet spot. Filling enough to keep you satisfied, yet light enough to power you through your day without inducing a nap. Check out our favorite ways to enjoy below, with these satisfying and filling cream of rice recipes.

Tomato Basil Cream of Rice

Sauté some cherry tomatoes in olive oil, salt, and pepper, and add them to a steaming hot bowl of Cream of Rice for a heartier twist on tomato soup. Top with fresh basil and crunchy croutons to take this all-time favorite to the next level.

Broccoli Cheese Cream of Rice

Indulge in this riff off the diner-special broccoli cheese soup when you crave a creamy meal without feeling too heavy. Cook broccoli your favorite way – grilled, sauteed, oven-baked, microwaved or with a nice crisp steam – while preparing your cream of rice.

When ready, sprinkle easily-melting shredded cheese like cheddar, gouda, or American (or all three!) on your hot Cream of Rice and mix it all together. Spice it up with some red pepper flakes, add your broccoli on top, and enjoy!

Gluten-Free Chicken “Noodle” Cream of Rice

Love the classic taste of chicken noodle soup but cutting back on gluten? Use Instant Cream of Rice to swap glutenous noodles for a creamy, gluten-free rice base.

First, cook a packet of Cream of Rice in your favorite chicken broth for extra flavor, then add a little extra broth to your bowl for a rich base. Add chicken soup fillings that are easy to keep stocked in your fridge, like shredded leftover rotisserie chicken, green onions, spiced carrots, and fresh herbs. Et voila! You’ve got yourself a comforting, filling bowl of chicken “noodle” soup. Enjoy!

Curious about other ways to enjoy Cream of Rice all year long? Check out our recipe page here! Discover where to buy Cream of Rice near you so you can try all of these great Cream of Rice recipes and others too – use our handy Where to Buy tool and then get cooking!