Basic Turkey Soup Recipe
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Basic Turkey Soup Recipe

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Katie Koziolek of Hartland, Minnesota notes, "I simmer a rich broth using the turkey carcass, then add favorite vegetables and sometimes noodles."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + cooling Cook: 15 min.
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + cooling Cook: 15 min.
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 1 leftover turkey carcass (from a 12-14 pound turkey)
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
  • 1 celery rib with leaves
  • 1 small onion, halved
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 3 whole peppercorns
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 8 cups turkey broth
  • 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups sliced fresh carrots
  • 1-1/2 cups sliced celery
  • 1 cup sliced fresh green beans
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 4 cups diced cooked turkey

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 136 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 43mg cholesterol, 1024mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 19g protein .


  1. Place all broth ingredients in a large stockpot; cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 25 minutes. Strain broth; discard bones and vegetables. Cool; skim fat. Use immediately for turkey vegetable soup, or refrigerate and use within 24 hours.
  2. For soup, combine broth, bouillon, pepper and vegetables in a large stockpot. Cover and simmer until vegetables are tender, 15-20 minutes. Add turkey; heat through. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Basic Turkey Soup in Taste of Home December/January 1995, p45

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millstone 424
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2013

"Great recipe. Easy to make and great on a cold day. I look forward to this soup every time I make a turkey; for me, it's the reward for all the work on the stuffing and sides. I always add noodles, about the same amount of meat and less vegetables."

WhatcomGirl 421
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2012

"I really enjoyed this simple turkey soup. The broth is rich and easy to make. I added edamame to the list of vegetables."

caglaser 519
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2011

"I had family after Thanksgiving and they just raved about this tirkey soup"

dieter's mom 300
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2011

"This is THE best recipe for turkey soup I have ever made or tasted. I have used the carcass of a turkey & also the carcass of just a turkey breast. Great recipe."

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