Chunky Turkey Soup Recipe
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Chunky Turkey Soup Recipe

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This hearty, chunky soup is the perfect answer to your Turkey Day leftovers. Combining the earthy flavors of curry and cumin, no one will mistake it for canned soup! Jane M. Scanlon, Marco Island, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + simmering Cook: 40 min.
MAKES:12 servings
Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + simmering Cook: 40 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 leftover turkey carcass (from a 12- to 14-pound turkey)
  • 4-1/2 quarts water
  • 1 medium onion, quartered
  • 1 medium carrot, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 celery rib, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • SOUP:
  • 2 cups shredded cooked turkey
  • 4 celery ribs, chopped
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 4 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups equals 175 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 19 mg cholesterol, 595 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 12 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 lean meat


  1. Place the turkey carcass in a stockpot; add the water, onion, carrot and celery. Slowly bring to a boil over low heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours.
  2. Discard the carcass. Strain broth through a cheesecloth-lined colander. If using immediately, skim fat. Or cool, then refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight; remove fat from surface before using. (Broth may be refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen for 4-6 months.)
  3. Place the soup ingredients in a stockpot; add the broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until pasta and vegetables are tender. Yield: 12 servings (1-1/3 cups each).
Originally published as Chunky Turkey Soup in Taste of Home October/November 2008, p49

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Reviewed Jun. 15, 2011

"Excellent! Didn't have "turkey carcass", decreased water to 3 quarts and added vegetables (both what was to be added to make the stock, and what was required for the soup). Added mushrooms and extra noodles. Very tasty!"

Reviewed Nov. 30, 2009

"Used bouillon cubes, more carrots and homemade noodles. Will throw out all other turkey and chicken soup recipes and use only this one from now on. Fantastac"

Reviewed Nov. 28, 2008

"I would increase the bouillon to 6 tsp, I used 3 c turkey, and more carrots than called for. It's got a lot of broth, needs more stuff to be "chunky." but it's excellent. I use low-sodium bouillon so that may be an issue also. Very tasty."

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