Creamy Turkey Soup Recipe
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Creamy Turkey Soup Recipe

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My mother always prepared a holiday turkey much larger than our family could ever eat in one meal so there'd be plenty of leftovers. That's one tradition I've kept up. This hearty soup uses a lot of turkey and is great after watching football games and raking leaves. -Kathleen Harris, Galesburg, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 celery ribs with leaves, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon each dried thyme, savory and parsley flakes
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 4 cups cubed cooked turkey
  • 5 medium carrots, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1 to 2 cups turkey or chicken broth
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen peas

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 300 calories, 14 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 82 mg cholesterol, 636 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 26 g protein.


  1. In a large kettle, saute onion and celery in butter until tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in flour and seasonings; gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Add turkey and carrots. Add enough broth until soup is desired consistency. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  2. Add peas; cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Yield: 6-8 servings (2 quarts).
Originally published as Creamy Turkey Soup in Taste of Home December/January 1996, p25

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Reviewed Dec. 3, 2015

"We hated this soup - there is WAY TOO MUCH THYME in it. I even tried to dilute it with more chicken stock and then cream (I used coconut cream, actually), but it was still too much. I tried Garlic. DIdn't work. It was inedible and we threw it away! It was way too much work pulling the turkey off the carcass to throw it away! I DO NOT recommend this and will NOT make it again, unless I use NO Thyme and only garlic. Maybe add potatoes or rice."

Reviewed Feb. 16, 2015

"Excellent! Quick easy and delish! We have made this multiple times, sometimes with left overs from Thanksgiving, others with a cooked turkey breast and stock I had (both chicken and turkey). I have never added savory but followed all else, used canned peas vs. frozen and this last time, a can of mushrooms with the can of peas! Highly recommended and nothing but compliments. Love it!"

Reviewed Apr. 1, 2014

"My whole family loves this soup and I love how quick and easy it is to prepare!"

Reviewed Dec. 1, 2013

"I made this soup with thanksgiving turkey leftovers. It was pretty easy to prepare, and the directions were straight forward. The only change I made was that I added a whole stick of butter. I added two cups of broth and the consistency was thick soup-like. My two year old ate it and kept saying how good it was-which made me happy because he is sometimes a picky eater. My husband also really enjoyed the soup. I will without a doubt make this recipe again!"

Reviewed Oct. 15, 2013

"Recipe might call for too much flour causing extra thickness. I substituted heavy cream and skipped the thickening step. My version is great for low carbers / ketogenic followers. Also added a splash of white wine with broth.


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