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
- 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
- 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.
- 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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