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
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

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.

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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.


Reviewed Sep. 25, 2013

This turned out really delicious. I added about 1/2 cup more of my turkey broth but only because I added a bit of orzo to the soup, or wild rice would have been great. I used garlic instead of the powder. I have no idea what happened to the previous reviewer but it was not at all too thick unless it had boiled so long that the broth evaporated. From my turkey, I still have lots of broth for another soup. I would recommend this recipe.

Reviewed Sep. 30, 2012

I followed the directions to a T, yet this soup wasn't very soupy at all. I think there's something wrong with the quantity of stock it calls for...when I put in 2 cups, it was way too thick, so I thinned it with 2 more cups, and it was still way too thick (it was more like a dip than a chowder). I didn't have any more stock on hand, but I think it needs at least 2 more cups, and probably more like 4-6 more cups. The taste was ok, but it also needed some lemon or lime juice to brighten the flavor. Overall, I would NOT recommend this recipe; there are better ones out there.

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