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Harvest Turkey Soup Recipe
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Harvest Turkey Soup Recipe

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The recipe for this super soup evolved over the years. I've been diabetic since I was 12, so I've learned to use herbs and spices to make dishes like this taste terrific. It also has a colorful blend of vegetables. -Linda Sand, Winsted, Connecticut
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Cook: 2-1/2 hours + cooling
MAKES:22 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Cook: 2-1/2 hours + cooling
MAKES: 22 servings


  • 1 leftover turkey carcass (from a 12-pound turkey)
  • 5 quarts water
  • 2 large carrots, shredded
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 1 can (28 ounces) stewed tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup fresh or frozen peas
  • 3/4 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach
  • 1 tablespoon salt, optional
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme


  1. Place the turkey carcass and water in a Dutch oven or large soup kettle; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours. Remove carcass; allow to cool. Remove turkey from bones and cut into bite-size pieces; set aside.
  2. Strain broth. Add carrots, celery, onion and bouillon; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Add the tomatoes, peas, rice, spinach, salt if desired, pepper, marjoram, thyme and reserved turkey. Return to a boil; cook, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until rice is tender. Yield: 22 servings (5-1/2 quarts).
Originally published as Harvest Turkey Soup in Taste of Home October/November 1996, p27

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Reviewed Nov. 8, 2015

"This is a family favorite of ours!"

Reviewed Jul. 31, 2013

"This soup was excellent! I made it with leftover turkey and commercial turkey broth. Everyone loved it."

Reviewed Nov. 25, 2012

"I have NEVER made a turkey soup that even the dog would eat! They wound up in the trash, sadly. This recipe is FANTASTIC!

Just made it and am jogging to make room for seconds! Thanks Linda!! A winner for sure. Only change I made was Bell's Poultry Seasoning instead of listed seasonings-a family favorite.Yumm!"

Reviewed Nov. 23, 2012

"I make this every year after Thanksgiving. The soup turns out delish every time. Great recipe, thanks for sharing this one!"

Reviewed Oct. 9, 2012

"Since the first time this recipe was published, it's been my "go to" recipe for turkey soup. My husband and family LOVE it! Thanks for sharing such a keeper recipe."

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